Study plant molecular and cellular biology with experts at the University of Florida.
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The Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (PMCB) Graduate Program is one of the most comprehensive graduate programs in Plant Sciences. Our success is a result of our interdisciplinary emphasis, award-winning faculty, uniquely collaborative environment, innovation focus and state-of-the-art facilities. Our faculty is deeply committed to help students develop as scientists and compete successfully for the best positions available in plant research.


  • FIRST YEAR ROTATIONS: Our first year students have the opportunity of rotating through three different PMCB faculty laboratories and selecting a major professor by the end of their second semester. Applicants do not need to define a research project before applying.
  • FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Our Ph.D. students are fully financially supported for the duration of their program, which includes a competitive stipend, medical insurance and a full tuition waiver.
  • NO TEACHING REQUIREMENT: Our students are not required to teach to receive a stipend so they can focus on research, professional development, and specialized course work. Teaching is available when it fits our students’ program of study.
  • TOP RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Our students enjoy the best opportunities for immediate translation of their research results to the field. The University of Florida, a land-grant university, has one of the largest agricultural research centers in the US, UF/IFAS. The research conducted by our faculty, students, and post-docs has resulted in many new plant cultivars and inventions.
  • EXCELLENT JOB PLACEMENT: Our graduates have achieved excellent positions in the academic, industry, government, and non-profit sectors. Our 2011-2016 job placement has been 100%.
  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LOCATION: Gainesville’s subtropical climate, year-round outdoor recreational activities, varied cultural resources, attractive educational opportunities and low cost of living make it an exciting place to live and learn.
Excited and interested in joining our fast-paced and innovative program? Great! Apply now.

More About PMCB

Our 47 faculty members provide diverse research opportunities ranging from plant molecular and cellular biology to genetics and genomics, biochemistry, computational biology, plant physiology, plant immunity, plant-pathogens interactions, and breeding.

We have a close-knit and diverse group of students who form a vibrant and supportive community. Our students gain an extensive plant sciences knowledge not only by taking specialized courses, developing outstanding bench skills, and sharpening scientific writing skills but also by presenting their research in scientific meetings, publishing manuscripts and creating their own opportunities.

Learn more about our faculty, alumni, curriculum, courses, and students.

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.