Advisor Profile

Dr. John "Jack" Juvik
Plant Biotechnology Advisor

Dr. Juvik is currently in his inaugural year of advising Plant Biotechnology PSM students, though he has been working with Crop Science students since the early 1980s.  He earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California Davis. During his tenure at the University of Illinois, he has served in both Professor and Director of Graduate Studies roles. He has also served as a visiting scientist and professor at both Stanford and Cornell Universities. Dr. Juvik's research is centered around breeding brassica vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale) to reduce the incidence of cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, obesity, etc. His lab incorporates expertise in genetics and molecular biology, plant breeding, biochemistry, food science and human nutrition, pharmacology and toxicology of foods, entomology, plant pathology and more.

 

 

Plant Biotechnology Science Curriculum

FLEXIBLE COURSEWORK

The science component is comprised of a minimum of 32 hours of graduate coursework with a particular emphasis on biotechnology. 

Course selection is based on each student’s personal interests and professional goals. The science curriculum offers maximum flexibility while maintaining a rigorous and well-rounded graduate-level education. Coursework is available in plant biochemistry, growth and development, ecology and global change, molecular genetics and biotechnology, bioinformatics and systems biology.

 

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

The program of study is shown in the table below, by semester, including science and business courses. The specific science electives listed are representative of available courses. Students select their courses in consultation with and by permission of the program advisor. Two to three science courses are taken each semester in consultation with program advisors.

Note: Courses with an * are required.

†Course numbers and titles are subject to change.  Please note that some courses are only offered in select terms. For more information, please reference the Illinois Course Catalog.

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