Dr. McLean joined the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy in November 2008 as a program manager for Photosynthetic Systems. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. McLean was a National Program Leader for Plant Biology in the Competitive Programs Unit of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (now the National Institute of Food and Agriculture), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
She directed and provided leadership for four competitive grant programs while at USDA, three of which were in the National Research Initiative (NRI) competitive grants program: Plant Biology: Environmental Stress, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Breeding and Education, and Biotechnology Risk Assessment. She also served on the Interagency Metabolic Engineering Working Group and as an Acting Integrated Programs Director for the Competitive Programs unit.
Dr. McLean has broad research experience in plant biochemistry and molecular and cell biology, conducting research in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Medical School and in the Plant & Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Ph.D., Molecular Genetics, University of Georgia
B.S., Biology, St. Andrews College