Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Welcomes New Principal Investigator
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
New hire brings significant expertise in inflorescence evolution and development to the region
ST. LOUIS, MO – October 21, 2014 – As expansion efforts continue to advance, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has hired Andrea Eveland, Ph.D., as a principal investigator and assistant member. Her research program will complement the Center’s groundbreaking work in plant cereal crops and bioenergy grasses.
Eveland’s research focuses on understanding how inflorescences, the structures that bear flowers and ultimately grain, are formed in cereal crops, the underlying gene networks that control variation in inflorescence architecture and how this translates to increased yield. Her research integrates computational and experimental approaches to develop predictive models for adaptation of cereal crops to changing environments and to define targets for enhancing yield potential.
Eveland’s work addresses important agricultural challenges by identifying key genes and pathways as control points for yield, linking developmental and stress networks, and translating across grasses, including orphan grain crops grown in developing countries that have seen little crop improvement.
"Colleagues at the Danforth Center are developing resources for systems-level studies in grasses, providing the ideal infrastructure for my research in developmental and comparative genomics of cereal crops,” said Eveland. “My program brings expertise in inflorescence development, which extends existing research at the Center aimed at improving yield traits in cereals. I am looking forward to exciting collaborations with an outstanding team of scientists here.”
Additionally, 3-4 scientific personnel will be recruited to her laboratory team over the next several months. After receiving her Ph.D. in plant molecular and cell biology in 2008 from the University of Florida- Gainesville, Eveland was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in biological informatics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 2008-2010, where she later became a computational postdoctoral fellow from 2010-2014 before joining the Danforth Center.
She is a member of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Plant Biologists, and the Maize Genetics Cooperative.
For additional information, contact:
Karla Roeber, (314) 587-1231
Melanie Bernds, (314) 587-1647