Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology—MS, PhD
What you'll work on
You can research functional genomics, ecological genetics, gene expression profiling at the whole-genome scale, and genetic improvement of trees for sustainable biofuel.
Sample Areas of Interest
Who you'll work with
Discover and characterize genes affecting wood biomass yield and quality with Victor Busov. Research the evolution of adaptive and species-specific characters with Oliver Gailing. Use combinatorial approaches to identify genes that regulate biological traits with Hairong Wei. The School has long-standing research collaborations with forest biotechnology industries and has received over $10 million in research funding from government agencies.
"My research focuses on adaptation of forest tree species to cope with biotic and abiotic stresses in the light of climate change."
For Gailing, the interaction between innovative research and teaching is critical to providing students with knowledge and skills, and to stimulate their creativity to develop and critically evaluate new ideas.
Where you'll work
Our 6,500 square feet of lab space and 2,000 square feet of greenhouse space provide ample opportunities for research. Our facilities include DNA sequencing and microarray labs, metabolome and genome profiling labs, tissue culture and tree transformation labs, and ecological genomics labs. Study comparative gene expression and conduct genomic analysis using functional genomics instrumentation in our molecular biology facilities.