Master of Science in the Biological Sciences program at Plymouth State University


The research groups of Dr. Chabot, Dr. Doherty, Dr. Jolles, and Dr. Son at Plymouth State University are seeking qualified and highly motivated students to join the Master of Science in the Biological Sciences program. PSU is perfectly situated in central New Hampshire, adjacent to both the White Mountains and Lakes regions. The primary research areas for each faculty member are described below. We also encourage the development of projects that complement existing research programs. In addition to training in various project-specific techniques, we offer opportunities to gain expertise in bioinformatics, sequencing, and statistical methods within any of these research areas.

The Chabot lab addresses issues in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and one of our main interests is in the control of timing of behaviors and physiology by internal clocks (esp. – circadian and circatidal). We investigate a variety of questions about the mechanisms of these biological rhythms, often in marine organisms, from the molecular and genetic level to behavior and physiology. Dr. Chris Chabot:;

The Doherty lab examines genetics, genomics, and molecular biology of tissue regeneration, wound healing, and heart disease in humans. Ongoing projects include: 1) Discovery of genetic variation in the Connective Tissue Growth Factor gene, 2) Testing for association of human genetic variants to heart disease, and 3) Using tissue culture cells to model the role of genetic variation in wound healing.  Please contact Dr. Heather Doherty at or visit for more information about her work.

The Jolles lab focuses on plants and fungi, especially questions concerning phylogenetics, population genetics, biogeography, and reproductive biology (including plant-insect interactions), or projects requiring floristic/fungal surveys of areas in New England for which the diversity is poorly understood. Please contact Dr. Diana Jolles at or visit for more information about her work.

The Son lab focuses on the pathogenesis of the infectious bacterium Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of the re-emerging human intestinal disease cholera. Our research centers around the characterization of clinically relevant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs): (1) and how genetic changes has afforded this organism’s increased ability to cause disease, (2) attachment to and the development of copepod models, and (3) environmental impacts on the propagation of other aquatic pathogenic bacteria. Please contact Dr. Mike Son at (603-535-3199) (website: for more information about his work and other C.R.A.P. (Cholera Research at PSU) in the Son lab.


Prospective student interested in applying can find additional information about the program at: Applications can be submitted at: (please choose Graduate). GRE score requirement may be waived for highly qualified students. Please contact Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Heather Doherty ( for questions about the program. As per the application, be sure to contact directly the faculty member with whom you have interest in working, or to ask questions about their specific research program. Review of applicants will begin April 1 and continue until positions are filled.

Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in Biology or a related field. Experience in genetics/molecular biology, microbiology, neurobiology, animal behavior or physiology, and/or plant and environmental biology research is an added benefit. Stipend and tuition support may be available for competitive applicants.