PMB trains students in the use of plants and microbes as model systems to answer basic and translational research questions with an emphasis on state-of-the-art techniques and cross-disciplinary approaches.  Course requirements and the qualifying exam should be concluded by the end of the second year.  Research training is accomplished by a combination of rotations in the first year followed by a thesis project.  Seminars and journal clubs help students stay current with the latest scientific advances.

The application deadline is December 1 and is available through DBBS.  For questions regarding the application, contact DBBS at 1-800-852-9074 (toll-free) or by email to

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From left: Erica Cole, Biology major, ’11 Prof. Ken Olsen Study rice plants in the Goldfarb Plant Growth Facility