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Montgomery publishes on light harvesting efficiency Montgomery publishes on light harvesting efficiency

This fundamental photosynthesis research focuses on one cyanobacteria species in changing light environments. 

June 7, 2016 Tags: Montgomery lab, fundamental research
David Kramer featured on ExxonMobil algae biofuels article David Kramer featured on ExxonMobil algae biofuels article

The piece briefly explores the challenges behind scaling algae-based biofuels, as part of a recently started relationship between the Kramer Lab and ExxonMobil.

June 2, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions
Brandizzi Lab celebrates 10 years at MSU Brandizzi Lab celebrates 10 years at MSU

The lab researches critical plant production machinery that extends towards applications in such production areas as food, clothes, and precursors for biofuels.

May 31, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Brandizzi Lab awarded an NSF grant for corn research Brandizzi Lab awarded an NSF grant for corn research

The 3-year multi-institutional project will aim to study and improve how this important crop reacts to extreme environmental stressors such as heat, drought, or high salt content.

May 23, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab, awards
Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report

The two-minute short is part of a series showcasing MSU's abilities in anticipating global challenges. Kerfeld's lab focuses on green energy sources and commodities through the bioengineering of microbes.

May 17, 2016 Tags: Kerfeld lab
Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 3/3: Michael Das Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 3/3: Michael Das

PRL undergraduates had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place at the MSU Union on Friday, April 8. Part 3 of the series profiles Michael Das.

May 12, 2016 Tags: Howe lab, future scientists
David Kramer lands 2016 Kettering Award David Kramer lands 2016 Kettering Award

Kramer is the recipient of the prestigious American Society of Plant Biologists 2016 Charles F. Kettering Award for his research into photosynthesis.

May 10, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, awards
Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 2/3: Donna Liebelt Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 2/3: Donna Liebelt

PRL undergraduates had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place at the MSU Union on Friday, April 8. Part 2 of the series introduces Donna Liebelt.

May 6, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, awards, future scientists
PhotosynQ's first workshop a success PhotosynQ's first workshop a success

The Kramer Lab hosted its first PhotosynQ workshop on April 22, 2016, attended by university members and private companies. 

May 4, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ, outreach
Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 1/3: Hope Hersh Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 1/3: Hope Hersh

PRL undergrads had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place on Friday, April 8, even taking away a first prize for a poster presentation. We first profile Hope Hersh.

April 27, 2016 Tags: Benning lab, future scientists
Jin Chen to join University of Kentucky in July Jin Chen to join University of Kentucky in July

Jin Chen will join the University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Division of Biomedical Informatics as Associate Professor on July 1st, 2016.

April 25, 2016 Tags: alumni
PhotosynQ Video Featured On The Food Fix Website PhotosynQ Video Featured On The Food Fix Website

Greg Austic from the Kramer Lab gives a three-minute overview of the platform for one of its earliest supporters, MSU's own Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

April 20, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ
PRL Welcomes New Communications Coordinator PRL Welcomes New Communications Coordinator

Igor Houwat will keep the public updated on the latest happenings at the twelve resident labs.

April 13, 2016 Tags: outreach
2016 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced 2016 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Ian Major, Ph.D., and Li Zhang have each received the Anton Lang Memorial Award for cross-disciplinary research on plant defense. 

April 11, 2016 Tags: Howe lab, He lab, future scientists
A social network for plant science A social network for plant science

David Kramer’s lab is reminiscent of a start-up business, a convergence of diverse minds and skills with the same end goal — to improve plant science. 

December 2, 2015 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
MSU partners with ExxonMobil to advance biofuel research MSU partners with ExxonMobil to advance biofuel research

A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand fundmantal research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.

November 11, 2015 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions
Sheng-Yang He elected to National Academy of Sciences Sheng-Yang He elected to National Academy of Sciences

Sheng-Yang He has been selected as part of the 2015 National Academy of Sciences class.

April 30, 2015 Tags: He lab, awards

Top Stories

Josh Vermaas starts faculty position at PRL Josh Vermaas starts faculty position at PRL

Josh Vermaas, the newest addition to the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory faculty body, has begun his assistant professorship this month. Josh is a computational biophysicist whose research interests include developing computational models to better understand membrane processes and plant materials.

Learning what it takes to grow a space garden Learning what it takes to grow a space garden

With the support of NASA, the lab of Federica Brandizzi has been studying how plants survive in space conditions. A new study starts revealing how a plant system – which helps plants manage various types of Earthly stresses, such as extreme heat – might function in space.

[LINK] Two PRL faculty named 2020 Highly Cited Researchers [LINK] Two PRL faculty named 2020 Highly Cited Researchers

Christoph Benning and Gregg Howe are two of the four MSU College of Natural Science (CNS) researchers named Highly Cited Researchers, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. The linked article features both scientists.