Plant Breeding, Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

Improving crops, discovering genes, exploring gene function, studying crop evolution.

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Plants in a Plant Breeding Lab



Related Courses


Related Courses



  • Dr. Cornelius Barry: Biochemical Evolution of Specialized Metabolism within the Solanaceae Family; Genetic Determinants of Fruit Quality and Ripening
  • Dr. Patrick Edger: Polyploid Genomics
  • Dr. Rebecca Grumet: Reproductive development in Cucumis; regulation of sex-expression; disease resistance; biotechnology biosafety; cucurbit genomics.
  • Dr. Kyung-Hwan Han: Molecular biology of secondary growth; secondary wall biosynthesis; feedstock development for bioenergy and biomaterials; drought tolerance
  • Dr. Jim Hancock: Blueberry and strawberry breeding and genetics; marker-assisted selection breeding; environmental biosafety of GE crops.
  • Dr. Courtney Hollender: Molecular Genetics, Plant Development, Tree Physiology
  • Dr. Amy Iezzoni: Sour cherry breeding for fruit quality and disease resistance; cherry genetics; marker-assisted breeding; cherry rootstock selection.
  • Dr. Ning Jiang: Function of transposable elements; mechanisms of genome diversification; computational and molecular biology.
  • Dr. Jiming Jiang
  • Dr. Daniel Keathley: Small fruit crop genetics.
  • Dr. Wayne Loescher: Stress physiology, carbohydrate partitioning and photosynthesis.
  • Dr. Guo-Qing Song: Improvement of horticultural crops using genomics, genetic, and biotechnological tools; development of efficient plant micropropagation, regeneration and transformation techniques.
  • Dr. Steve van Nocker: Developmental genetics of plants, traits important for production including flowering and abscission, natural variation, chromat
  • Dr. Ryan Warner: Genetics of plant development; genomics-assisted breeding; marker-assisted selection; floriculture crops.


Internships and Careers

Our students find internship and career opportunities in:

  • plant breeding and biotechnology companies
  • universities and research institutes
  • government – USDA, EPA, MDA
  • international centers for crop improvement
  • seed banks/germplasm repositories

See our Internships and Jobs page for more details on who hires our graduates.

Other Educational Opportunities and Resources

Opportunities for independent study, research projects, and lab experiences:

Most faculty offer undergraduate research experience opportunities.  Information about ongoing projects can be found on individual faculty web pages above.  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) also provides funding opportunities for undergraduate research.