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Berkley Walker joins PRL faculty

We are pleased to announce that Berkley Walker has joined the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory as a new faculty member.

Berkley is a broadly-trained biochemist and biologist who focuses on resolving photosynthetic fluxes from cellular to canopy scales.

“With increasing population, and accompanying changes in consumption and climate, it is vital to understand how photosynthesis will respond to these greater challenges and explore opportunities to hack it to produce more food, fuel and fiber more sustainably,” Berkley adds.

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Dr. Berkley Walker

Research in his lab will focus on resolving the biochemical, cellular and canopy-level mechanisms that determine photosynthetic fluxes of carbon and oxygen with the end goal to better model plant response to climate change and engineer more efficient crops.

“The PRL and MSU have a rich tradition in laying bare the secret lives of plants. I hope to continue that tradition while enjoying the wonderful state of Michigan with my family,” Berkley says.

Berkley received his PhD from Washington State University. He was a post-doc at University of Illinois/USDA-ARS and was most recently a von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“I am delighted that Berkley Walker joins the PRL and Plant Biology faculty. He is bringing new expertise towards the study of photosynthesis in plants, complementary to that already existing at MSU,” says Christoph Benning, PRL director. “On behalf of the PRL and the plant science community at MSU, I like to extend our warmest welcome to him and his family.”

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