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Graduate Certificate in Protein Biotechnology

Faculty working with Students: 48
Students: 41
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 243.9%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program at Washington State University offers interdisciplinary training to enhance the graduate experience and produce versatile scientists and engineers to address the future needs of biotechnology in academic, industrial, or government service.

The program provides state-of-the-art training in basic science relevant to biotechnology and an education in the applied aspects of biotechnology, with particular emphasis on protein science.

Trainees in the Program are admitted for graduate studies through one of the participating academic units, then nominated for a traineeship:

Trainee positions are supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, and contributions by Washington State University.

Admission Requirements:

There is no application process for this certificate. all Ph.D. students are in the NIH Training Program in order to qualify for the certificate. There are no tests required. Students take the required courses, perform an industrial extenship, and participate in the program during their Ph.D. career.

Faculty Members:

Abu-Lail, Nehal, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Nanoscale Cellular Interactions and Mechanics

Berkman, Clifford, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of inhibitors of proteases and peptidases related to cancer; design of novel enzymes inhibitors for the use in targeting tumor cells with diagnostic and therapeutic agents.

Beyenal, Haluk, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biofilm and Fuel Cells

Black, Margaret, Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

Molecular evolution, pathway engineering and extensive in vitro and in vivo analyses to improve and evaluate suicide genes for gene therapy of cancer.

Brayton, Kelly A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Functional genomics of vector-borne pathogens.

Browse, John A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Lipid and membrane biochemistry, pathways and regulation of lipid synthesis and membrane formation in higher plants, chilling and freezing tolerance in plants.

Brozik, James, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biophysics, Material Science, Biosensors, Instrument Design and Fabrication.

Call, Douglas Ruben, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Mechanisms that lead to the emergence, amplification, persistence and dissemination of antibiotic resistance in food animal production systems.

Carabeo, Rey, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Chlamydia trachomatis-epithelium interaction using 3D cell culture systems, Molecular biology of iron-dependent repression of transcription in Chlamydia – No longer accepting new student.

Celli, Jean, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms of Brucella abortus modulation of host cell functions.

Croteau, Rodney, Regents Professor

Research Interests

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1997, expertise is plant sciences, specifically isolated genes involved in the biosynthesis of Taxol, important in treating cancer.

Dhingra, Amit, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Horticultural genomics, plastid transformation, organelle genomics, photobiology and photosynthesis.

Dong, Wenji, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cardiac Muscle Biology and Mechanics, Protein Chemistry and Engineering, Fluorescence Techniques, Computer Modeling, Nanoscale Biosensor Design and Engineering

Ficklin, Stephen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

System genetics

Gang, David R, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Our research seeks to elucidate the biosynthetic pathways that produce novel and important plant specialized metabolites in aromatic plants, to uncover the mechanisms responsible for the evolution of these pathways in the plant kingdom and to understand the function of a given natural product in the biology and physiology of a given plant species.

Goodman, Alan, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Animal models of microbial infection, Computational models for functional genomics and signaling pathways

Haseltine, Cynthia A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Mechanisms of homologous recombination and cellular responses to DNA damage in hyperthermophilic archaeal microbes.

Kahn, Michael L, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biochemistry, genetics and physiology of metabolism in the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between rhizobia and legume plants.

Kang, Chulhee, Ph.D.

Research Interests

SR Calcium Regulation in Cardiac Muscle
Biochemical approaches for cancer-associated proteins and UV-damaged DNA to develop anticancer drugs. Enzyme and Plant engineering for effective generation for biofuel.

Kim, Kwanhee, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Vitamin A signaling circuitry in reproductive organs, Reproductive toxicology by plasticizer phthalates.

Kirchhoff, Helmut, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Photosynthesis, Molecular Architecture and Dynamics of Photosynthetic Membranes

Knodler, Leigh, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Salmonella-intestinal epithelial cell interactions.

Kostyukova, Alla S, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Regulation of actin dynamics by actin-binding proteins, protein structure and protein-protein interactions, circular dichroism.

Kunz, Hans Henning, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Investigate chloroplast ion transport and homeostasis, discover and characterize new chloroplast ion transporters, design of organelle specific gene family targeting amiRNA library

Lange, Bernd M, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Characterizing the interface between primary and secondary metabolic pathways, with particular emphasis on the biosynthesis of terpenoids.

Lewis, Norman G, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Bichemistry of natural and medicinal products in plants, biochemistry of plant cell-wall synthesis and unique plant constituents, effects of gravity on metabolic pathways in plants.

Magnuson, Nancy S, Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

One of the first to identify how th ePIM-1 gene contributes to cancer development.

Main, Doreen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Bioinformatics, plant comparative genomics, development of a comparative mapping database for rosaceaous crops, synteny conservation of resistance genes in Rosaceae, global analysis of functional units in plant chromosomes, development of plant bioinformatics analysis tools.

Mancini, Rock, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Molecular control of synthetic targets to effect macroscopic changes in biological and physical systems. Organic chemistry; polymer chemistry; chemical biology.

Neff, Michael, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches to uncover and describe the interactions between various signaling pathways that modulate plant development.

Nicola, Anthony, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cell biology of virus-host interactions, herpesviruses, viral entry, membrane fusion, envelope glycoproteins, viral pathogenesis

O'Connor, Roberta

Research Interests

Marine natural product drug discovery for parasitic diseases

Omsland, Anders, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biology of bacterial obligate intracellular parasites, virulence, metabolic capabilities, and regulation of bacterial morphological transitions

Palmer, Guy Hughes, DVM, Ph.D.

Peters, John

Research Interests

Fundamental electron transfer reactions relevant to energy and agriculture

Reeves, Raymond, Emeritus Professor

Roberts, Steven, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Genome dynamics: mechanisms of mutation and chromosome alteration that contribute to human disease. Mutagenesis of ssDNA in cancer.

Sanguinet, Karen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Research focus on factors that modulate growth and development. Study of root architecture of the Pooideae subfamily of temperate grasses using developmental, genetic and genomics approaches.

Shah, Devendra Hansraj, BVSc, PhD

Research Interests

Food and water-borne bacterial diseases; avian infectious diseases.

Shelden, Eric A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Cytoskeletal regulation and dynamics during injury, migration and differentiation of mammalian cells.

Smerdon, Michael J, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Our broad objective is to understand the molecular details of an important defense mechanism (DNA repair) against phenotypic changes in cells, and its modulation by different chromatin domains.

Smertenko, Andrei, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Our work combines a variety of complex investigative procedures including biochemical techniques, molecular biology, genetics, live cell imaging, and cell biology. The findings of our projects will be harnessed for the development of new technologies aiming at improving traits of crops and industrially important plant species.

Tanaka, Kiwamu, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Molecular plant-microbe interactions and plant innate immunity

Thomas, Kawula, Ph.D.

Vadyvaloo, Viveka, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Arthropod-borne zoonotic infectious diseases, including the etiological agent of the bubonic plague, Yersinia pestis.

Wie, Bernard J. Van, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biosensors, Biomedical Processes, Mammalian Cell & Tissue Culture, Engineering Education

Wyrick, John Jason, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Regulation of eukaryotic genome expression, histone acetylation, and the development of new functional genomic and bioinformatic tools.

Yount, Ralph, Emeritus Professor

Contact Information:

Susan Cao
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164