Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Christopher Topp is an Associate Member and Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (2013-), a non-profit plant science research institute in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Chris earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biology with R Kelly Dawe at the University of Georgia (2003-2009) and did his postdoctoral work with Philip Benfey at Duke University (2009-2013) under a USDA-NIFA fellowship. He is Chair and President of the North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN - http://nappn.plant-phenotyping.org/).
The Topp Lab takes an integrated phenomics approach to uncovering the molecular basis of root traits in multiple crop species. We develop root imaging technologies and analytics: in particular X-ray CT, positron emission tomography, and statistical and deep learning methods. By integrating these efforts with natural variation and genomics, we aim to generate new crop varieties with root systems tailored to the local environment that enhance drought tolerance, efficient nutrient uptake, and soil health.
Monday, July 27, 2020
4:17 PM – 4:32 PM EDT