Peggy G. Lemaux, PhD
Peggy Lemaux is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley.
In this position, she has a dual role in participating in public outreach, as well as conducting genetic research on cereal crops. Her outreach communication efforts reach out to consumers, legislators, journalists and K-14 audiences to discuss issues relating to plants, agriculture, food production and the impact of genetic technologies on crops and foods. She is the principal investigator (PI) for UC Berkeley’s CLEAR (Communication, Literacy and Education for Agricultural Research) project, funded by the University of California’s Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative. Their goal is to encourage and train undergrad and grad students and postdocs to communicate science-based information more effectively beyond the borders of the campus. She is also the sole PI for The Millet Project, funded originally by the Berkeley Food Institute, that aims to encourage the growth and consumption of ancient grains, like the drought-tolerant millets. Research efforts have focused on using genetic and genomic technologies to understand and improve crops, like wheat, barley, rice and sorghum. She is currently the lead PI on a $12.3M project, funded by the Department of Energy, to understand how sorghum tolerates drought through analyzing transciptomic, epigenomic, metabolomic and microbiome data in field grown plants subjected to water deprivation. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy and the American Society of Plant Biologists and has also served as president of the nearly 5000-member American Society of Plant Biologists.