Graduate study @ Washington University

Fri Dec 2 15:37:36 EST 1994

Graduate Fellowships in Plant Biology at Washington University, 
St. Louis:a partnership with Monsanto Company and The Missouri
Botanical Garden.

	Eight trainee slots per year are available for newly recruited 
graduate students to join our five-year NSF/Monsanto funded training
program "Identification and utilization of plant genetic resources".  This
is an interdisciplinary program offered in a unique collaboration between 
Washington University, The Missouri Botanical Garden and Monsanto 
Company.  The purpose of the program is to train students to use 
advanced molecular and chemical analyses in underrepresented or new 
areas of research in an era of dwindling global plant resources.  The 
program offers training in areas including molecular genetics, 
biochemistry, biophysics, developmental biology, cell biology, plant
pathology, natural products chemistry, evolutionary and population 
biology, systematics, conservation biology and ethnobotany.  Students 
can arrange research internships and long-term collaborations with 
Monsanto scientists, many of whom hold adjunct appointments at
Washington University.  For students interested in a career in 
industry, many of our recent Ph.D.'s have gone on to take postdoctoral 
or staff scientist positions at Monsanto or other major biotechnology
companies.  Benefits of graduate study at Washington University include
guaranteed financial support for all years of study, free tuition, a generous
stipend and a low cost-of living in a user-friendly city surrounded by
beautiful natural areas. Funds for conducting field-studies or for attending
scientific conferences or short courses are also available for trainees.

Labs studying Arabidopsis include:
	Wayne Barnes: Long-range PCR for Arabidopsis genome mapping 
	Barbara Kunkel: Genes and signal transduction pathways involved
in plant-pathogen (Pseudomonas-Arabidopsis) interactions; molecular
genetics of plant disease resistance. 
	Craig Pikaard: Control of rRNA gene transcription by RNA
polymerase I-role of nucleolar localization, hormones, cis and trans acting
factors; development of plasmid-like expression vectors; genetic
mechanisms controlling nucleolar dominance. 
	Eric Richards: Analysis of DNA hypomethylation mutants; analysis
of telomeric and centromeric DNA; chromosome structure and function in
	Barbara Schaal: Molecular systematics of Arabidopsis and related
genera; concerted evolution of rRNA genes among Arabidopsis species.

For application materials call toll-free 1-800-852-9074.  For additional
information,contact Dr. Craig Pikaard (internet address: 
pikaard at at Biology Department, Washington University,
Campus Box 1137, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

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