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Doctoral studies in Plant Physiology, and Computational Science and Engineering

Within the Department of Plant Physiology, the aim of our graduate program is to provide PhD education of the highest international standard, with a focus on both scientific and personal development. We currently have over 20 PhD students from more than ten different countries around the world, offering students a diverse and stimulating environment in which to undertake their studies.

Courses, workshops and seminar series are offered in which graduate students are integrated into an interactive scientific environment. Our PhD program gives graduate students the opportunity to undertake basic research in all areas of plant physiology, plant molecular biology, including functional genomics and bioinformatics, and plant biotechnology.

The department is made up of 16 research groups all lead by an individual principle investigator who run research programs on topics ranging from studies of how plants respond at the whole plant and ecosystem level to changes in climatic factors (e.g. cold and drought) and biotic stresses (e.g. herbivory by insects), down to studies designed to understand how plants sense changes in their environment through changes in light or circadian rhythms, how cellular activity is regulated via intracellular signaling mechanisms through to wood formation and the role of plant hormones in establishing tissue polarity.   

These diverse research programs provide students with the opportunity to undertake challenging research projects and to learn and utilize the full range of advanced modern research methodologies.

Research at the Department of Plant Physiology


New thesis

The chemistry of plants facing multiple stress scenarios

The chemistry of plants facing multiple stress scenarios

All living organisms harbour complex chemical networks inside their cells. The sum of all these chemical reactions is the driving force of life and is called metabolism. In his thesis work, Stefano Papazian at Umeå University, studies how plants adapt their metabolic networks to respond to different environmental stresses. Read more

Top Research News

Umeå researcher served a world first (?) CRISPR meal

Umeå researcher served a world first (?) CRISPR meal

For (probably) the first time ever, plants modified with the “genetic scissors” CRISPR-Cas9 has been cultivated, harvested and cooked. Stefan Jansson, professor in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology at Umeå University, served pasta with “CRISPRy” vegetable fry to a radio reporter. Although the meal only fed two people, it was still the first step towards a future where science can better provide farmers and consumers across the world with healthy, beautiful and hardy plants. Read more

Director of PhD-studies

Hannele Tuominen
Institutionen för fysiologisk botanik/ Department of Plant Physiology
901 87 Umeå 

Tel:  +46(0)90-786 96 93

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