The Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois has enjoyed a long tradition of identifying, training and graduating many of the world's top plant biologists. Our graduate students have gone on to highly successful and productive careers at universities and in the private sector the world over. Our graduate training program offers a diverse yet individually tailored and focused opportunity for students to develop expert-level skills in current research methodologies, critical thinking and ancillary professional attributes essential to a successful and satisfying career in plant research at the molecular, physiological and/or ecological levels. In consultation with their research advisors and graduate committees, our doctoral students craft programs of study and research that often involve novel collaborations with faculty and students in related disciplines of, among others, Crop Sciences, Animal Biology, Entomology and units in our sister school of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The material on our website will help guide prospective applicants through our graduate application and admissions process. Our program consists of 40 faculty members representing the areas of Plant Physiology and Development, Systematics and Evolution, Biochemistry and Genetics and Ecology and Climate Change. Our facilities consist of four world-class laboratory buildings including a new Institute for Genomic Biology, extensive greenhouses and numerous agricultural and natural field sites for research. We also maintain and utilize SoyFACE, a research farm in which crops are grown under elevated carbon dioxide, conditions predicted to exist in the year 2050.
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