Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley provides outstanding academic opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Our cutting-edge research by the world's foremost scientists is at the forefront of the latest advances in the biological sciences.
Also known as PMB, we are proud of our internationally acclaimed research and teaching programs in both plant and microbial biology. We are regularly ranked as excellent for our academics and research at the top-ranked public university, UC Berkeley, where our mission is furthering scientific exploration for the public good.
Our faculty is diverse, dedicated to science, research, public service and teaching. We cover a broad range of fundamental and applied science.
We encompass all areas of plant and microbiology research, including ecology and evolution, genomics, computational biology, microbial genetics and development, plant genetics and development, host-microbe interactions, medicine, physiology and biochemistry, biophysics and more.
PMB offers outstanding programs in undergraduate and graduate education.
Our faculty is consistently recognized for excellence in teaching, and are praised by students for inspiring and illuminating lectures, seminars, presentations and instructional research labs.
The excitement and initiative our faculty shows in the classrom is contagious, and time and again students have said that it is a class taken by one of our instructors that inspired them to pursue a career in science. Our graduate program is second to none. Each graduate student in our PhD program receives one-on-one guidance, full funding and mentoring by the top scientists and instructors in their field.
PMB is at the forefront of cutting-edge research. Our department includes world experts on plants, microbes, fungi, algae, photosynthesis, biofuels, virology and more.
Each of our professors maintains a full lab in a variety of locations including Koshland Hall, Li Ka Shing, Energy Biosciences Institute, Plant Gene Expression Center, Joint Genome Institute and Joint Bio Energy Institute.
Faculty, students and staff at PMB include a wide variety of researchers, academics and associates.
We collaborate heavily and reach out to additional faculty at UC Berkeley and our associates for partnerships in science and research.
Our Graduate Group in Microbiology includes a wide circle of faculty partnering with PMB and offering research opportunities to our graduate students.