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Donghee Hoh receives the 2022 Kende award Donghee Hoh receives the 2022 Kende award

Donghee Hoh is the 2022 recipient of the Kende Award, which acknowledges the best doctoral dissertation in plant sciences at Michigan State University over the last two years

December 22, 2022 Tags: awards, Kramer lab
PRL Perspectives: Postdoctoral researcher Daipayan Sarkar PRL Perspectives: Postdoctoral researcher Daipayan Sarkar

Daipayan Sarkar is a postdoctoral researcher from the Vermaas lab, where his research focus is on fundamental aspects of photosynthesis and its widespread application in sustainability research.

November 22, 2022 Tags: Vermaas lab, PRL Perspectives
DOE-BER grant seeks new imaging approaches to observe plant-microbe interactions DOE-BER grant seeks new imaging approaches to observe plant-microbe interactions

Michigan State University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University, are working to build new microscopes that allow scientists to peer into plant cells like never before.

November 8, 2022 Tags: awards, Brandizzi lab
PRL Perspectives: Undergraduate research assistant İlayda Korkmaz PRL Perspectives: Undergraduate research assistant İlayda Korkmaz

İlayda Korkmaz is an undergraduate student in the Benning Lab who is majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as Political Science. She is interested in energy and enzymes. In her free time, she likes to read, paint and watch movies.

October 19, 2022 Tags: PRL Perspectives, Benning lab
Former graduate student Abhijnan Chattopadhyay accepts postdoc position with the National Institutes of Health Former graduate student Abhijnan Chattopadhyay accepts postdoc position with the National Institutes of Health

Abhijnan Chattopadhyay, former graduate student in David Kramer’s lab, is headed to the National Institute of Health (NIH) at North Carolina Research Triangle Park for his postdoctoral fellowship.

September 28, 2022 Tags: future scientists, alumni, Kramer lab
PRL Perspectives: Undergraduate student Drew Mitchell PRL Perspectives: Undergraduate student Drew Mitchell

Drew Mitchell is a former undergraduate student in the Benning lab and Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. "If there is something I’m struggling to find, or a problem that’s giving me trouble, there’s always someone [at the PRL] who is willing to chat about it and help if they can."

August 16, 2022 Tags: Benning lab, PRL Perspectives
Graduate student Bianca Serda granted two travel awards for summer conferences Graduate student Bianca Serda granted two travel awards for summer conferences

Third-year graduate student Bianca Serda from the Sharkey lab attended two scientific conferences this summer: The Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere in June, and the American Society of Plant Biologists Plant Biology Conference in July.

August 10, 2022 Tags: awards, Sharkey lab
PsoR: How cyanobacteria change their colors PsoR: How cyanobacteria change their colors

Similar to how chameleons can change colors to blend into their surroundings, cyanobacteria can tune their coloring to better absorb light in different environments.

August 2, 2022 Tags: Montgomery lab
PRL Perspectives: Postdoctoral researcher Mauricio Tejera-Nieves PRL Perspectives: Postdoctoral researcher Mauricio Tejera-Nieves

Mauricio Tejera-Nieves is a postdoctoral researcher in the Walker lab and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. "Above all, I think the most valuable resource is its people, in my experience everyone is so knowledgeable and willing to collaborate."

July 20, 2022 Tags: PRL Perspectives, Walker lab
Yang-Tsung Lin: Advancing as an early-career scientist Yang-Tsung Lin: Advancing as an early-career scientist

Now with Ph.D. in hand, former MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) graduate student Yang-Tsung Lin is ready to continue his studies in algae as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Sabeeha Merchant’s lab at UC Berkeley, beginning in July 2022.

June 27, 2022 Tags: Benning lab
Sarathi Weraduwage accepts new position as assistant professor at Bishop's University Sarathi Weraduwage accepts new position as assistant professor at Bishop's University

Research Assistant Professor Sarathi Weraduwage from the Sharkey lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) has accepted a new position as a tenure-track assistant professor at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

June 7, 2022 Tags: Sharkey lab, Weraduwage
Postdoc María Santos Merino receives 2022 Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award [LINK] Postdoc María Santos Merino receives 2022 Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award [LINK]

The MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation annually award the Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award to two exceptional postdoctoral researchers for their contributions to MSU and the greater research community.

May 11, 2022 Tags: awards, Ducat lab
Undergraduate Drew Mitchell receives MMG Dietrich C. Bauer Scholarship Fund Undergraduate Drew Mitchell receives MMG Dietrich C. Bauer Scholarship Fund

Member of the Benning lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) Drew Mitchell is a recipient of the 2022 Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (MMG) Dietrich C. Bauer Scholarship Fund award. 

May 4, 2022 Tags: awards, future scientists, Froehlich, Benning 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
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
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
CURE at MSU: Bringing the laboratory experience to undergraduate classrooms CURE at MSU: Bringing the laboratory experience to undergraduate classrooms

Researchers are integrating their work into undergraduate cell and molecular biology laboratory courses at Michigan State University through the use of Arabidopsis mutant screenings.

October 20, 2021 Tags: Benning lab
Postdoc James Santiago receives PRI grant to study heat-sensitivity in tomato plants using emerging transcriptomics technology Postdoc James Santiago receives PRI grant to study heat-sensitivity in tomato plants using emerging transcriptomics technology

James Santiago, a postdoc in Tom Sharkey’s lab was awarded an internal grant of $88,000 from the PRI for research on heat-sensitivity in tomato anthers and pollen grains using single cell RNA-sequencing.

September 22, 2021 Tags: future scientists, Sharkey 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.