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Christoph Benning: Facilitating collaborations

Christoph Benning: Facilitating collaborations

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Author: MSU Today
Category: MSU Today

Christoph Benning is an MSU Foundation Professor of plant biology and the director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. Coming from Germany as a graduate student in the 80s, I was attracted by MSU’s large number of well-renowned plant scientists. A prestigious German fellowship and contacts by my former adviser in Freiburg, Germany opened opportunities for me to study at different U.S. institutions. Comparing annual reports and faculty bodies, I chose the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory for my doctoral studies. Thus, I ended up receiving my Ph.D. in 1991 from the genetics program at MSU under the mentorship of Chris Somerville. Read more here:  

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