Center for Plant Cell Biology

Opportunities for Graduate Training

CEPCEB faculty provide students opportunities for training leading to the Ph.D. degree in a number of graduate programs including: Plant Biology (Department of Botany and Plant Sciences), Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Microbiology, and Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Science & Engineering). Research in plant systems biology is possible for a broad spectrum of topics that include:

Plant Biology, Plant Genetics:

Students usually spend five years earning the Ph.D. degree in the Botany and Plant Sciences Graduate Program. During the first two years, a student takes courses and initiates the dissertation research. After course requirements have been met and the student has passed written and oral qualifying examinations, which include intensive coverage of the area of specialization, the student advances to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The student then completes his or her research, submits a written dissertation, and defends a thesis In addition to plant cell biology, possible areas of study include: biochemistry and genetics; whole-plant structure and function; ecology and the evolution of crop, ornamental and native plants; the application of advances in these areas to crop productivity; and ethnobotany.

Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics:

Students in the Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics (GGB) Graduate Program have the opportunity to complete a Ph.D. in Genetics with an emphasis in Bioinformatics/Genomics. Undergraduate work includes biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, calculus, general and organic chemistry, and parametric and non-parametric statistics courses. Graduate course work focuses on computational biology, bioinformatics and genomics. Students have the option to take additional graduate course work according to their interests and research program.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:

Students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Graduate Program earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree that emphasizes basic biochemistry with research specializations in the areas of molecular biology, physical biochemistry, plant biochemistry and molecular biology, signal transduction, molecular endocrinology, and biomedical research.

Professors currently associated with the Center for Plant Cell Biology include several in the core areas of plant cell biology and several others in related areas such as electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, and statistics. The Center includes three academic coordinators in the areas of microscopy (Dr. David Carter) bioinformatics (Dr. Thomas Girke) and proteomics (Dr. Songqin Pan). The Director of the Center is Dr. Natasha V. Raikhel (Distinguished Professor, Ernst and Helen Leibacher Endowed Chair) in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences.

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Center for Plant Cell Biology
Botany & Plant Sciences Department
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
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E-mail: genomics@ucr.edu