Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

About Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center was founded in 1998. Construction of the state-of-the-art research building was completed in 2001.

The independent nonprofit research center is the result of Dr. William H. Danforth’s vision that scientific knowledge, when applied to solving critical challenges, has the potential to lift families, communities and nations from poverty, empowering people everywhere to enjoy better health and a higher quality of life.

Named in honor of Dr. Danforth’s father, Donald Danforth, the Center is a fitting tribute to this onetime leader of the Ralston Purina Company. The company, which grew rapidly under his leadership, was a pillar of American agriculture, a major producer of feed for farm animals and pets, and of breakfast cereals.

The Danforth Center carries on a tradition of agricultural service and commitment to human health and wellbeing and continues to play a key role in developing Missouri's thriving plant and life science hub, creating new jobs, and generating and attracting new companies.


Biology Research Intern

May 2022 - August 2022 St. Louis, MO
“The Danforth Center is an amazing community of plant research scientists. Through the summer REU, I was exposed to a range of different plant biology topics and lab techniques. I also networked with top plant scientists, which has helped me apply to the Churchill scholarship and graduate schools. The internship program managers were committed to making the REU program run smoothly too.”

REU Summer Research Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 St. Louis, MO
“It was incredible research experience, and I got exposure to new people and methods.”
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