Ralph S. Quatrano, Ph.D.
Dean of Engineering & Applied Science

Mechanisms of Cellular Differentiation during
Plant Embryogenesis

Telephone: (314) 935-6850     Fax: (314) 935-8692     E-mail: rsq(AT)wustl.edu

Professional Service


1998-Present Spencer T. Olin Professor and Chairman, Department of Biology, Washington University
2005-2007 Director, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University
2003-2005 Co-Director, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University
1999-2005 Director, Washington University, Department of Biology, Monsanto Corporation Research Program
1992-1997 Chairman, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1989-1998 1st John N. Couch Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1986-1989 Research Manager, Molecular Biology, Central Research Department, Du Pont Co., Wilmington, DE
1984-1986 Founding Director, Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology, Oregon State University
1968-1986 Assistant to Professor of Botany, Oregon State University, Corvallis


1962 Honors Graduate, Colgate University
1970-1971 Carter Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of Science, Oregon State
1974-1975 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Technology
1979 Elizabeth P. Richie Distinguished Professor Award, Oregon State University
1989 Distinguished Alumni Award, Ohio University
1998 Fellow, Robinson College, Cambridge University (UK)
2002 Fellow, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
2002 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2002 Fellow, St. Louis Academy of Science
2007 Fellow, American Society of Plant Biologists


1991-1994 Member Executive Committee and President (1992) American Society of Plant Biologists
1994-1997 1st Chair Public Affairs Committee, American Society of Plant Biologists
1991-1998 Board of Reviewing Editors, Science
1990-1999 Scientific Advisory Board, Rockefeller Foundation, International Program on Rice Biotechnology
1997-2001 Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (Directorate), National Science Foundation
1998-2005Board of Directors, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Inc., Ithaca, NY
1998-2003Editor-in-Chief, The Plant Cell
1999-2004Scientific Advisory Board, Biolex, Inc., Pittsboro, NC
2002-2005Scientific Advisory Board, Chromatin, Inc., Chicago, IL
2002-2005Scientific Advisory Board, Desert Energy, Inc., St. Louis, MO
2001-2004Department of Energy Bioscience Council
2001-2004Missouri Botanical Garden Economic Botany Advisory Board
2003Co-Founder and Member, MOgene, LC, St. Louis, MO
2005Consultant, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Mo


American Society for Cell Biology; Society for Developmental Biology; American Society of Plant Physiologists; American Society of Plant Biologists; American Association for the Advancement of Science; International Society for Plant Molecular Biology; Phycological Society of America.


Ohio State UniversityUniversity of Illinois
Purdue UniversityUniversity of Missouri, St. Louis
Indiana UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin
UC, BerkeleyUC, Davis
New York UniversityLeeds University (UK)
Penn State UniversityCarnegie Institution of Washington
Stazione Zoological (Italy)(Plant Biology & Embryology)
USDA Gene Expression LabNorth Carolina State
Texas A & MDupont; Wilmington, DE
University of MinnesotaUniversity of Georgia
University of DelawareColgate University
University of VirginiaUniversity of Iowa
University of OxfordRutgers University


2006, AugFASEB Summer Research Conference, Saxton's River, VT
2006, JuneMoss Genomics 2006, Berkeley, CA
2006, JuneSociety for Developmental Biology 65th Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor MI
2005, JulyInternational Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria
2005, July Moss Genomics 2005, Brno, Czech Republic
2005, March ASPB Midwestern Sectional Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO
2004, Sept Moss Genomics 2004, Freiburg, Germany
2004, July Society for Developmental Biology, Calgary, Canada
2003, Sept Moss Genomics 2003, St. Louis, MO
2002, June Instructor, Arabidopsis Molecular Genetics at Cold Springs Harbor, NY
2002, Sept Moss Genomics 2002, Ambleside, Cumbria, UK
2001, June Phycology Society of America, Plenary Speaker, Estes Park, CO
2001, July Instructor, Arabidopsis Molecular Genetics at Cold Springs Harbor, NY
2001, May Moss Genomics 2001, Okazaki, Japan
1999, Dec American Society Cell Biology, Plenary Speaker, Washington, DC
1999, Nov Juan March Foundation, Dynamic Extracellular Matrix, Madrid, Spain
1999, Aug International Congress of Botany, Plenary Speaker, St. Louis
1999, June European Developmental Biology Congress, Oslo, Norway
1998, Aug 11th Int'l Workshop on Plant Membrane Biology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
1998, Jan Keystone Symposium, Plant Cell Biology, Co-organizer, Taos, NM
1997, July 13th Int'l Congress of Developmental Biology, Plenary Speaker, Snowbird, UT