Study plant molecular and cellular biology with experts at the University of Florida.
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The Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (PMCB) Program at the University of Florida is one of the most flexible and comprehensive graduate programs in the U.S. Our success is a result of our interdisciplinary emphasis. Our faculty members are deeply committed to helping students develop into successful biological scientists, capable of conducting independent fundamental and applied research. Our research programs study the molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling plant development, adaptation and evolution.
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News & Updates

Latest information from the PMCB program.

Faculty & Student Spotlight

  • Cíntia Ribeiro

    Cíntia Ribeiro was awarded the prestigious 2014 Best UF/IFAS Doctoral Dissertation by IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) at UF. Cíntia worked in the Forest Genomics Laboratory with Dr. Matias Kirst and graduated in 2014. Dr. Ribeiro is now a renown Emerging Leader in Science with Monsanto.

  • Elton Gonçalves

    Elton Gonçalves, a summer 2015 graduate, is currently an associate research scientist with the Algal Research Consortium, New Mexico State University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Elton worked with Dr. Rathinasabapathi on converting algae to fuel.

  • UF Research Foundation Professors

    Dr. Mark Settles and Dr. Wilfred Vermerris were named UF Research Foundation Professors for 2016-2019. The award recognizes a distinguished and strong research agenda that is is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. The professorships are funded by UF's share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products. Congratulations on these distinguished accomplishments! Thirty-four faculty named UF Research Foundation Professors for 2016.
  • UF/IFAS CALS Spotlight: Natasha Sng

    UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences PhD student Natasha Sng was born in Singapore and dreamed of going to space. She is following that dream through the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program.

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    Natasha Sng


  • ASPB Award to Karen Koch

    Karen Koch is the 2016 recipient of the Charles Reid Barnes Award, the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)’s first honor. According to ASPB 'Karen has excelled in research, in the training of students of plant biology, and in service to the Society. Her research on carbohydrate metabolism and sugar signaling is known internationally and her training of plant biology students is legendary'.

  • Kevin Folta

    Kevin Folta received the prestigious 2016 Borlaug CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology) Communication award. Folta excels on communicating science to non-scientific audiences. His blog (Illumination) covers events at the interface between society and science and his weekly podcast (Talking Biotech) discusses genetic improvements in agriculture. His lab uses novel genomics approaches to identify genes related to flavor and disease resistance.