Bachelor of Science, Washington State University, 1969; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1974.
Senior scientist Agrigenetics, Madison, Wisconsin, 1981-1988. Assistant adjunct professor University Wisconsin, 1987-1991. Assistant professor virology Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1991—1996, since 1996, associate professor virology, since 1997.
Panel member for grant review panels United States Department of Agriculture, 1985, 86, Department of Energy, 1988.
Member American Phytopathological Society, American Society Virology, International Society Plant Molecular Biology.
Married Robert Edward Fries, February 14, 1976. Children: Michael, Matthew.