I would like to draw your attention to a new doctoral fellowship program we
will begin in 1996.
carpita at btny.purdue.edu
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
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), enhancement of pectin
quality in transgenic tomatoes (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 Carpita).
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
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1155
E-mail: bullis at btny.purdue.edu
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