Douglas D. Randall received the bachelor’s degree in chemistry from South Dakota State University and the doctoral degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1965 and 1970, respectively. Following a one-year NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute of the University of Texas-Austin, he joined the faculty in the Agricultural Chemistry Department at the University of Missouri as a plant biochemist. He is currently a professor emeritus of biochemistry at MU.
Randall’s research has focused on plant metabolism, signal transduction, regulation of plant enzymes and understanding the metabolic interactions between photosynthesis, photorespiration and respiration. His research team established the first plant enzyme to be regulated by reversible phosphorylation and established that this biochemical switch mechanism regulates which pathway supports mitochondrial energy production during photosynthesis.
He has received in excess of $9.7 million in competitive research funding for his research, has authored 144 peer-reviewed publications, and has mentored 25 postdoctoral fellows and chaired 6 Ph.D. and 6 M.Sc. graduate programs.
His interactions and collaborations with plant biology colleagues at MU led to the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group in 1981. He was also instrumental in developing the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at MU and the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center in St. Louis.
Dr. Randall’s commitment to research, teaching, and service have garnered him numerous awards and honors, including his election as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. The American Society for Plant Biologists elected him a Fellow in 2007 and bestowed upon him the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award in 2006. He is also a recipient of MU’s Thomas Jefferson Award, the Wm. H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award, Faculty-Alumni Award and Gold Chalk Teaching; South Dakota State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award; and Michigan State Biochemistry Department’s Alumni Award. Randall was appointed by the President to the National Science Board in 2002 and reappointed in 2008.