Sharon R. Long, PhD - Founder and Chair, SAB. Dr. Sharon Long is the Wm. C. Steere, Jr. – Pfizer Inc. Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford University, Professor by courtesy in the Department of Biochemistry in the Stanford School of Medicine, and recipient of the 2019 Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology from the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Long and her research group have used genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and imaging to analyze plant-microbe interactions, and have made fundamental discoveries on the chemistry of bacteria-host signaling, gene regulation, and cell biology. Professor Long received her undergraduate education at the California Institute of Technology. Her Ph.D. is in Cell and Developmental Biology from Yale University, where she studied plant developmental biology with Ian Sussex. She carried out postdoctoral training with Fred Ausubel at Harvard University.