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PhD student, Aiko Turmo, awarded prestigious NSF fellowship

The fellowship is the oldest of its kind in the nation. Aiko will benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, and opportunities for career development.

When lipids meet hormones: plants' answer to complex stresses

How plants harvest their own chloroplasts - photosynthesis machines that make their food - to help defend against outside threats.

Yang Yang, PRL post-doc, starts science editor position at Wiley Beijing

Yang Yang, a former post-doc in the lab of Christoph Benning, has started a science editor position at the Wiley Beijing office. Wiley is a global company that specializes in academic publishing. 

Benning lab students win at 2018 ASPB Midwest Meeting

Nick Fekaris and Tomomi Takeuchi, from the Benning lab, have won for presenting their research at the 2018 Annual Meeting - Midwestern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Anna Hurlock, recent PhD graduate, joins biotech company BioFire Diagnostics

Hurlock, formerly in the lab of Christoph Benning, joins the Utah-based biotech company as a Clinical Affairs Scientist.

Faculty Voice - Christoph Benning: Facilitating Collaborations

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Director reflects on his experience of fruitful multi-lab projects at MSU.

Beronda Montgomery elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Beronda Montgomery has been elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Growing a garden in space

Scientists are studying how plants adapt to space environments. The NASA funded research aims to help us grow fresh produce beyond the planet Earth.

Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award

The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU from the previous two years.

MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition

MSU’s second-ever iGEM team earned a Silver Medal for a new technology that can detect dangerous contaminants in the environment.

Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers

Their research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in their fields during the year of publication. He and Howe have made the list three years in a row.

Grad student Isaac Osei-Bonsu wins conference award

The Department of Plant Biology student won for his poster presentation on research to improve photosynthetic performance in heat-sensitive cowpea crops.

PhotosynQ education focus: Sonya Lawrence [LINK]

This post highlights how the Instructor in the Biological Sciences Program at MSU has been incorporating PhotosynQ into her courses since 2014.

Han Bao wins Gordon Research Conference award

Her poster showcased a newly discovered family of light-sensitive proteins of interest for renewable energy and medical applications.

Xiufang Xin starts PI position at the Chinese Academy of Sciences [LINK]

The former He lab post-doc joins the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology. She studies plant-microbe interactions and how plants control a healthy microbiome.

Taylor Weiss to join Arizona State University in August

Taylor will be Assistant Professor in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, researching the design of artificial and synthetic algae-bacteria consortia for scaled production of bioproducts.

Anso Bohrer: reflecting on Fascination of Plants day [LINK]

The postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University reflects on coordinating MSU's first Fascination of Plants Day.

Thomas Sharkey joins the PRL

The MSU Distinguished Professor studies the biochemistry and biophysics that determine the exchange of gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere.

2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Clement Aussignargues and Joshua MacCready have won the 2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award.

Getting first prize at the UURAF: Our 3 winners tell us how

We interview Hope, Michael, and Cassie to find out what drew them to science, what makes them tick, and why they think they did well at the UURAF.