Plant Transformation Facility

Plant Transformation Facility (PTF) produces genetically engineered plants that increase our understanding of plant biology and make vital improvements in agriculture. Through this facility, our scientists can improve key characteristics, like innate drought tolerance, disease resistance, nutritional content, and yield, in economically important crops at an accelerated rate. These crop improvements result in technologies that can help feed our growing world more sustainably. 

Our plant transformation lab is setup to perform biolistic and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. We provide full service and support for generation and maintenance of transgenic plants. It also operates as a self-service by providing high-quality workspace to meet project specific demands for researchers. In addition to providing plant transformation services to our scientists, we also work with academic and commercial institutions worldwide.

Genome Modification and Tissue Culture Services


  • Setaria
  • Corn
  • Sorghum
  • Soybean
  • Additional plants are available upon request


  • General equipment
  • Gene-Gun
  • Laminar hoods
  • Culture growth rooms
  • Media and other supplies


  • Tissue culture
  • Transformation
  • Genome editing
  • Construct design
  • DNA delivery systems


  • Scientists and students
  • Workshops
  • Internships
  • Technology Awareness

Technology Development

  • Process optimization
  • New transformation technology development

Laboratory Space and Equipment

Culture Growth Space

  • Conviron walk-in/reach-in plant growth chambers
  • Percival, temperature controlled incubators


  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Incubator shakers
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Centrifuge
  • Dissecting microscopes
  • Inverted microscope
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Electroporators
  • Sonicator
  • BioRad PDS-1000 gene delivery system

Media Preparation Area

  • Autoclave & dishwasher
  • Basic chemicals
  • Glassware & consumables

Request Plant Transformation Services

Facility Fees

The Plant Transformation facility offers competitive pricing for commercial and academic clients, with additional discounts for small businesses. 

For current pricing, please contact Veena Veena, Director of Plant Transformation Facility.

Plant Transformation Protocols

Meet the Team

Veena Veena, PhD, MBA

Plant Transformation Facility, Director

Hal Chappell

Controlled Environment Specialist

Todd Finley

Senior Research Associate

Preethi Vallal

Senior Laboratory Technician

Contact Us






Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Plant Transformation Facility
975 N Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132