A slew of student awards in July
Li Zhang, a PhD student in the He lab, was awarded the 2016 Bessey Best Publication Award from the Plant Biology Graduate Committee for her work on plant defense against pathogens. The award is for grad students who have published a first-authored paper in the calendar year, based on research carried out primarily during graduate studies at MSU.
Adam Seroka, Alshae Logan, and Evan Angelos were each awarded The Plant Biotechnology Health and Sustainability Fellowship. This NIH funded program supports researchers interested in advancing plant science for the betterment of mankind, either by directly improving health and nutrition or by aiding in sustainable agricultural practices. Among the benefits of winning the award is an internship at an industry, non-governmental, or governmental institution. Current industry partners include Neogen, Syngenta, and Lucigen, among other big names. Go here for more program information.
Adam, from the He lab, is examining the regulatory mechanism underlying plant movement in response to biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) stimuli.
Alshae, from the Montgomery lab, is studying a recently discovered second messenger molecule, cyclic-di-AMP, which might play a central role in combating stress from osmosis, a stress that is becoming a common problem for cyanobacteria in their habitats.
Evan, from the Brandizzi lab, is collaborating with NASA scientists to see how plants respond to gravity changes and spaceflight. He will be launching mutant plants to the International Space Station on Space-X Flight 12 in June 2017 to understand why plants do not grow well in space. In other words… space plants!
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A new study delves into how algae manage cell division processes when they suffer from starvation. The finding has implications for biofuel technologies, given that algae have the potential to become a sustainable source of high value oils.
Kellie Walters and Bryan Ferlez were both recognized as scientists who exemplify the research excellence, ideas, dedication, and vision of former PRL director, Anton Lang.
MSU Foundation Professor, Beronda Montgomery, will bring her talents to the Office of Research & Innovation as interim assistant vice president. She joined the team in a half-time capacity effective Sept. 15, 2020.