Interdepartmental Studies in Plant Physiology

Program Overview

The goal of the Interdepartmental Studies in Plant Physiology is to prepare graduate students for a variety of careers in academic, public, and private research institutions. This concentration includes faculty from four departments and one school, with interests ranging from whole plant and postharvest physiology to plant biochemistry and plant molecular biology. Participating faculty have formed an interactive working group to provide comprehensive training in plant physiology.

Lecture series, discussion groups, and a wide array of courses all contribute to a unique educational experience in plant physiology. As both a land-grant and sea-grant institution, LSU offers an exceptionally broad selection of graduate programs in plant physiology. Areas covered include plant biochemistry, crop physiology, ecophysiology, forestry, horticulture, plant molecular biology, and plant pathology.


The Interdepartmental Program in Plant Physiology is administered under the Department of Biological Sciences. For further information please contact:

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Graduate Program, Department of Biological Sciences
Life Sciences Building 202
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA

Degree Program

Students earn the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in one of the participating units, as listed below, while concentrating in plant physiology.

Department of Biological Sciences
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Department of Horticulture
Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology

Additional detailed information about graduate studies in plant physiology is available from the program coordinator.


Applicants should contact the department in their specific area of interest. Individual departmental requirements will be provided by the department.

Financial Assistance

Board of Regents' Graduate Fellowships are available to highly qualified Ph.D. candidates. These fellowships, providing a yearly stipend of $18,000 plus tuition, are renewable for up to four years. These fellowships entail no specifically assigned teaching or research duties. 

Competitively awarded teaching and research assistantships also are available from the participating departments for both M.S. and Ph.D. students.


Sue G. Bartlett, Department of Biological Sciences
Chloroplast protein transport and assembly, carbonic anhydrase

Terry M. Bricker, Department of Biological Sciences
Photosynthesis, protein structure and function, site-directed mutagenesis of photosystem II proteins

Jim L. Chambers, School of Renewable Natural Resources
Physiological ecology, forest wetlands, pine/hardwood physiology, global climate change

Marc A. Cohn, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
Seed dormancy, signal transduction

David J. Longstreth, Department of Biological Sciences
Stress physiology, photosynthesis, water relations

Irving A. Mendelssohn, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Physiological ecology, flood tolerance mechanisms, coastal plant ecology

James V. Moroney, Department of Biological Sciences
Cell and molecular biology of CO2 uptake by photosynthetic organisms

Norimoto Murai, Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
Plant molecular biology, gene regulation, protein design, storage proteins, plant transformation

David H. Picha, Department of Horticulture
Post-harvest physiology of horticultural crops

Raymond W. Schneider, Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
Host-pathogen interactions, physiological ecology of soil-borne plant pathogens

Aaron Smith, Department of Biological Sciences
Genetic and epigenetic regulation of plant stress pathways