Indiana University Graduate Fellowships in Plant Biotechnology

Applications are invited for graduate fellowships in the Plant Biotechnology Training Program at Indiana University. This program is funded by the USDA National Needs Fellowship (NNF) Program, and provides stipends of $17,000 per year, plus a full tuition scholarship.

NNF fellows will be able to choose among eight plant biotechnology laboratories (directed by Carl Bauer, Mark Estelle, Roger Hangarter, Roger Innes, Cheng Kao, Jeffrey Palmer, Robert Togasaki, and Miriam Zolan) that are affiliated with the Biology Department and the Indiana Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology. These eight laboratories encompass a broad range of areas in plant biotechnology, including disease resistance genes, plant-virus and plant-bacteria interactions, genome evolution, hormones and development, plant responses to light and gravity, carbon assimilation, DNA repair and meiosis, and chlorophyll biosynthesis. Accordingly, our training program provides both breadth and depth. We emphasize a solid foundation in molecular genetics as it is applied to all organisms, not just plants. This enables our students to approach questions in plant biology from a broad perspective, and to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that has been garnered from animal and yeast systems and apply it to plants. Broad training also allows our students to easily move into new areas as they progress through their research careers. For more details on our graduate training curriculum and the research programs of the IU biology facult please visit our World Wide Web Site (, or contact any of the eight participating faculty listed below.

For application materials please write, call, or e-mail:

Ms. Gretchen Clearwater, Administrative Assistant, National Needs Fellowships Program, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
ph: 812-855-1861; FAX: 812-855-6705; e-mail:

Although NNF fellows must be US citizens or nationals, the Department of Biology also awards research assistantships on a competitive basis regardless of nationality.
Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.

The Plant Biotechnology Faculty at Indiana University

Dr. Carl Bauer: Molecular biology of photosynthetic bacteria; Regulation of gene expression by light and oxygen; Synthesis of chlorophyll; Phototaxis.
ph: 812/855-6595

Dr. Mark Estelle: Role of the plant hormone auxin in plant development.
ph: 812/855-8535

Dr. Roger Hangarter: Plant physiology: mechanisms of photomorphogenesis and hormonal regulation of plant development
ph: 812/855-4441

Dr. Roger Innes: Molecular genetics of plant-pathogen interactions.
ph: 812/855-2219

Dr. Cheng Kao: Mechanisms of Plant-Virus and Plant-Bacteria Interactions.
ph: 812/855-7959

Dr. Jeffrey Palmer: Molecular evolution; Transfer of chloroplast and mitochondrial genes to the nucleus.
ph: 812/855-8892

Dr. Robert Togasaki: Environmental regulation of photosynthetic carbon assimilation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
ph: 812/855-4723

Dr. Miriam Zolan : Meiosis and DNA Repair; Fungal Genetics and Genome Evolution.
ph: 812/855-6694