James C. Carrington is an OSU Distinguished Professor, the Stewart Professor in Gene Research, and Director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University. Dr. Carrington received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1986. After postdoctoral training, he was a professor at Texas A&M University and Washington State University. In 2001, he moved to Oregon State University in his current roles. He has done research into mechanisms of posttranscriptional and epigenetic silencing involving small RNAs. He has studied the diversity and functions of endogenous small RNA pathways. He also identified key principles of virus-host interactions, including the role of RNA silencing in antiviral defense. His current work focuses of the function and diversification of RNA silencing pathways that affect development and disease in model plants and pathogens. He was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2008.