With over 170 publications in the plant science field and over 35
years in academia, Ralph Quatrano brings decades of research
experience to the Lewis and Clark team. He has worked with
highly-regarded research teams at the Center for Gene Research and
Biotechnology at Oregon State University, Central Research and
Development at the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE, the University of
North Carolina Chapel Hill, and most recently at Washington University
in St. Louis (WUSTL) and at the Monsanto Company, In addition, he has
much entrepreneurial experience, including being a co-founder of his
own company MOgene, LC in St. Louis. His deep understanding of
biological science and technology combined with his administrative
roles at WUSTL as past dean of the Schools of Arts & Sciences and
Engineering and Applied Science, as well as the Spencer T. Olin
Professor and Chairman of Biology, makes Ralph the ideal lead for the
scientific expertise of our plant sciences investments.
Internationally known for his plant science work, Quatrano was one of
the earliest investigators to apply the tools of molecular biology to
the study of plant gene expression. He is widely recognized for his
contributions to our understanding of genetic regulatory mechanisms
and environmentally triggered cellular responses in plants and
presenting his research at institutions worldwide.
He was editor-in-chief for five years of the journal The Plant Cell,
the premier journal of plant biology; president of the American
Society of Plant Biologists (ASAP); a member of the Advisory Committee
for Biological Sciences Directorate for the National Science
Foundation; on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Rockefeller
Foundation International Program on Rice Biotechnology; and, from
1991-98, on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science magazine, the
publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
(AAAS). He is a Fellow of AAAS, the ASPB, and the Academy of Science
of St. Louis.
Quatrano holds a A.B. in Plant Biology from Colgate University, a M.S.
in Plant Biology from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from