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Descriptions of the two required courses are listed below along with the courses that fulfill quantitative requirement and updates can be found on the BMB course website.

  1. Note that the 961 course is not currently offered and students are encouraged to consider BMB 864 Plant Specialized Metabolism as a substitute.
  2. Course: BMB 960 Sect 301 "Plant Biotechnology Research Forum"
    Semester(s) offered: Fall 2017 (First 8 weeks of the semester)
    Credits: 1

    If you are not a declared Biochemistry graduate student, you will need to submit the online override request form ( and then contact the instructors (Drs Björn Hamberger,, and Rob Last, for permission to enroll. Enrollment will be limited to 15 students.

    IMPORTANT: Attendance of the Symposium taking place in October will be a required portion of the course.

    SyllabusFall 2017 (PDF)
    PreviousFall 2016 (PDF)
    Description: This is an advanced seminar focusing on reading of the literature and student presentations on topics related to plant biotechnology. Topic areas in general address modern problems in human health and environmental sustainability. Specifically in 2016 areas have included the engineering of ABA receptors for drought tolerance, engineering a plant biosynthetic pathway for sustainable production of a natural compounds, navigation of agricultural biotechnology workplaces from industrial perspective, repurposing the cutin pathway for triacylglycerol synthesis. The course is part of the training program in plant biotechnology 'Plants for Health and Sustainability' (, though students not participating in the training program are also very welcome to take the course. Confirmed speakers for 2017 are representatives from the industry, NASA, national labs and academia.

    Quantitative training requirement:
    Participants are also expected to complete at least one semester of coursework focused on statistical/quantitative analysis or computational biology. The following list is a selection of courses that fulfill this requirement.

A minimum of three CMSE 890-300 level course modules would fulfill the requirement: