Toni Kutchan, Ph.D.

Toni is currently investigating two aspects of natural products that are found in plants; how plants produce medicinal natural products at the enzyme and gene level, which could lead to new sources of medications for use against conditions such as dementia and cancer; and the use of plant natural products as components of biofuels.

Toni Kutchan

Toni serves as Vice President for Research and is the Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator. Prior to joining the Danforth Center in 2006, she spent 20 years researching biochemistry at the University of Munich and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Germany. In 2010, Toni was elected to the prestigious German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in recognition of her scientific achievements. Toni received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from St. Louis University and bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Research Team

Augustin, Jorg 

Ballard, Nicole

Coyle, Judy

Gowen, Tori

Kilgore, Matthew

Rolf, Megan