Arthur Grossman has been a staff scientist at Carnegie Institution for Science since 1982, professor by courtesy at Stanford University and Chief of Genetics at Solazyme, a company that has focused on generating products from algal oils. He received his B.S. from Brooklyn College in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1978 and performed postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller University in 1982. Grossman’s research has focused on the ways in which photosynthetic organisms perceive and acclimate to environmental conditions. His scientific scope extends from elucidating ways in which light is used by photosynthetic organisms that have evolved under diverse environmental conditions, to the responses of cyanobacteria, algae and plants to their nutrient environment. His studies exploit ecological/physiological as well as molecular and genomic tools. He has led the community working on the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (often referred to as the ‘green yeast’) into the genomic era by overseeing the project that generated the complete sequence of the Chlamydomonas nuclear genome. Grossman received the prestigious 2002 Darbaker Prize for his work on microalgae from the Botanical Society of America. In 2009 The National Academy of Sciences awarded Grossman the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal, which is presented once every three years “in recognition of excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae.” He has served on numerous panels to evaluate grants for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy and has been on many scientific editorial boards, including Current Genetics, Journal of Phycology, Eukaryotic Cell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Plant, Plant Physiology and the Annual Review of Genetics and regularly reviews papers for journals such as Science, Nature and PNAS.