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What is the Schatz Center?

In March, 1998, Dr. Louis Schatz pledged $5.6 million from his estate to endow The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Pennsylvania State University.

Through endowments for a post-doctoral fellowship, visiting scholar support, undergraduate research awards, a colloquium, and library collections, the Schatz Center provides continuing supporting for research and training in forest genetics and related technologies at the University Park and Mont Alto campuses of Pennsylvania State University. The Schatz Center endowment also supported construction of the new Forest Resources Building on the University Park campus. 

The Schatz Center encompasses app. 2200 square feet of research space and 600 square feet of office space in the new Forest Resources Building.  The Schatz Center is composed of a Molecular Genetics Lab, a Quantitative Genetics Lab, a microscopy room, a tissue culture room, and equipment rooms for freezers, servers, autoclave and dishwasher.  The Schatz Center is well equipped for high throughput molecular genetics and genomics, including genetic mapping, genetic diversity, analysis of gene expression, and next generation sequencing of transcriptomes and bacterial, fungal and plant genomes.  To learn about projects underway in the Schatz Center, please visit the Schatz Center's current projects page, under Research.