Students studying plants in a green house for research

Few scientists acquainted with the chemistry of biological systems at the molecular level can avoid being inspired. —Donald Cram

Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • Faculty play a leadership role in the Aspen FACE project, the only open-air facility in the world where scientists can study the joint effect of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and ozone on forest ecosystems.
  • Job placement rate -100 percent.
  • Faculty in the School are among the most productive in the nation, according to independent studies published in the Journal of Forestry and released by Academic Analytics.
  • Graduate students have been coauthors in articles appearing in high-impact journals such as Science, Nature, and Plant Cell.
  • The School has long-standing research collaborations with forest biotechnology industries and has received $10 million in research funding from government agencies.

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Graduate Programs in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is an internationally recognized program that leads the world in managing more sustainable ecosystems here on earth.

Graduate students join faculty in research initiatives include functional genomics, gene expression profiling at the whole-genome scale, and production of genetically improved trees for sustainable biofuel production. Molecular biological tools are also employed to uncover the impact of anthropogenic operations on wildlife.

New facilities allow for in-depth studies of forest trees using whole plant, subcellular, and functional genomics approaches. State-of-the-art molecular biology facilities combined with functional genomics instrumentation enable studies in comparative gene expression and genomic analysis.

Our major research facilities include DNA sequencing and microarray labs, metabolome and genome profiling labs, tissue culture and tree transformation labs, and ecological genomics labs. A total laboratory space of 6,500 square feet and 2,000 square feet of greenhouse space provide opportunities for research that make a positive difference in today’s challenged environments.

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