Eran Pichersky received his B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from UC Davis. After post-doctoral work at Rockefeller University in New York, he joined the Biology Department at the University of Michigan in 1986 and is currently serving as M. M. Marin Collegiate Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology located at the Ann Arbor campus of UM. Pichersky’s lab has long studied the biochemical processes giving rise to the multitude of specialized (secondary) compounds in plants that serve to attract pollinators and protect the plants from herbivores and other harmful organisms, with emphasis on the biosynthesis of terpene and phenylpropanoid volatiles. Recent publications from his lab appeared in Plant Cell (Matsuba et al., 2013), Plant Physiology (Yu and Pichersky 2014), Plant Journal (Basher et al 2015), and a recent review that he coauthored with a former graduate student appeared this year in New Phytologist (Pichersky and Raguso, 2016).