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Fellowships in Plant Biotec

Nick Carpita carpita at btny.purdue.edu
Tue Nov 21 10:23:17 EST 1995

Dear Colleagues:
I would like you to bring the following annoucement to the attention of
potential graduate students who are interested in a career in plant
Nick Carpita

National Needs Fellowships in Plant Biotechnology

Applications are invited for fellowships in a new multidisciplinary curriculum
in plant fiber and cell wall biotechnology at Purdue University beginning in
the Fall semester of 1996.  We have developed this program to broadly train
doctoral students in the biochemistry, physical chemistry, molecular biology,
and genetics of polysaccharide and lignin structure and biosynthesis.  The
goal is to expand the basic knowledge of the plant cell wall and to improve
the ability to modify the plant's biogenesis of these materials for improved
fiber components.
Individual research projects include:  chemical and structural analysis of
mutants of lignin biosynthesis and the identification of genes in the
biosynthetic pathway (Prof. Clint Chapple), conformational analyses of plant
polysaccharides by experimental and molecular modeling techniques (Profs.
James BeMiller, R. Chandrasekaran, and Rick Millane), genetic engineering of
plant pectins (Prof. Avtar Handa), enhancement of mixed-linkage beta-D-glucan
content in transgenic cereals (Profs. Nick Carpita and Tom Hodges), and
genetic and molecular analysis of mutants of flax fiber synthesis (Prof. Nick
Stipends are for $17,000 per year and include waiver of graduate tuition. 
Individuals from groups underrepresented in the biological sciences are
strongly encouraged to apply.  Fellowship recipients must be citizens or
permanent residents of the U.S.  For application forms, please write to:

Ms. Pam Bullis, Graduate Secretary
National Needs Fellowships
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1155
FAX: 	317-494-0363
E-mail:  	bullis at btny.purdue.edu

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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