Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
Todd is a recognized expert in functional genomics, bioinformatics, and plant systems biology, and is focused on accelerating discovery and development by more accurately predicting plant performance.
He has built capabilities and toolsets that manipulate gene regulation and enable the study of cascades of ‘omics data in a synthesized manner, and uses a range of environmental conditions to improve predictive outputs. Todd joined the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in 2011, where he maintains his role as a faculty member. His lab uses several C3 and C4 plants and model grass systems in its functional and comparative genomics studies. To improve existing predictive modeling capabilities, Todd is leading an effort to define, characterize and perturb key transcriptional regulatory networks directly relevant to plant responses to stresses and performance (yield, growth). He is also involved in the establishment of a high-throughput digital phenotyping platform to empower trait discovery in monocots. Todd maintains an Adjunct faculty role in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and an Adjunct Faculty position at the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the Danforth Center, he was an Associate Professor at Oregon State University and a member of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing and the Computational and Genome Biology Initiative, as well as the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. Todd was a postdoctoral associate at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California after earning his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of California – Los Angeles and his B.A. in Molecular Biology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.