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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.

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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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