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Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Program

The Plant and Microbial Biology graduate program cultivates mastery of every aspect of plant life, from molecular biology to ecosystem science. By integrating expertise from premier faculty across diverse departments, PMB creates a remarkably interdisciplinary education and richly collaborative scientific environment that empowers students to become true innovators in exciting fields like genomics, metabolomics, computational biology, plant physiology, plant pathology, and more. Conduct groundbreaking original research, take root in a thriving and internationally-connected community, and receive state-of-the-art career training.

Student doing plant research

“Understanding the diverse processes by which plants interact with their environment will fuel innovative approaches to protecting the environment while increasing production of renewable resources.”
— Sue Gibson, Director of Graduate Studies

PMB prepares students to embark on invigorating career paths in academia, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and more. 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 to engage in vital scientific discourse.

Learn + Teach + Research in the Twin Cities

The PMB experience seamlessly integrates rigorous academics and innovative research in a thriving scientific community—all set in the heart of the Midwest’s second largest metropolitan area. Renowned for their high quality of life, affordability, and prosperous economies, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding neighborhoods offer a vibrant spectrum of cultures, cuisines, events, and nighttime activities…not to mention our beloved lakes, rivers, and forests.