About PRL

Fountain by the plant biology building


The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) is a research institute located on the campus of Michigan State University, with major funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE). We bring together a group of experimental biologists to foster the development of cooperative research programs involving multidisciplinary approaches. The PRL is a unique community of scholars with a rare, energizing esprit de corps, dedicated to answering fundamental questions in plant biology. Our goal is to provide a broad and thorough scientific education in modern plant biology. The PRL is affiliated with one college and seven departments through joint appointments of its faculty:

The PRL offers study programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. For more info, visit the Graduate Program page.

The PRL has exceptional research facilities. We maintain a centralized equipment facility that includes a quantitative densitometer, a phosphorimager, a biolistic particle gun, an electroporator, gas and high-performance liquid chromatography stations and specialized facilities and imaging equipment in the Plant Biology Building or adjacent buildings.