The Plant Biotechnology Laboratory

Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology - College of the Environment and Life Sciences


The Kausch Laboratory has a primary focus on Agricultural Biotechnology, with Facilities located at the Plant Biotechnology Laboratory in West Kingston at 530 Liberty Lane. The Laboratory maintains active programs in Research, Education, Outreach, and Industry Interactions. The Plant Biotechnology Laboratory (PBL) is fully operational for plant transformation and transgenic biology with multiple species, with a focus on agriculturally significant crops, and contains all the necessary equipment and facilities required for transgenic plant molecular biology.

The PBL, Directed by Dr. Albert Kausch, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, is located in a University of Rhode Island research facility about 1 mile from the main URI campus at 530 Liberty Lane in West Kingston, Rhode Island. The laboratory space, is fully equipped for molecular biology work and plant transgenic technology applications, and is available to provide all the necessary laboratory facilities required for the program. Greenhouse space for transgenic plant grow-out and analysis is also available at URI.  The PBL maintains several active research collaboration with other Universities government and industry collaborators, including; Yale University, NC State University, US Department of Energy, CIAT, Cali Colombia, Ernst Conservation Seeds Inc. Plant Advancements LLC. Ophios LLC and others.  Dr. Kausch teaches a popular General Education course called Issues in Biotechnology (BCH 190) both on campus and online.  He also teaches a two semester inquiry driven training course in plant biotechnology titled  Project-based Laboratory Science (BCH  471/472) and offers experiential internships (BCH 499) in his lab to qualified students.

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