Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program Information
Director: A. M. Settles
Graduate Coordinator: A.L. Paul
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (PCMB) is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental graduate degree program that emphasizes understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that mediate plant development, adaptation, and evolution. Students can pursue an M.S. or a Ph.D. degree through the PMCB program. All students complete core courses in Advanced Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics, Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Plant Biochemistry. In addition to the core classes, students can select from a variety of courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, breeding, genetics, evolution, microbiology, and plant pathology.
New students are exposed to a variety of faculty and experimental systems while they rotate through several laboratories during their first two semesters before selecting an adviser and dissertation research area. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students take four required courses:
Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics,
Plant Cell and Developmental Biology and
Plant Biochemistry, as well as journal colloquium classes (
Journal Colloquium). Additional elective courses are taken after approval by the student’s supervisory committee. For additional information see http://pmcb.ifas.ufl.edu
Successful candidates should have a strong interest in plant molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling development, metabolism, adaptation, and evolution. Applicants typically have a B.S. or M.S. in the agricultural, forestry, biological or chemical sciences with advanced undergraduate coursework in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemistry. However, outstanding students from a broad range of science disciplines are actively considered.