Designing Plant Metabolism
Dr. Kevin Walker
Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Graduate Training Program
- Michigan State University
The Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability (PBHS) Graduate Training Program has successfully completed its first five years as an NIH funded T32 training program. We are grateful that NIGMS awarded funds to continue this program for another five years, allowing us to continue to function as an NIH T32 Biotechnology Training Program.
The PBHS program provides new training and career opportunities for predoctoral candidates at Michigan State University who are pursuing research related to plant biotechnology and chemical engineering. The program aims to provide students from different graduate programs with a common core of courses and experiences that will enrich their predoctoral training at MSU. Students in the program are trained in critical thinking and analysis of the primary literature across a broad range of topics so that they can build upon the best current thinking in their research. They are also trained to appreciate and perform translational research and to collaborate with scientists with diverse backgrounds in biological, computational, engineering and physical sciences. They are taught to evaluate the ethical and legal consequences of their actions. The overarching goal of this program is to foster the education, research training, and professional development of the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists who will assume leadership positions in various biotechnology-related careers including industry, government, academia, and entrepreneurship.