The goal of the Plant Sciences Program is to train students in an integrative manner, providing opportunities for innovative research and exploration.
Graduate training is available in both basic and applied aspects of plant biology. All students accepted into the program will benefit from very competitive stipends. The degree programs we offer are detailed below:
- PhD in Biological Sciences, Plant Systems Biology
- PhD in Agronomy and Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant Systems Biology Program
The Plant Systems Biology Graduate Program aims to train each student to span the full range from molecular biology and genomics research at the bench to computer-based data analysis and model building. Research training clusters emphasize five rapidly emerging and important areas of plant cellular signaling, with meaningful integration of each to a nuclear cluster of bioinformatics, biostatistics, and computational biology. The five plant systems we emphasize are Plant Defense, Organelle Biology, Epigenetic Signals, Metabolite Signals, and Plant Development. The capability to fully integrate molecular biology and genomics research with excellent training in computational biology and bioinformatics prepares students for…read more.
Plant Breeding and Genetics Program
The Plant Breeding and Genetics Program combines several unique capabilities that are especially well suited for the type of graduate training environment we have created. As increasing amounts of genomic data become available, and genes are discovered that influence crop responses to abiotic stress, breeders must be skilled at accessing and effectively exploiting these sources of information. As environmental and safety regulations become more exacting, students will need appropriate training in crop management for strict identity preservation required to work with regulated transgenic traits under field conditions. Our program aims to achieve a more diverse, technology-rich and integrated research and training experience with opportunities for…read more.