Molecular Plant Sciences Program

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Doctoral student Ethan Thibault awarded prestigious NSF fellowship


What's New?

MPS researcher receives grant to continue studying pathogen resistance in plants

The grant will fund research examining plant responses to environmental threats and an outreach program designed to educate the general public on plant research.


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

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.


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

Program Breadth

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

Integrated Coursework

  • Core courses provide unified education in modern plant molecular sciences
  • Wide range of electives in basic and applied plant biology areas
  • Diversity of graduate seminars on cutting edge topics; weekly seminars by outside speakers and current students

What's coming up?

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