John J. Harada is a Professor of Plant Biology at UC Davis and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Biological Sciences. He received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry at UCLA in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Washington in 1981. Prior to his appointment at UC Davis in 1984, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at UCLA. Professor Harada's research program focuses on plant developmental biology. Specifically, his lab uses genomic, molecular, genetic, and biochemical approaches to define the mechanisms that underlie and control embryo and seed development in higher plants. In 2006, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Professor Harada teaches undergraduate lecture courses in plant development and plant molecular and cell biology for biology majors. He also teaches distance learning courses with UCLA and Tuskegee University on genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture and law for non-science undergraduate students and a graduate course between UC Davis and Nara Institute of Science and Technology. He was awarded the University’s Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007. His service activities have involved participation on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and advisory committees for federal agencies and program projects. He has also chaired the Graduate Group in Plant Biology at UC Davis, the College of Biological Sciences Faculty Personnel Committee, the UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, and the American Society of Plant Biologists Minority Affairs Committee.