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Plant Sciences

The CUNY Plant Sciences PhD program, the most comprehensive of its kind in the New York area, is a long-standing joint program between CUNY and the New York Botanical Garden and consists of 40 doctoral faculty. Research areas include: biotechnology and metabolic engineering of plant biosynthetic pathways, systems biology, natural product biochemistry, medicinal plants and economic botany, signal transduction in plants, plant-microbial interactions, plant development, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, ecology, biodiversity and systematics.

PS Subprogram Chair

Renuka Sankaran

Assistant Professor
Lehman College, Davis Hall


Phone: 718-960-8983

Fall 2017 Retreat at PEEC

Coming up in Fall 2017 will be our Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEB) and Plant Sciences (PS) subprograms retreat! During the weekend of September 15-17th faculty, students and guests will be gathering for a rejuvenating retreat at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania.

The last EEB/PS retreat in 2015 featured “lightning talks,” poster sessions, and workshops, interspersed with hikes into the surrounding countryside. There was plenty of time for informal discussion among faculty and students, and for students from both programs to socialize in the “community” yurts.  We look forward to another productive retreat in Fall 2017!