Plant Breeding, Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

Improving crops, discovering genes, exploring gene function, studying crop evolution.

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Faculty Interest and Expertise

  • Cornelius Barry

    Associate Professor
    Biochemical Evolution of Specialized Metabolism within the Solanaceae Family; Genetic Determinants of Fruit Quality and Ripening
    (517) 884-6959

  • Patrick Edger

    Associate Professor
    Polyploid Genomics, Genetics and Breeding

  • Kyung-Hwan Han

    Molecular biology of secondary growth; secondary wall biosynthesis; feedstock development for bioenergy and biomaterials; drought tolerance

  • Courtney Hollender

    Assistant Professor
    Molecular Genetics, Plant Development, Fruit Tree Physiology
    (517) 353-0446

  • Jiming Jiang

    MSU Foundation Professor
    Plant gene expression and regulation induced by environmental stresses
    (517) 355-4042

  • Ning Jiang

    Function of transposable elements; mechanisms of genome diversification; computational and molecular biology.

  • Guo-Qing Song

    Improvement of horticultural plants using genomic, genetic, and biotechnological tools; genetic transformation, gene editing.
    (517) 353-0384

  • Steve van Nocker

    Developmental genetics of plants, traits important for production including flowering, chromatin regulation of gene expression
    (517) 353-0394

  • Ryan Warner

    Associate Professor
    Genetics of plant development; genomics-assisted breeding; marker-assisted selection; floriculture crops.
    (517) 353-0344


  • Center for Advanced Microscopy

    578 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 Greenhouses

    1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824

    These glass greenhouses are used primarily for teaching horticulture production classes.

  • Plant Science Greenhouses

    1059 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 Facility

    612 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 Center

    1066 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.