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Christina Kay Kennedy

Christina Kay Kennedy, American microbiologist, director, biology professor. Achievements include research in field of genetics of nitrogen fixing bacteria. Named Outstanding Teacher, University Arizona, 1995; grantee, United States Department of Agriculture, 1992—2002, National Science Foundation, 1997—2002; Commonwealth fellow, The Royal Society, 1978.


  • Kennedy, Christina Kay was born on November 24, 1945 in Dayton. Daughter of David Thomas and Arlene Beatty Kennedy.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with high honors, Northeastern University, Boston, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1972.


    • Research associate Department of Biology, Sussex University, 1972-1973. Principal scientific officer Agriculture and Food Research Council, Brighton, England, 1972—1991. Professor department plant pathology and microbiology University Arizona, Tucson, since 1992.

      Advisor, New Delhi, 1983. International advisory board nitrogen fixation Pasteur Institute, Paris, since 1995. Editor Ferns Microbiology Journal, 1998—2003, Journal of Bacteriology, Washington, 2000—2005.

      Program director National Science Found, Arlington, Virginia, 2004—2006.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research in field of genetics of nitrogen fixing bacteria.


    • Author: Annual Review Microbiology, 1987. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Microbiology (editorial board 2000-2004), National Museum Women in Arts, Kennedy Center Arts, Tucson Museum Art, Arizona Sonoran Museum.





    • Married Paul David Calvert (divorced ). 1 child Meredith Emily Kennedy Calvert.
    • father: David Thomas
    • mother: Arlene Beatty Kennedy
    • spouse: Paul David Calvert
    • child: Meredith Emily Kennedy Calvert Kennedy
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    Born November 24, 1945
    (age 71)
    • 1967
      Northeastern University
    • 1972
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1972 - 1973
      Research associate, Department of Biology
    • 1972 - 1991
      principal scientific officer, Agriculture and Food Research Council
      Brighton, Michigan, United States
    • 1992
      professor, department plant pathology and microbiology University Arizona
      Tucson, Arizona, United States