MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Molecular Plant Sciences Program

Welcome to MPS

Michigan State University has one of the world's highest concentrations of plant scientists and leads in all areas of plant science research and education. The MPS graduate program brings together the breadth and depth of MSU faculty who apply diverse methods to study photosynthetic organisms.


Why study molecular plant sciences

Plants support most life on earth. They are the foundation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and provide essential services and materials to people.

Molecular plant scientists study the genetic, biophysical, and biochemical processes that plants use to capture solar energy and use it to biosynthesize food, fuel, wood and paper, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. Fundamental molecular plant science knowledge is critical for:

  1. Improving agricultural productivity and sustainability
  2. Developing new renewable energy sources
  3. Making novel compounds to improve human health and diet
  4. Improving plant responses to environmental challenges

Why Michigan State University

 

 

World-Class Environment

  • Unsurpassed expertise in basic and applied plant biology areas
  • Over 50 faculty in eight departments and two colleges
  • State of the art facilities

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Program Breadth

  • Dual major program with participating departments
  • Networking and training opportunities
  • Three 8-week lab rotations to broaden cross-discipline exposure

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Integrated Coursework

  • First-year core courses provide unified and rigorous education in modern plant molecular sciences
  • Wide range of electives in all areas of basic and applied plant biology
  • Diversity of graduate seminars on cutting edge topics; weekly seminars by outside speakers; weekly research presentations by current students

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News

MSU team wins bronze at 2018 synthetic biology competition
MSU team wins bronze at 2018 synthetic biology competition
November 27, 2018

The team, which included three MPS labs, participated at the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, which brings together students from around the world to design synthetic biology solutions for some of humanity’s toughest problems.

Assembly of diverse BMC architectures
Assembly of diverse BMC architectures
November 8, 2018

The MSU lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has developed a new method to manipulate miniature factories found in bacteria that could someday lead to new medical, industrial or energy applications.

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Seminars

A seminar series that incorporates the broad research interests across the molecular plant sciences program runs on Mondays at 4p.

Jose Pruneda-Paz
February 25, 2019

Monday Seminar Series

Identifying novel mechanisms that regulate circadian clock and defense responses in Arabidopsis

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