Toni Kutchan, Ph.D.

It's fulfilling to think that your discovery may find its way to benefit humankind.  It’s what we live for in science. The support system is here at the Danforth Center to fill the gap between discovery and utilization.  Everyone is acutely aware of the need to transition from ideas to products in the market to solve problems.


Toni Kutchan

Toni serves as Vice President for Research and is the Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator. Prior to joining the Danforth Center in 2006, she spent 20 years researching biochemistry at the University of Munich and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Germany.  Toni was elected to the American Association of the Academy of Science in 2017 and the prestigious German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2010 in recognition of her scientific achievements. Toni received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from St. Louis University and bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Research Team

Ballard, Nicole

Coyle, Judy

Gowen, Tori

Kilgore, Matthew

Augustin, Megan