The Molecular Plant Scientists at Virginia Tech welcome you. A group of more than twenty faculty and many more students in seven departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Science, and Natural Resources, the program uses molecular approaches to understand how plants grow and interact with their environments.
The Graduate Program in Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) allows students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in this discipline to work in a wide variety of research areas ranging from plant genomics to disease resistance, metabolic engineering, bioproduction and bioprocessing, and forest biotechnology.
MPS degree candidates who enroll in the program participate in several rotations through laboratories of interest. The program of study includes selections from a range of course offerings, tailored to the background and interests of each student. At the end of the first or second semester of enrollment, a permanent advisor is selected in whose laboratory the dissertation research will be conducted.
The diversity in the MPS program is evident by looking at the federal agencies that fund them: National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and National Institute of Health. Moreover, many laboratories are also supported by various Virginia and US grower organizations and industry.