N. Louise Glass, Ph.D.

N. Louise Glass, Ph.D.

The University of California-Berkeley

N. Louise Glass, Ph.D., is a professor in the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at the University of California-Berkeley and a senior faculty scientist in the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Glass has focused on dissecting transcriptional regulatory networks in filamentous fungi associated with nutrient acquisition and plant biomass deconstruction using systems biology approaches. Glass also works on fungal communication that contributes to decisions on cooperation versus competition among fungi, a project that has been instrumental in defining molecular mechanisms of innate immunity in fungi. Glass’ more recent work includes developing high-throughput functional genomics approaches for non-model fungi to investigate plant-microbe-fungal interactions.

Glass received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis in plant pathology and performed her post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on fungal genetics/molecular biology. Glass joined the University of British Columbia Biotechnology Laboratory in 1989 as an assistant and then associate professor. In 1999, Glass moved to the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at UC-Berkeley, where she currently holds a full professorship position.

Glass is an international leader in systems biology approaches to fungal genetics, genomics and applications of fungi to bioenergy, biofuels and the environment. Glass is the UCB Fred E. Dickinson Chair of Wood Science and Technology, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a fellow of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2021.