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  • Plant Bioengineering Fellowships at WPI

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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

    USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowships (PhD) are available for
    interdisciplinary research and studies in Plant Biotechnology at Worcester
    Polytechnic Institute. WPI excels not only in interdisciplinary research
    but also in faculty mentorship of students. The aim of the program is to
    prepare students to enter either academia or industry with the knowledge
    and skills necessary to succeed in an environment that requires more and
    more cross-disciplinary communication and research.

    Program features include: training in both molecular biology and
    bioprocessing, research in cutting edge basic and applied problems in
    plant biology, and training in teaching and ethical issues relevant to the
    field. The faculty include plant biologists, biochemists, a physicist, and
    engineers who have been working together for a number of years to address
    complex problems in plant biotechnology.

    Current topics include: molecular responses of roots to changes in
    bioreactor environments, optical transmission properties of roots in
    bioreactors, balancing biosynthesis and degradation of terpenes produced
    by plants, scale-up of micropropagation in bioreactors, physical
    measurements of membrane-wall connections using laser scissors and
    tweezers, and the chemistry of aerosols in nutrient mist bioreactors.

    See our WEB site: .

    Annual stipend is $17,000 with tuition remission for 3 years and includes
    funds for travel to scientific meetings or research.

    Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

    For information and an application packet, contact: Professor Pam
    Weathers, Department Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic
    Institute, 100 Institute Rd., Worcester, MA 01609.
    TELEPHONE: 508-831-5196 FAX: 508-831-5936

    DEADLINE: July 1, 1999. Graduate work must begin no later than January of

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