John Daniel Kemp, Ph.D.

John Kemp

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: New Mexico State University
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

John Daniel Kemp, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at New Mexico State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biochemistry and molecular genetics.

Dr. Kemp commenced his career as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington from 1965 to 1968. Subsequently becoming a professor of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the following 13 years, he also served as the associate director of the Agrigenetics Advanced Research Laboratories in Madison from 1981 to 1985. He concluded his career as a professor and director of the Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory at New Mexico State University, a position he started in 1985. He currently holds the title of professor emeritus.

Among his notable achievements, Dr. Kemp is most renowned for co-discovering genetically modified plants and microalgae, having synthesized the first artificial gene for CryIII, a crystal protein highly active in plants. He also created the first “sun bean” as an early GMO. Throughout his tenure, he has also authored papers on plant molecular genetics and biochemistry, and he is a symposium speaker on plant AMOs.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Kemp was a grantee of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Agriculture. He was highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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