Ph.D. Assistantship, Turfgrass Molecular Genetics, University of

Altpeter, Fredy FAltpeter at
Wed Oct 15 15:30:53 EST 2003

Ph.D. Assistantship, University of Florida

A grant funded Ph.D. research assistantship is available to highly 
motivated and qualified US or international students for the spring 
or fall of 2004 in the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Physiology, 
Agronomy Department, IFAS, University of Florida.

Our research uses efficient genetic transformation protocols for 
grasses (Mol. Breeding 6: 519-528) and cereals (Mol. Breeding 8: 
295-309, J. Plant Physiol. 159: 1131-1138) for the dissection of 
traits (Plant Journal 26: 265-274) and crop or turfgrass improvement 
(Nature Biotechnology 14: 1155-1159, Journal of Plant Physiology 158: 

Thesis research will focus on the molecular growth regulation of 
turfgrasses to improve turf quality and develop low input warm season 
turfgrasses. This involves  construction of plant expression vectors, 
stable genetic transformation of turfgrass with candidate genes for 
molecular growth regulation, and characterization of transgenic 
plants in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. Thesis research will 
be part of a project aiming at the integration of functional genomics 
and plant transformation for turfgrass and crop improvement. This is 
an ideal opportunity for meaningful publications and future 
professional development in either academia or industry.

An earned M.S. degree in agronomy, plant breeding, or a related field 
is required. Previous experience with molecular techniques and tissue 
culture are desirable.

Interested applicants should send: 1) Current resume including names, 
addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, 2) GRE scores 
and 3) a letter of application describing interests and 
qualifications.  In addition, international students must include a 
copy of their TOEFL scores. Applications and questions related to the 
application process should preferably be send by e-mail to 
<mailto:faltpeter at>faltpeter at or 
addressed to: Dr. Fredy Altpeter, Agronomy Department, University of 
Florida, IFAS, PO Box 11O300, Gainesville, FL 32611-300. Review of 
applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable 
candidate is identified.

Gainesville, the home town of the University of Florida, is located 
half way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico with a 
population of 140 000 (46 000 students) and has frequently achieved 
top ratings in quality of life and affordability. More information on 
the University of Florida is available at 

University of Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Employer (male/female) and does not discriminate on the basis of 
race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, 
age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam Era Veteran 
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Fredy Altpeter
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Molecular Plant Physiology
Agronomy Department
University of Florida, IFAS
PO Box 11O300
2191 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-300
Tel.: 352 392 1823 ext. 204 or 216
Fax: 352 392 7248
E-mail: <mailto:faltpeter at>faltpeter at




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