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Translational Plant Sciences

Translational Plant Sciences

Latham Hall

Welcome to Translational Plant Sciences at Virginia Tech.  Translational Plant Sciences is both a graduate student recruitment program and a group of laboratories with broad research topics advancing basic knowledge in the plant sciences; translating this knowledge into improved crop production. 

Our research is diverse, with locations that range from the atmosphere to the rhizosphere, at scales that range from cellular networks to ecosystems . What unites us is a sense of urgency that new tools are needed to ensure that global needs for food, feed and fiber will be met in an ecologically sustainable manner.

 We believe that basic molecular research is an important component of this imperative, as are projects that translate new knowledge into practical solutions for sustainable agriculture. Such research requires interdisciplinary collaboration, and much of our research takes place in teams within and beyond Virginia Tech. We are also committed to training students for diverse career opportunities in academia, industry, agriculture, and government. These commonalities underpin a remarkably strong, cohesive community that spans five departments and three colleges. We invite you to explore the information within our web site, and to contact us with questions.

Recent Graduates

Olusegun Adepoju, Ph.D. (BCHM)
Rebecca Fletcher, Ph.D. (SPES)
Tomas Hasing, Ph.D. (SPES)
Marco Mechan-Llontop, Ph.D. (SPES)
Unnati Sonawala, Ph.D. (SPES)
Long Tian, Ph.D. (GBCB)