Profile – Thomas P. Brutnell

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Name:

Thomas P. Brutnell

Job Title:

Director, Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Email:

tbrutnell@danforthcenter.org

Phone Number:

Links:

Google Scholar Profile

Biography:

A. Education
1995 Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT / Advisor: Stephen Dellaporta
Biology, Thesis Title: The Epigenetic Regulation of Activator (AC) in Maize
1989 B.S. magna cum laude, University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

B. Appointments
2012 – present Chief Scientific Officer, Benson Hill Biosystems
2012 – present Member & Principal Investigator / Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for
Renewable Fuels, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
2012 – present Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis
2012 – present Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia
2012 – present Adjunct Professor, Washington University-St. Louis
2017- present Member, External Advisory Committee, DGIST, Daegu, Korea
2015 – 2016 Chair, NRGene Scientific Advisory Board
2013 – 2015 Adjunct Professor, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, China
2006 – 2012 Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University, Dept. of Plant Breeding and Genetics
2006 – 2012 Adjunct Associate Professor, Cornell University, Dept. of Plant Biology
2006 – 2012 Associate Scientist, Boyce Thompson Institute
2000 – 2005 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Dept. of Plant Breeding and Genetics
2000 – 2005 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Dept. of Plant Biology
1999 – 2005 Assistant Scientist, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
1995 – 1999 Postdoctoral Assistant, University of Oxford-UK, Dept. of Plant Biology

C. Awards and Honors
2012 AAAS Fellow
2012 International Research Initiatives Scheme (IRIS) Award, Australia
2000 Human Frontier Science Program Short-Term Fellowship
1997 – 1999 BBSRC David Phillips Junior Research Fellow, UK
1996 – 1997 Linacre College Junior Research Fellow, UK
1989 University Honors Scholar, University of Connecticut
1989 Phi Beta Kappa Awarded, University of Connecticut
II. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND RECOGNITION
A. External Service
2017- present Member, External Advisory Committee, DGIST, Daegu, Korea
2017 Co-organizer, Second International Setaria Conference
2017 Member, Maize Genetics Executive Committee
2016 Member, Genetics Society of America
2015 Editor, Cell Systems
2014 to present Co-Organizer, CAM/C4 Workshop, Plant and Animal Genome Conference
2014 Guest Co-Editor, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Synthetic Biology Special Edition
2013 BESC Site Review Panel Member (DOE)
2012 – present Advisory Panel Member, NSF Plant Genome (PI-Vollbrecht)
2005 – 2012 Consultant, Monsanto Company
2007 – 2012 Member, Maize Genetics Executive Committee
2010 – 2012 Chair, Maize Genetics Executive Committee
2009 – 2012 iPlant Steering Committee (Geno2Pheno)
2011 Attendee, ASPB/HHMI Plant Science Research Summit
2001 – 2011 Advisory Panel Member, NSF Plant Genome (PI-Hake)
2011 Chair, ASPB Plenary Session: Harvesting Biodiversity
2010 – 2011 Section Editor, BMC Plant Biology
2008 – 2010 Advisory Panel Member, Genetics
2006 – 2010 Associate Editor, Genetics
2010 Member, Tang Family CU-China Scholars Selection Committee
2009 Co-Chair, ASPB Workshop on C4 Photosynthesis
2007 – 2009 Co-Organizer, CSHL Plant Molecular Biology Course
2008 Chair, Maize Genetics Conference Steering Committee
Ad Hoc Reviewer NSF, DOE, USDA
Ad Hoc Reviewer Genetics, Genome Research, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Nature Genetics,
Nature Reviews Genetics, Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Molecular Biology,
Plant Physiology, PLoS Biology, PLoS Genetics, Proceedings National Academy Sciences USA

B. University/Institute Service
2017 Member, Tissue Culture and Transformation Oversite Committee, Danforth Center
2017 Member, Tissue Culture Director Search Committee, Danforth Center
2016 Member, Greenhouse Manager Search Committee, Danforth Center
2012 Member, Phenomics Faculty Committee, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
2012 Member, Phenomics Facility Manager Search Committee, Danforth Center
2012 Member, Greenhouse Manager Search Committee, Danforth Center
2012 Member, Faculty Search Committee, Danforth Center
2001 – 2011 Member, Cornell Plant Breeding and Genetics Graduate Student Recruitment Committee
2010 – 2011 Member, Cornell Plant Biology Graduate Student Retention Committee
2007 – 2010 Chair, BTI Plant Growth Facilities Committee
2008 Co-Organizer, BTI Faculty Retreat
2007 Chair, BTI Faculty Search Committee
2007 Co-Organizer, BTI Biofuels and Bioenergy Symposium
2007 Site Panel Member, NSF Plant Genome
2005 – 2007 Panel Member, USDA-NRI
2006 – 2007 Member, Cornell Plant Sciences Task Force Committee
2006 – 2007 Member, BTI Peer Evaluation Committee
2005 Member, Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Student Retention Committee
2003 – 2004 Chair, PCMB Graduate Student Recruitment Committee
2003 – 2004 Chair, Plant Breeding Seminar Series
2003 Undergraduate Student Advisor, Cornell University
2002 Member, Cornell Plant Breeding Faculty Search Committee
2001 – present Member, Cornell Plant Graduate Student Search Committee (Dept. Plant Breeding)
2001 – 2003 Chair, BTI Internal Seminar Committee
2001 – 2002 Member, BTI Distinguished Lecturer Committee
2000 – 2002 Consultant, Burrill and Company Agbio Capital Fund
2001 Member, Cornell Plant Breeding Faculty Search Committee
2001 Member, Cornell Plant Developmental Biology/Genomics Faculty Search Committee

Research Areas:

  • Synthetic biology
  • Bioenergy
  • Bioengineering
  • Improving cereal crop productivity
  • Gene mapping in maize and C4 grasses

Current N-related Projects:

Bibliography:

Nadal M, Sawers R, Naseem S, Bassin B, Kulicke C, Sharman A, An G, An K, Ahern K, Romag A, Brutnell T, Gutjahr C, Geldner N, Roux C, Martinoia E, Konopka J & Paszkowski U (2017). An N-acetylglucosamine transporter required for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in rice and maize. Nature Plants, 26(3):17073.

Zhang N, Gibon Y, Wallace JG, Lepak NK, Li P, Dedow L, Chen C, So YS, Kremling K, Bradbury P, Brutnell TP, Stitt M & Buckler E (2015). Genome-wide association of carbon and nitrogen metabolism in the maize nested association mapping population. Plant Physiol, 168:575-583.