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Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences established the Institute of Biological Chemistry in 1980 to pursue fundamental research in the molecular biology and biochemistry of plants. Although studies are conducted in a wide variety of areas, work at the Institute focuses on basic plant research that may have potential applications in forestry and agricultural biotechnology.

Over the years, the Institute has grown to more than 150 researchers, including visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and technicians in nine programs. The faculty publishes more than 90 papers in refereed journals and publications each year, and several have significant editorial duties for major scientific publications on plant research.

One of the Institute’s greatest strengths is its reputation as a training facility for outstanding young scientists. Plant researchers from all over the world come to the Institute for advanced training and collaborative research with the Institute’s faculty.

The various programs of the Institute also provide opportunities for students to obtain advanced degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and cell biology, plant physiology, botany, microbiology, horticulture and the allied agricultural and biological sciences.

For more information about specific research programs in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, please call us at (509) 335-0586, fax to (509) 335-7643 or email us at


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