Profiles of Participating Scientists

Thomas BrutnellThomas Brutnell, PhD

Director of Enterprise Institute and Principal Investigator

Tom moved to the Danforth Center in early 2012 to lead the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels. Prior to this appointment, he was an Associate Scientist at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University where he developed genetic and genomic tools for model grasses.  He received his PhD at Yale University and received postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford.

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Terry Woodford-ThomasTerry Woodford-Thomas, PhD


The Derick and Sally Driemeyer
Director of Science Education and Outreach

Terry came to the Danforth Center in 2001 as a principal investigator from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her transition into science education and outreach is based upon her enthusiasm for teaching, and keen interest in advancing public science education and working with students. Terry received a BS in Botany at Eastern Illinois University, a MS in Plant Physiology and Plant Pathology at Purdue, and a PhD in Developmental Biology from Virginia Tech. She did postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and combines her interests in plant science, biotechnology and human health to develop science education programs that showcase Danforth Center research.

 

Ruth Kaggwa, PhD,

Education Programs Facilitator, Science Education & Outreach

Ruth joined the Danforth Center in 2015 to facilitate Education and Outreach programs. Ruth obtained her BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Crop sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She obtained her PhD in Plant Sciences from the University of Arizona where she carried out extensive field research on cotton agronomy, wheat root system growth dynamics and their interactions with nutrient management. Ruth has experience in both formal and informal science education and is interested in contributing to its dissemination to the public.

 

Hui JiangHui Jiang, MS

Senior Laboratory Technician

Hui moved to the Danforth Center in early 2012 from Boyce Thompson Institute. She joined Brutnell lab in early 2011 and has been working on the development of genetic resource and tools for Setaria viridis . She received her MS degree from the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University in 2008.

 

 

Sankalpi WarnasooriyaSankalpi Warnasooriya, PhD

Post Doctoral Associate

Sankalpi joined the Danforth Center in January 2012 to develop Setaria viridis as a genetic model to characterize the shade avoidance response. Her research findings will benefit to increase the planting densities of C4 bioenergy grasses to obtain more biomass yield from one unit of land area. Sankalpi obtained her BS degree in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. For her PhD in Genetics and postdoctoral training, Sankalpi studied at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University.

 

 

BethBeth Prakash, MS

Program Assistant, Science Education & Outreach

Beth earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Miami, then moved to St. Louis to complete her Master’s degree at Saint Louis University. Beth is interested and has experience in both formal and informal science education, and enjoys teaching biology to audiences of all ages.

 

Where plant science research meets the classroom