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A career in science is exciting, interesting, and rewarding. We train students of all levels (from high school students to postdoctoral fellows) in an environment that promotes creative problem solving,  teamwork, and fun with plants. Graduates from my program currently work in academia, industry and government settings.

I primarily recruit graduate students through the Virginia Tech Translational Plant Sciences (TPS) program. This is a fantastic program that allows new Ph.D. students to spend their first year focusing on courses and conducting six-week "rotation" projects in different labs. Through this process, students are integrated into the community and experience different types of research. At the end of the first year, they make an informed choice about which lab they want to join as their permanent home. Find out more about TPS at the website: