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plant science and biotech

Plant Science and Biotechnology
M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

Plants, as the base for ecological food chains, serve as the structural and functional foundation of natural and managed systems. The study of plant science and biotechnology provides opportunity in a broad range of specialties fundamental to the understanding of plants and their interaction with other organisms and for specializing in plant biotechnology. Emphasis is on forests and related plant systems. Current research interests include dynamics of plant communities as affected by humans and the environment; mechanisms of plant succession; epidemiology of forest and urban tree diseases; taxonomy, physiology, growth and ultrastructure of fungi; heritability of wood properties and disease resistance of trees; biochemistry and physiology of plant stress response; photosynthesis; mycorrhizae; plant reproductive biology; genetic engineering; transformation; molecular evolution; phylogenetics; taxonomy; plant-pathogen interactions, tissue culture and study of ancient DNA.

Participating Faculty

  • John D. Castello; jdcastello@esf.edu
    plant virology, viruses and mycoplasma in urban and forest tree decline, forest pathology, microbiology, insect vectors
  • Martin Dovciak; mdovciak@esf.edu
    Plant Ecology, Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Global Change, Ecosystem Management & Restoration
  • Danilo D. Fernando; fernando@esf.edu
    plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
  • Thomas R. Horton; trhorton@esf.edu
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Robin W. Kimmerer; rkimmer@esf.edu
    plant restoration ecology, bryology, bryoecology, restoration ecology, ethnobotany, conservation biology and bryophyte ecology, traditional ecological knowledge
  • Donald J. Leopold; djleopold@esf.edu
    forest and freshwater wetland ecology, conservation, and restoration, peatland ecology and conservation, local and regional controls of species richness and rarity, dynamics of plant communities as affected by man and environment, management for unique communities and rare species, dendrology, native plants, restoration ecology, rare species conservation
  • Charles A. Maynard; cmaynard@syr.edu
    Research Areas of Interest plant tissue culture, genetic engineering a blight-resistant the American chestnut, conventional forest genetics & tree improvement, forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology
  • Gregory McGee; ggmcgee@esf.edu
    ecology, management and restoration of forest ecosystems; STEM education
  • James P. Nakas; jpnakas@esf.edu
    microbiology, transformation and decomposition processes, nutrient cycling, soil and aquatic microbiology, microbial biomass, solvent production, microbial ecology, microbial physiology
  • Lee Newman; lanewman@esf.edu
    phytoremediation and molecular and cellular biology
  • William A. Powell; wapowell@esf.edu
    forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology

Current Graduate Students in Plant Science and Biotechnology

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Oluwafunmilayo AfelumoOluwafunmilayo Afelumo
oaafelum@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Wenjun CaiWenjun Cai
wcai02@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Tyler DesmaraisTyler Desmarais
trdesmar@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Powell

Gabrielle FanfanGabrielle Fanfan
glfanfan@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Adam HoffmanAdam Hoffman
ashoffma@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman
Undergraduate Institute: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Biology)

Previous Graduate Study: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Environmental Health)

Rie IriyamaRie Iriyama
ririyama@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Fernando

Justin McMullenJustin McMullen
jcmcmull@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Newman

Allison OakesAllison Oakes
adoakes@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Maynard and Powell

Graduate Research Topic
American elm transformations for Dutch Elm disease resistance and phytoremediation.

Ashley PirovanoAshley Pirovano
ampirova@syr.edu

FCH Biochemistry

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

Camille WarnerCamille Warner
ciwarner@syr.edu

Plant Science & Biotechnology

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Newman

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