Adviser: A. McKendry
What is your favorite part of your major?
My favorite part of being a graduate student in the Division of Plant Sciences is the opportunity to design and implement a research project, then analyzing the data to see if there are any significant implications for Missouri agriculture. I also enjoy aiding Mizzou's wheat breeding program in the development of new germplasm for release to Missouri farmers. Finally, I enjoy the ability to take a wide range of interesting, dynamic classes.
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.