Don Weeks, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Donald P. Weeks is the Maxcy Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Weeks is a plant molecular biologist and biochemist specializing in studies of photosynthesis in algae and in the genetic engineering of agricultural crops. His laboratory was responsible for discoveries leading to the development of recently commercialized soybean and cotton varieties that are resistant to the herbicide dicamba. The availability of dicamba resistant crops allow farmers economically favorable strategies to cope with especially tough to control weeds.
Weeks is a graduate of Purdue University and received his PhD degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. He has held professional appointments at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, the Zoecon Research Institute of Sandoz Agro, Inc. in Palo Alto, California and at UNL. At UNL Don has served as Director of the Center for Biotechnology, the inaugural Director of the Nebraska EPSCoR Program, Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Director of the Nebraska Coalition for Algal Biology and Biotechnology.