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Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK] Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK]

Spartan research in the lab of Cheryl Kerfeld could lead to efficient, low-cost chemical reactions for valuable products with help from teensy compartments made by bacteria.

April 27, 2022 Tags: fundamental research, Kerfeld lab
PRL Graduate Students Duncan Boren and Josh Temple chosen for 2022 NRT-IMPACTS Fellowship cohort [LINK] PRL Graduate Students Duncan Boren and Josh Temple chosen for 2022 NRT-IMPACTS Fellowship cohort [LINK]

IMPACTS - Integrated training Model in Plant And Compu-Tational Sciences – is a program funded by the National Science Foundation designed to train doctoral students in advanced computational/data science approaches that can be applied to the field of plant biology. The program provides mentorship and funding to the students selected.

April 25, 2022 Tags: Kramer lab, Vermaas lab, future scientists
PRL undergrads Jessica Egleston, Jaylynn Jones and Drew Mitchell receive first-place honors at 2022 UURAF [LINK] PRL undergrads Jessica Egleston, Jaylynn Jones and Drew Mitchell receive first-place honors at 2022 UURAF [LINK]

The annual forum provides students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring, the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, staff, peers and external audiences and receive constructive feedback from judges.

April 22, 2022 Tags: future scientists, awards, Vermaas lab, Ducat lab, Benning lab
Postdoc María Santos Merino awarded the Clarence Suelter Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship Postdoc María Santos Merino awarded the Clarence Suelter Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship

María Santos Merino, postdoctoral researcher from the Ducat lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), is the first to be awarded the Clarence Suelter Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB).

April 18, 2022 Tags: awards, Ducat lab
Cutting down on one 'super fat' could help plants survive climate change [LINK] Cutting down on one 'super fat' could help plants survive climate change [LINK]

Spartans in the Kramer lab discover how a plant biochemical could lead to novel approaches for growing crops that are more resilient to fluctuating temperatures.

April 12, 2022 Tags: fundamental research, Kramer lab
Laboratory Technician Heather Roney takes next steps as an early-career scientist Laboratory Technician Heather Roney takes next steps as an early-career scientist

Encouraging kids  to be future scientists is an outreach effort Heather Roney takes seriously. As an early-career scientist, she has looked for opportunities for outreach and ways to widely communicate the research within her field. 

March 30, 2022 Tags: future scientists, awards, Walker lab
Research Assistant Starla Zemelis-Durfee accepts new position with Thermo Fisher Scientific Research Assistant Starla Zemelis-Durfee accepts new position with Thermo Fisher Scientific

Starla Zemelis-Durfee, research assistant/supervisor from the Brandizzi lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), has accepted a new position as a sales representative for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

March 24, 2022 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Tom Sharkey: A 'pilot light' for photosynthesis [LINK] Tom Sharkey: A 'pilot light' for photosynthesis [LINK]

Spartan researchers reveal processes that keep a plant’s energy balance in check during changing conditions, which could lead to more efficient crops.

March 8, 2022 Tags: Sharkey lab
Unboxing of cyanobacterial features: A step toward understanding the dynamics of source/sink in photosynthesis microbes Unboxing of cyanobacterial features: A step toward understanding the dynamics of source/sink in photosynthesis microbes

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) brings fresh insight on the source/sink balance of cyanobacteria and paves the way for further advancements in photosynthetic microbes for potential applications.

March 2, 2022 Tags: Ducat lab
Thomas D. Sharkey named Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists Thomas D. Sharkey named Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists

University Distinguished Professor Thomas D. Sharkey was named a Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), a recognition given to leaders in the society, especially those who have been involved in training graduate students, postdocs and visiting professors.

February 28, 2022 Tags: awards, Sharkey lab
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

Top Stories

Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break

By explaining a photosynthetic peculiarity in switchgrass, MSU researchers from the Walker lab may have unlocked even more of the plant’s potential.

Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator

Researchers from the Vermaas lab created a more efficient tool to solve the problem of ring piercings in molecular simulations. This work is published in Biomolecules.

From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science

Complicated sets of biological data can be challenging to extrapolate meaningful information from. Wanting to find a better way to look at this data led Berkley Walker, assistant professor at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, to team up with statistician and Assistant Professor Chih-Li Sung from the Department of Statistics and Probability.