Plants3D NSF NRT Program

Center for Plant Cell Biology, University of California, Riverside

Discover. Design. Deploy. A graduate training program for biologists, engineers, and computational scientists.

Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to combine plant and microbial biology with engineering technologies to discover, design, and deploy plant-inspired solutions for agriculture and biotechnology.

Second Friday Events Coming Up:

  • January 19, 2024: Giles Oldroyd, Cambridge University Distinguished Speaker, 12pm, Genomics Auditorium
  • February 9, 2024: Greg Lowry, Carnegie Melon University
  • March 8, 2024: Tessa Burch-Smith, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • April 12, 2024: Communications workshop – Part 1
  • May 3, 2024: Communications workshop – Part 2

Our 5th Plants3D Retreat was an awe-inspiring event where students from different cohorts, .. read more about the Retreat here

Meet All trainees

Chase Lenert-Mondou
Biochem. Mol. Biol.

Melissa Gomez
Microbiology 

Amirsadra Mohensi
Computer Science

I am interested in the genetic engineering of micro-organisms, such as yeast

My motivation in joining the Plants 3D program is to develop the skills needed to make discoveries in foundational knowledge of photosynthesis.

As a computer scientist, I develop tools that process and explain the deluge of genomic information extracted from various organisms.

Anqi Zhou
Chem. Env. Eng

William Samson
Plant Pathology

Lida Halilovic
Plant Pathology

The beauty of being an engineer is all about how those scientific discoveries in the biology-related field can be applied creatively and solve pressing problems in the real world.

My new research focus is on providing growers with new information to improve the biological and physical qualities of soil health.

My goals are to advance the field of knowledge in how plants protect themselves from pathogens to develop novel and environmentally friendly crop protection solutions.

Isaac Diaz
Plant Biology

Xiaoxuan Teng
Chem. Env. Eng

Marina Youngblood
Plant Biology

I am interested in working to combat citrus greening disease, which has decimated the citrus industry in Puerto Rico and Florida.

As a chemical engineer, I am interested in novel plant natural products (NPs) discovery which would potentially show some medicinal value.

I hope to collaborate with fellow Plants 3D students to expand nanoparticle application in current agricultural practices.

Roxanna Pignolet
Microbiology

Jean Ae “Ruth” Kim
Plant Biology

Rachel Strout
Plant Biology

The Plants3D program will
provide valuable support and training to both help me improve my science communication skills and make impactful connections with an innovative and interdisciplinary community.

My research goal is to uncover
the function of nuclear photo bodies as gene regulatory hubs so that my findings can be applied to improve crop tolerance to environmental stressors.

My research focuses on how
model and crop plants respond to heat in a time-of-day-dependent manner. I am interested in exploring its implications in designing heat-resistant crops through the Plants3D program.

Students and leadership provide an explanation of the Plants3D program.
Plants3D Trainee Nick Robertson’s Youtube Channel and Explanation of his Plants3D Start-Up Project.
Highlights from Plants3D Trainees.

Funded by the NSF National Research Traineeship Program
Grant DBI-1922642