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Strategic MU Partnership 

Attracts Plant Genomics Experts

Blake Meyers, Ph.D., recently joined the Danforth Plant Science Center as the first of the joint faculty hired between the Danforth Center and University of Missouri (MU). He will hold joint appointments at both institutions and tenure at MU.

“We are very excited to welcome Blake to our growing plant science community,” said James Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center. “He is a real innovator in developing genome-wide approaches and technology to understand how plants function and how they resist diseases. He is well known in the field as a tremendous collaborator, and he will elevate the region’s capabilities in digital science that can be applied to improve people’s lives.” 

Meyers will be working on genome-scale studies of RNA and components of RNA silencing pathways, with a recent emphasis on plant reproductive biology and the evolution of plant small RNAs. Blake has been involved with next-generation DNA sequencing since its earliest days and he has developed a number of applications of this technology, including computational methods, that have a deep impact on plant genomics.

His research will complement the Center’s groundbreaking work in crop improvement and plant-environment interactions. 

“I am looking forward to building on the tradition of great plant science research and education at these two institutions,” said Meyers. “This opportunity was very attractive, because of the unique combination of strengths, the outstanding colleagues at both institutions, the research and core facilities at the Danforth Center, the opportunity to mentor students at MU and the chance to have greater impact through entirely new types of collaboration.”

Formerly the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware, Meyers served through the professor ranks at the University of Delaware since 2002, and also as chair of the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences.  He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in genetics at University of California-Davis and received postdoctoral training at DuPont Crop Genetics and UC Davis.

To read more about this partnership visit the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center's website!