Adviser: A. McKendry
Why did you choose Plant Sciences at Mizzou?
I chose Mizzou due to the broad array of reasearch opportunities available in Plant Sciences as well as the opportunity to have a direct positive impact on Missouri agriculture. I also appreciated Mizzou's reputation as the state's flagship university and the opportunity to develop networking relationships with knowledgable, experienced faculty in a wide range of research interests. I also admired the great number of symposia hosted at Mizzou addressing various problems in agriculture, as well as the expert speakers brought in to address how their research is tackling some of those problems.
Understanding the fundamental concepts of plant breeding, genetics, and genomics is essential to providing solutions to the wide array of problems in food, fiber and energy production that are facing the growing world population. In the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics graduate program area, students receive training in a wide range of courses and research programs in plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, plant-microbe interactions, breeding and biotechnology. We encourage interdisciplinary training that provides a comprehensive preparation for careers in research and education in plant biology, genetics and related areas.