The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics was initiated in 1998 based on the vision and gifts from Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Louis W. Schatz (class of 1934). In the Schatz Center labs located at Penn State's University Park campus, state-of-the-art research is conducted in forest genetics, genomics and related areas. The Schatz Center provides training opportunities for undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. The Schatz Center also sponsors a colloquium, held biennially at Penn State's Mont Alto campus, which brings together researchers and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to discuss the science of current issues in tree genetics.
A plant geneticist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop genomics resources to address forest-health issues affecting hardwood trees.