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Sharon Long received her undergraduate degree from Caltech, and carried out her PhD studies at Yale, working with Ian Sussex on plant development. She was a postdoc with Fred Ausubel where she began study of rhizobia-legume symbioses. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1982.
Molecular, genetic and biochemical study of bacteria-plant interaction
National Institutes of Health
Biochemistry, genetics and cell biology of plant-bacterial symbiosis