Plant Breeding, Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology
Improving crops, discovering genes, exploring gene function, studying crop evolution.
Faculty Interest and Expertise
Biochemical Evolution of Specialized Metabolism within the Solanaceae Family; Genetic Determinants of Fruit Quality and Ripening
Polyploid Genomics, Genetics and Breeding
Reproductive development in Cucumis; regulation of sex-expression; disease resistance; biotechnology biosafety; cucurbit genomics.
Molecular biology of secondary growth; secondary wall biosynthesis; feedstock development for bioenergy and biomaterials; drought tolerance
Molecular Genetics, Plant Development, Fruit Tree Physiology
MSU Foundation Professor
Plant gene expression and regulation induced by environmental stresses
Function of transposable elements; mechanisms of genome diversification; computational and molecular biology.
Improvement of horticultural plants using genomic, genetic, and biotechnological tools; genetic transformation, gene editing.
Steve van Nocker
Developmental genetics of plants, traits important for production including flowering, chromatin regulation of gene expression
Genetics of plant development; genomics-assisted breeding; marker-assisted selection; floriculture crops.
Center for Advanced Microscopy578 Wilson Road East Lansing, MI, 48824
The Center for Advanced Microscopy, a Michigan State University Core Facility, is the central microscopy laboratory for the Michigan State University Campus.
Horticulture Teaching Greenhouses1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824
These glass greenhouses are used primarily for teaching horticulture production classes.
Plant Science Greenhouses1059 Farm Ln East Lansing, MI 48824
Located near the corner of Farm Ln and Wilson Rd, the Plant Science Greenhouses are utilized by Horticulture faculty, as well as other departments for plant science research.
Research Technology Support Facility612 Wilson Road S-20 East Lansing, MI 48824
The Research Technology Support Facility at Michigan State University is a collection of five analytical facilities which provide the fundamental tools for modern life science research.
The Plant Biotechnology Resource and Outreach Center1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824
The PBROC is dedicated to the safe deployment of plant biotechnological advancements to Michigan and the world.
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.