Lisa Ainsworth is the Research Leader of the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit. She received her BS in Biology at UCLA and PhD in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her research aims to improve crop responses to global atmospheric change, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone pollution. She has held leadership roles in the American Society of Plant Biologists, the International Society for Photosynthesis Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. In 2019, Lisa was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agricultural Sciences and was an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2020.