We would greatly appreciate your help in bringing a new option for
graduate training to the attention of potential applicants. The
University of Delaware and DuPont Agricultural Products are now
accepting applicants wishing to do a Ph.D. in Plant Biology and
Biotechnology. Students will do one rotation for a U. of Delaware plant
biology lab and one in the lab of a DuPont participating scientist.
They will then choose to complete their Ph.D. research at either
institution. Degrees to be conferred by U. of Delaware.
A complete list of participating UD faculty and DuPont scientists and
application forms can be found at http://www.udel.edu/plants/index.html
For further information, contact Bertrand Lemieux (blemieux at udel.edu)
or Allan Shapiro (ashapiro at udel.edu).
University Of Delaware Department of Plant & Soil Sciences
Graduate Student Research Assistantship Positions starting in January
Applicants with B.Sc. or M.Sc. degrees in plant biology, plant breeding,
biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics are sought for the
University of Delaware plant improvement graduate program. Although we
are about to initiate an industrial internship component to the
departmental graduate program in September 1999 (URL
http://www.udel.edu/plants/), we have additional funding for up to five
graduate positions through the National Science Foundation Plant Genome
Program. The selected applicants will be part of a large network of
public sector researchers working on the discovery of gene functions in
corn. Interactions with researchers at DuPont and other plant
biotechnology companies would take place under the auspices of the
coordinated maize genome program. We are looking for applicants
starting in January 1999 as well as September 1999. Our group is
focused on gene discovery for improved grain quality traits,
particularly oil content. This program is a collaboration with Prof.
H.M. Goodman at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Profs. John
Dudley and Torbert Rocheford at the University of Illinois.
Possible thesis projects
1. Identify gene expression networks in early embryo development using
DNA microarray technology to measure gene expression in emb, dk and fl
mutants of corn as well as Illinois High Oil (IHO) and Illinois Low Oil
2. Identify DNA polymorphisms between IHO and ILO lines using ion-pair
reverse phase high pressure liquid chromatography (IP-RP-HPLC) using
genes with differential expression profiles in emb, dk and fl mutants.
3. Identify embryo development genes whose expression is affected by
drought using DNA microarray technology.
4. Map genes genes with differential expression profiles in emb, dk and
fl mutants in IHO and ILO lines relative to the QTL loci.
5. Identify Mu insertion alleles of genes that map to IHO QTL loci.
6. Use DNA chip technology to map modifier genes in crosses of the IHO
to elite germplasm.
Applications to our graduate program can be done on-line (URL
http://www.udel.edu/admissions/appinfo.html). In addition to the
application to the Office of Graduate Studies, please contact us
Dr. Bertrand Lemieux, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University
of Delaware, 149 Townsend Hall, Newark, DE 19711 USA
tel: 1-302-831-1390 (office) or 831-0593 (lab)
fax: 1-302-831-0721 e-mail: blemieux at udel.edu URL