We are a group of more than twenty faculty and many more students in seven departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Science, and Natural Resources. Our translational plant science program uses molecular approaches to understand how plants grow and interact with their environments.

The diversity in the TPS program is evident by looking at the federal agencies that fund them: National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and National Institute of Health. Moreover, many laboratories are also supported by various Virginia and US grower organizations and industry.


The Graduate Program in Translational Plant Sciences (TPS) allows students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in this discipline to work in a wide variety of research areas ranging from plant genomics to disease resistance, metabolic engineering, bioproduction and bioprocessing, and forest biotechnology.

TPS degree candidates who enroll in the program participate in several rotations through laboratories of interest. The program of study includes selections from a range of course offerings, tailored to the background and interests of each student. At the end of the first or second semester of enrollment, a permanent advisor is selected in whose laboratory the dissertation research will be conducted.

Apply HereApplications are due January 15, 2017

Translational Plant Science is an interdisciplinary graduate education program supported by the Virginia Tech Graduate School. To apply simply visit the graduate school admissions site Click to Apply.

 Applications for 2016 are no longer being accepted.
 We will be hosting a recruiting weekend in early November.  If you are interested in learning more about our program in person please consider applying.  If you attend the recruiting weekend your graduate application fee will be waived.  For full travel assistance consideration, applications are due October 7, 2016.

The symposium will be  held March 17 2017

The TPS symposium is an annual gathering of the TPS community to share our research in a conference format. Several speakers from academia and industry are invited to present and attend, and graduate students showcase their work in the form of oral or poster presentations.  Awards are given for the best talks and posters.