Drs. Guiltinan and Maximova teach courses in Plant Biotechnology, Plant Biology and Supervise Undergraduate and Graduate research projects.

They also provide training to scientists from around the world through international scientific exchange visits and technical workshops.

Penn State Courses

Plant Biotechnology - Hort/Biotech/Biol 459

Plant Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field of science that has impacted our society on many different levels. The future of plant biotechnology has the potential to contribute immensely to many of our societies most pressing problems, but its future is in question because of socio-economic and political forces. This class will provide a strong overview of the techniques used in plant biotechnology, and the applications made possible by it. We will produce transgenic plants in lab, and these will be used to illustrate many of the most important tools of the biotechnologist. We will examine various aspects regarding the safety, legal and ethical issues surrounding GMOs and study the anti-GMO arguments surrounding each of them. The course will give you a broader and deeper knowledge in the field of Plant Biotechnology, and provide you with a foundation for understanding the field as it changes in the future.

Course Objectives

  • To introduce the underlying principles of aseptic culture of plant cells, tissues and organs.
  • To provide information about the equipment, procedures and terminology of aseptic culture and experience using them, through student participation in the laboratory.
  • To review specialized cell culture techniques and their uses in plant science research and industry.
  • To familiarize students with the technology of plant genetic engineering.
  • To learn about the social, ethical and legal implications of Plant Biotechnology

PLBIO 512 - Plant Resource Acquisition and Utilization

Team Taught: Dr. Guiltinan teaches a module on basic philosophies of the scientific method and scientific discovery. Discussion based lectures on starch biosynthesis and starch branching enzyme research performed in his lab.

Independent Undergraduate Research - Hort/Biol 496

Undergraduate students performing state of the art research with graduate students and postdoctoral associates in plant molecular biology.

Example Student Project

USDA Cacao DNA Fingerprinting Ring Test: Results from Penn State University

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