Todd C. Mockler, PhD
Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Distinguished Investigator; Principal Investigator
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Todd Mockler is the Geraldine and Robert Virgil Distinguished Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He earned 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. He did postdoctoral research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Prior to joining the Danforth Center, he was an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. His research areas include plant genome sequencing and analysis, gene regulatory networks, circadian clock systems, abiotic stress responses, and high-throughput plant phenotyping. His published work has provided bioinformatic tools and approaches for using large-scale biological datasets to understand plant systems. Todd has been a principal investigator for several international plant genome sequencing consortia, including the Brachypodium distachyon, Oropetium thomaeum, strawberry, and black raspberry genomes. Currently Mockler leads the TERRA-REF and Sorghum Genomics Toolbox (SGT) projects, which are focused on coupling high resolution phenotyping with genomic analysis to accelerate the rate of genetic improvement in bioenergy and grain sorghum, respectively.