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Maxwell Harman
July 22, 2024
The fellowship provides opportunities for international exchange programs in drug discovery, agriculture and medicine.
The back of a shirt. It reads Gutterball, and has bowling pins and a bowling ball depicted
July 16, 2024
Gutter Ball returned on June 12, with Tony Schilmiller claiming his fourth championship.
: The Artemis I launch stage is illuminated against a black sky at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s white Orion spacecraft is fixed to the top of the tall, cylindrical orange and white Space Launch System rocket. Bright yellow plumes are gushing from the bottom of the rocket as it begins its launch.
July 12, 2024
NASA awarded its Silver Achievement Medal to a multi-institution team that includes researchers from the College of Natural Science
A large green poplar leaf speckled with water droplets
July 8, 2024
Spartan researchers have developed a way to get poplar trees to produce valuable molecules usually derived from shark livers
A colorful molecular model. Green and purple ribbons depicting the heterodimeric cisprenyltransferase complex floating above gray, red and blue dots depicting a cell membrane
July 1, 2024
Award will support the Vermaas lab’s work in drug discovery through molecular dynamics research in plants. 
A compter generated graphic showing 6 blue cylindars coming off of a lighter blue center. A red piece in the center is circled.
June 20, 2024
This analysis and review suggests that the different families of the OCP use similar structural determinants for non-photochemical quenching.
Maxwell Harman
June 11, 2024
Maxwell Harman shares his insights on his acceptance to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
The printed program from the 2024 Classes Without Quizzes event was designed to look like a blue book for college exams. A closed copy of the program sits on a table showing that the cover reads “Classes Without Quizzes 2024” and has a spot to write a student’s name, subject, class, section, instructor and date. Behind it, a copy of the program is opened to a page featuring presenter Federica Brandizzi and shows how some of her work is helping prepare plants that astronauts can grow on space flights.
May 17, 2024
Alumni and friends of the college gathered to peer into the future of sustainability with Spartan student and faculty experts
Anton Lang
May 16, 2024
Joshua Kaste and Xinyu Fu have been awarded the 2024 Anton Lang Memorial Award. The lecture was given by Robert Last.
A group of 11 people
May 7, 2024
A group of graduate and undergraduate students participated in the 2024 EnergyTech University Prize, making it to the regionals portion of the competition. The contest is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions and challenges students to create and present a business plan in the energy sector.
Ryan Mosley
April 23, 2024
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For the past fifteen years, Ryan Mosley has been providing IT support for both the Plant Research Laboratory and the Department of Plant Biology. Now, after accepting a new position on the Research Cyberinfrastructure team at MSU, he will be working with researchers all over campus.
A scientific instrument clamps onto a leaf and a screen shows readouts
April 18, 2024
Researchers from across the Michigan State University plant science community, including from eight PRL labs, participated in this year’s Science Festival on campus.
Xiaotong Jiang and Bailey Kleven
April 16, 2024
Graduate students Xiaotong Jiang and Bailey Kleven are the 2024 recipients of the Keegstra and Thomashow Travel Awards.
A computer graphic of the hemes in a crystal
April 10, 2024
Using molecular dynamics, researchers from the Kramer and Vermaas labs showed how electrons move through a crystal, jumping from heme to heme. The researchers found that the rate at which the electrons jump from one heme to another highly depended on the temperature of the crystal.
Cheryl Kerfeld
April 5, 2024
Cheryl Kerfeld was a panelist at an event in Washington, DC commemorating US innovation at the nanoscale.
Several blue droplets ringed by red circles fluoresce against a black background in a microscope image. A scale bar shows the droplets range between about 10 and 20 micrometers in diameter.
April 1, 2024
Spartan researchers join a nationwide team to create a new way to design cell-sized microfactories that could help make medicines, biofuels and more.
Max Harman
March 28, 2024
Max Harman, graduate student in the PRL Walker lab, was awarded a 2024 Michigan Soybean Association Scholarship.
Four people work with computers
March 28, 2024
Researchers from the PRL Vermaas lab participated in Girls' Math and Science Day, an event designed to encourage young girls to pursue scientific interests.
A person in a lab gives a thumbs up to the camera
March 26, 2024
With a Traveling Fellowship from The Company of Biologists, PhD student Manuel Bellucci came to the PRL Sharkey lab from the University of Rome to study the protective role of isoprene.
Four green plants as seen from above.
March 25, 2024
In a recent study in Plant Physiology, Michigan State University researchers revealed a misconception that had been growing in plant science about one of the fundamental puzzle pieces of photosynthesis. In correcting the record, researchers can now think about using this knowledge to improve plant function and grow more efficient crops.
A person works with a plant in the lab
March 20, 2024
Liana Acevedo-Siaca came to Michigan State University-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory, or MSU DOE-PRL in October 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher in David Kramer’s lab. She is now preparing to move across the Atlantic to the Netherlands to start as an Assistant Professor in the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group at Wageningen University in April 2024.
A sunset over a river
February 19, 2024
MSU is a pioneer in plant science, and the renewal of important programs such as the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and the DOE-supported Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center helped bolster DOE-funded expenditures.
Four women look at computers in a lab
February 19, 2024
Fixed-term Assistant Professor Jinjie Liu discusses her work with CURE, the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience, at Michigan State University.
Cyanobacteria as seen under a microscope
February 7, 2024
A recent publication in Metabolic Engineering looks at how cyanobacteria balance cellular energy between “source and sink,” which may have downstream applications in bioproduction. 
A test tube a hand is putting seeds in
January 26, 2024
How are astronauts going to grow their food when they’re in space? It’s a question that Michigan State University scientists are asking, and one that they’re growing closer to answering.
Lisa Yun
January 18, 2024
Lisa Yun, a graduate student in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Ducat lab, has worked at national laboratories and universities since beginning her professional career. When considering an internship, she wanted to experience industry work to better understand the differences between the workload and organization compared to academia. She wanted to work at a startup, more specifically, she wanted to be in a smaller environment with a goal for sustainability.
Donghee Hoh
January 10, 2024
Donghee Hoh, a postdoctoral researcher of the Kramer Lab, was awarded the 2023 American Society of Plant Biologists, or ASPB, Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award. The award paid for travel to the ASPB conference held this August in Savannah, Georgia. Women members of ASPB who are early in their career are eligible for this award.
Sorghum potted plants
January 5, 2024
A recap of 2023 in pictures from the PRL.
A man leans forward, inspecting a leafy green plant in a greenhouse.
December 19, 2023
In a study published in The Plant Journal, researchers looked at the complex regulation of the storage of cell wall mixed-linkage glucan, or MLG, in sorghum, a crop that’s a promising biofuel feedstock. MLG is a component of the cell wall that is believed to have several biological functions, but its precise role during the vegetative growth of plants is not understood well.
Federica Brandizzi
December 13, 2023
Can seeds sent into space grow better plants on Earth? Federica Brandizzi is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and an MSU Research Foundation Professor who wanted to find out.
Gregg Howe and Leah Johnson
December 13, 2023
Leah Johnson is the 2023 recipient of the Kende Award, which acknowledges the best doctoral dissertation in plant sciences at Michigan State University over the last two years.
Duncan Boren
November 30, 2023
For a small field like computational biology, joining an international workshop is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from, collaborate with and talk to professionals and students from around the world. This is how Duncan Boren of the Vermaas Lab felt when he learned about the CompBioAsia program.
Gregg Howe
November 22, 2023
Gregg Howe and James Tiedje were included in this year’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers, showing they are among the world’s most influential scientists.
A close-up of a gloved hand injecting a green leaf on a plant with a small syringe.
November 16, 2023
Researchers from Michigan State University have shed light on the biological puzzle of how plants launch immune responses. Reporting in Nature Communications, the team revealed one protein that plays a key role in mobilizing a plant’s antimicrobial defenses
Gregg Howe
November 15, 2023
Five researchers and professors from Michigan State University, including the PRL's Gregg Howe, have been recognized in the “2023 Highly Cited Researchers” list, a ranking organized annually by Clarivate Analytics.
Flowers from a worm's eye view
November 9, 2023
WKAR's Megan Schellong spoke with Tom Sharkey, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University, to discuss his research findings on how plants store food for their future when they sense there's less daylight available.