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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Genetics is an interdepartmental graduate program with faculty participants from many academic departments of the University.

Director of graduate studies:

Chris Toomajian

Graduate faculty:

*Eduard D. Akhunov, Ph.D., Institute of Genetics, Russia
Alina Akhunova, Ph.D., St. Petersburg State University
*Guihua Bai, Ph.D., Purdue University
*Nora Bello, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Jennifer Bormann, Ph.D., Iowa State University
*Susan J. Brown, Ph.D., University of Missouri
*Ming-Shun Chen, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Rollie J. Clem, Ph.D., University of Georgia
*Timothy Durrett, Ph.D., University of Missouri
*John P. Fellers, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
*Carolyn Ferguson, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
  Gregory Finnigan, Ph.D., University of Oregon
*Bernd R. Friebe, Ph.D., Free University of Berlin 
*Allan K. Fritz, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Erika Geisbrecht, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
*Bikram S. Gill, Ph.D., University of California- Davis
*Revathi Govind, Ph.D., Texas Tech University HSC
*Michael A. Herman, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*Michael Kanost, Ph.D., Purdue University
*John F. Leslie, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
*Sanzhen Liu, Ph.D., Iowa State University
*Berlin Luxelly Londono Renteria, Ph.D., Tulane University
*Jocelyn McDonald, Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Beth A. Montelone, Ph.D., University of Rochester
*Ted Morgan, Ph.D., Washington State University 
*Geoffrey Morris, Ph.D., University of Chicago
*Bradley Olson, Michigan State University
*Sunghun Park, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
*Yoonseong Park, Ph.D., University of Arizona
*Jesse Poland, Ph.D., Cornell University
*Megan Rolf, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*William T. Schapaugh, Jr., Ph.D., Purdue University
*Kathrin Schrick, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
*C. Michael Smith, Ph.D., Mississippi State University
*Tesfaye Tesso, Ph.D., Kansas State University 
*Richard B. Todd, Ph.D., The University of Melbourne
*Christopher Toomajian, Ph.D., University of Chicago
*Harold Trick, Ph.D., Florida State University
*Barbara Valent, Ph.D., University of Colorado
*Govindsamy Vediyappan, Ph.D., University of Madras, India
*Steve Welch, Ph.D. Michigan State University
  Zhilong Yang,Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
*Anna Zinovyeva, Ph.D., Indiana University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

Program overview

The Genetics Graduate Program is sponsored by several departments to offer specialized education in genetics to students in multidisciplines. Graduate work leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics is administered by the faculty of participating departments. These departments are Agronomy; Animal Science and Industry; Biochemistry; Entomology; Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources; Plant Pathology; Veterinary Medicine; and the Division of Biology. The genetics program consists of 35 graduate faculty members and about 20 graduate students, in addition to visiting scientists, and postdoctoral fellows. All faculty members direct active research projects, and there is a high degree of interaction and cooperation among researchers in various areas of genetics.

Graduate students are expected to start research in their first year and will receive individual attention and guidance. The objective is to produce graduates with a broad training in genetics, who are able to conduct independent research programs that are creative and productive. The curriculum is broad, including plant, animal, physiological, molecular, microbial, fungal, yeast, population, quantitative and behavioral genetics, as well as cytogenetics, genetic engineering, and biotechnology in general. Students are expected to specialize in one of four areas of genetics for their advanced study: Molecular Cellular and Developmental Genetics; Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions; Arthropod Genetics; or Quantitative Genetics.

Original research is a requirement for study in the Genetics Graduate Program. The small size of the research labs, typically three to six students per lab, makes for close interaction within the group. Students are also encouraged to interact with other faculty and students in the program and in the member departments.


Incoming students generally have degrees in some area of biology. However, the overwhelming considerations are an intensive interest in genetics, and minimum prerequisites for admission into our programs. Application procedures require:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A statement of professional goals and objectives
  3. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Additional Graduate School regulations apply to applicants from outside of the United States. Foreign students are expected to have a TOEFL score of 600 or better; the GRE is desired but not required. Outof- state tuition is waived for students who are awarded graduate research or teaching assistantships.

Students who consider pursuing graduate careers at Kansas State University are encouraged to visit the university in order to meet with members of faculty and with other students and to form their own impression of the general atmosphere and of the many research possibilities. If that is not possible, students are encouraged to browse the research programs of specific Genetics Faculty (http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/genetics/). Research programs that interest prospective students should be listed when applying for admission to the program.




Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate