Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology—MS, PhD

Understand the relation of oak species in the context of drought and climate change. Identify key genes in root development of poplar trees. Study the evolution of trees as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity. Explore your interests to define your educational experience. Are you ready?

Program Overview

Our master's or doctorate program in forest molecular genetics and biotechnology focuses on researching functional genomics, ecological genetics, gene expression profiling at the whole-genome scale, and genetic improvement of trees for sustainable biofuel.

  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the forest molecular genetics and biotechnology program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Molly Cavaleri

Graduate Assistant

Marjorie Banovetz


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your forest molecular genetics and biotechnology MS or PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Forest Genetics and Genomics

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

Our faculty discover and characterize genes affecting wood biomass yield and quality, research the evolution of adaptive and species-specific characters and use combinatorial approaches to identify genes that regulate biological traits. The College has long-standing research collaborations with forest biotechnology industries and has received over $10 million in research funding from government agencies.

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.