Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Professor Tom Brutnell Tom is Director of  the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at Danforth. His research is focused on understanding photosynthetic differentiation and in particular, identifying the transcriptional networks that drive C4 photosynthetic development. Applications of this research include improving photosynthetic efficiencies in emerging bioenergy feedstocks such as Miscanthus and switchgrass, as well as improving yield in existing C4 crops such as maize, sorghum and sugarcane.


DongYeonLeeDr Dong-Yeon Lee Dong-Yeon is currently a postdoc in the Brutnell Lab. He received his PhD in Plant Functional Genomics from the Pohang University of Sciences and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea. He also completed his M.S. degree at POSTECH and received a BSc in Biology from Pusan National University. His research focuses on the understanding and manipulation of networks that influence plastid differentiation in the bundle sheath of rice.




Dr Carla Coelho Carla received her BSc in Biological Sciences in Brazil, at Universidade Federal de Alfenas, where she was part of a Phytochemistry lab, isolating secondary compounds of plants with pharmacological activities. She received her PhD in Plant Physiology in 2013, at Universidade Federal de Lavras – Brazil, identifying candidates that underlie the floral transition in sugarcane and how it impacts agricultural systems and sugar and biofuel production. During that time, she was granted a fellowship to pursue her research at University of Guelph, in Canada. Currently, Carla is a postdoctoral associate at Dr. Thomas Brutnell’s Lab, where she is investigating the roles of potential regulators underlying cell and plastid differentiation in C4 grasses, using maize and Setaria viridis as a model plant.