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MSU's Beronda Montgomery named an ASBMB Fellow [LINK] MSU's Beronda Montgomery named an ASBMB Fellow [LINK]

Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery is the recipient of a 2022 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Fellow Award.

February 25, 2022 Tags: Montgomery lab
Gregg Howe: Spartan research addresses 5 big climate change questions [LINK] Gregg Howe: Spartan research addresses 5 big climate change questions [LINK]

As the planet experiences the effects of climate change, questions arise about the future of our planet and daily life in general. Many of the major challenges related to a changing climate and their impact on society have Michigan State University Spartans working on solutions.

February 23, 2022 Tags: Howe lab
Flip the switch: Looking at how algae activate cell cycles Flip the switch: Looking at how algae activate cell cycles

Researchers from the Benning lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory have been looking into the signals for activating different states of the cell cycle in microalga, which has potential applications for future biofuel production and cancer research. 

February 17, 2022 Tags: Benning lab
Christoph Benning elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors Christoph Benning elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors

Christoph Benning, director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), was elected a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is among 83 academic inventors to be elected to the group in 2022.

February 11, 2022 Tags: awards, Benning lab
Research Assistant Professor Sean Weise accepts new position with the MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Assistant Professor Sean Weise accepts new position with the MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Sean Weise, research assistant professor in the Sharkey lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), is moving to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to build and teach a new undergraduate class.

February 3, 2022 Tags: Weise, Sharkey lab
Making plants more productive [LINK] Making plants more productive [LINK]

It’s estimated that by 2050, the global population could reach 9 billion. With limited natural resources, feeding, clothing and providing materials to support that many people will be challenging. In Federica Brandizzi’s lab at Michigan State University, she and her colleagues are finding ways to make plants part of the solution.

January 26, 2022 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Postdoc James Santiago accepts new job at Soli Organic Postdoc James Santiago accepts new job at Soli Organic

James Santiago, postdoc in the Sharkey lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) has accepted a new position as a R&D plant physiologist at Soli Organic, a culinary herb company based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

January 24, 2022 Tags: Sharkey lab
Plants get stressed too. We're looking at thousands of genes to understand how they manage it. Plants get stressed too. We're looking at thousands of genes to understand how they manage it.

MSU scientists have developed a new gene discovery method that is helping them to understand how plants recover from stressful situations in their environments.

January 12, 2022 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Jianping Hu accepts leadership position as new director of MPS [LINK] Jianping Hu accepts leadership position as new director of MPS [LINK]

Professor Jianping Hu has been appointed as the new director of the Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) Graduate Program at Michigan State University.

January 11, 2022 Tags: Hu lab
How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) shows how some algae can protect themselves when the oxygen they produce impairs their photosynthetic activity. The discovery also answers a long-standing question about how algae survive when CO2 levels are low.

December 22, 2021 Tags: Kramer lab
Photosynthesis and oxygen overload: A discussion of new research from the Kramer lab [LINK] Photosynthesis and oxygen overload: A discussion of new research from the Kramer lab [LINK]

A structure that helps algae photosynthesize when carbon dioxide levels are low may also play a role during hyperoxia conditions.

December 22, 2021 Tags: fundamental research, Kramer lab
New limitations to photosynthesis discovered by observing plants in the real world New limitations to photosynthesis discovered by observing plants in the real world

Using innovative methodologies that combine biology and statistics, researchers from the Kramer lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) observe the ways plants respond to their natural environments.

December 15, 2021 Tags: Kanazawa, Kramer lab
Christoph Benning and Gregg Howe recognized among the world's most highly cited researchers [LINK] Christoph Benning and Gregg Howe recognized among the world's most highly cited researchers [LINK]

Three Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) researchers are among nine MSU faculty members recognized in the 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics.

December 14, 2021 Tags: Howe lab, Benning lab
Jingcheng Huang receives 2021 Kende Award Jingcheng Huang receives 2021 Kende Award

Jingcheng Huang is the 2021 recipient of the Kende Award, which acknowledges the best doctoral dissertation in plant sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) over the last two years.

December 8, 2021
Scientists discover potential mechanism of ultra-rare blood clots linked to adenovirus COVID-19 vaccines [LINK] Scientists discover potential mechanism of ultra-rare blood clots linked to adenovirus COVID-19 vaccines [LINK]

An international team of scientists, including Michigan State University researchers, believe they may have found a molecular mechanism behind the extremely rare blood clots linked to adenovirus COVID-19 vaccines.

December 7, 2021 Tags: Vermaas lab
Photon to plate: How increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of potatoes could lead to a greener future Photon to plate: How increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of potatoes could lead to a greener future

Improving the photosynthetic power-plants in crops could mean using less fossil fuel derived energy supplements in crop cultivation and lead to a second Green Revolution, a new life-cycle assessment (LCA) from the Walker lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), finds.

December 3, 2021 Tags: Walker lab
Christoph Benning and Gregg Howe among MSU researchers recognized in '2021 Highly Cited' list [LINK] Christoph Benning and Gregg Howe among MSU researchers recognized in '2021 Highly Cited' list [LINK]

Eleven Michigan State University researchers have been recognized in the 2021 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

November 16, 2021 Tags: Howe lab, Benning lab
PRL community celebrates research at 2021 retreat event PRL community celebrates research at 2021 retreat event

For the first time in two years, the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) community gathered to share the exciting research  conducted by the different groups at the 2021 PRL Retreat.

November 2, 2021
CURE at MSU: Bringing the laboratory experience to undergraduate classrooms CURE at MSU: Bringing the laboratory experience to undergraduate classrooms

Researchers are integrating their work into undergraduate cell and molecular biology laboratory courses at Michigan State University through the use of Arabidopsis mutant screenings.

October 20, 2021 Tags: Benning lab
Berkley Walker Q&A on job market trends for recent grads [LINK] Berkley Walker Q&A on job market trends for recent grads [LINK]

Berkley Walker was part of a panel of experts discussing what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate.

October 15, 2021 Tags: Walker lab

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MSU's Jianping Hu receives NSF grant to shed light on plant growth, reproduction MSU's Jianping Hu receives NSF grant to shed light on plant growth, reproduction

Jianping Hu, professor at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) and the Department of Plant Biology, received a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the motility of cellular energy organelles, peroxisomes and mitochondria in particular, along the cytoskeleton in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation

As our planet’s climate continues to be unpredictable, understanding how plants respond to adverse environmental conditions becomes essential. Improving crop productivity will be vital to feed the nine billion people estimated to be alive in 2050.

2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Grad student Philip Engelgau and postdoc Peipei Wang have been awarded the 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 25, 2022. This year’s lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Govindjee from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.