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Featured Profile: Blake Meyers


Blake Meyers

Dr. Blake Meyers is addressing global challenges through plant science.

Meyers is part of a collaborative initiative between the University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Meyers, who is based in St. Louis at the Danforth Center, has a joint appointment as a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences. He conducts research jointly with his MU colleagues, mentors MU graduate students in his lab in St. Louis, and travels regularly to campus to give guest lectures and work with students.

Meyers is one of the foremost experts in the genetic analysis of small ribonucleic acids (RNAs) in plants. He investigates how small RNAs contribute to plant development, particularly the production of healthy pollen. Meyers also specializes in developing genomics tools and bioinformatics. He earned national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of next-generation sequencing (NGS) as one of the earliest developers of applications of a technology that allowed scientists to sequence vastly more DNA than ever before. Meyers continues to develop new NGS applications, and his innovations have a deep impact on plant genomics. In recognition of his contributions, in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Blake Meyers is a professor of plant sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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Related Initiative(s):
Food for the Future