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Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Program

The Plant and Microbial Biology graduate program is a program of the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

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Impactful, interdisciplinary research

Students in PMB explore every aspect of plant and microbial life, from molecular biology to genomics to ecosystem science. By integrating expertise from premier faculty across diverse departments, PMB creates a remarkably interdisciplinary educational and richly collaborative research environment that empowers students to conduct groundbreaking original research and become true innovators in the cutting edge of modern-day biology.

Student doing plant research

Relevant training and networking

PMB prepares students to embark on careers in academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Utilizing the University of Minnesota’s incredible facilities and resources, students attain not only the technical expertise needed for impactful research, but also the intellectual skill sets and networking connections required for professional success and to engage in vital scientific discourse.

Commitment to equity and diversity

In PMB, we strongly support and value a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community that fosters the academic and personal growth of students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds. Full statement and resource list.

Twin Cities location

The PMB experience seamlessly integrates rigorous academics and innovative research in a thriving scientific community found within an economically and culturally vibrant metropolitan area. Renowned for their high quality of life, affordability, and prosperous economies, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding neighborhoods offer a rich spectrum of cultures, cuisines, events, and nighttime activities…not to mention our beloved parks, trails, lakes, rivers, forests, ad prairies.