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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
Undergraduates Dayna Olson and Ian Santiago awarded funding for research projects Undergraduates Dayna Olson and Ian Santiago awarded funding for research projects

Two undergraduate students from Dr. Josh Vermaas’s lab have been awarded funding for their computational research this fall.

September 14, 2021 Tags: Vermaas lab
Yang Xu wins 2021 Carl Douglas Prize Yang Xu wins 2021 Carl Douglas Prize

The Prize recognizes postdoctoral researchers’, “outstanding contributions to plant biology, based on initiative and originality of the research, productivity, and leadership.” In addition, Dr. Xu, a member of the Benning lab, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Guelph in Canada.

June 10, 2021 Tags: awards, Benning lab
Kaylie Barton wins first prize at UURAF 2021 Kaylie Barton wins first prize at UURAF 2021

Kaylie Barton, a recently graduated undergraduate student in the lab of Federica Brandizzi, has won first prize at the 2021 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Kaylie was recognized for her poster presentation in the Plant Sciences category.

May 12, 2021 Tags: awards, Brandizzi lab
2021 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2021 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Evan Angelos and Hainan Zhao were recognized during a ceremony which took place online on Monday, April 19, 2021. The Anton Lang Memorial Fund was established in honor of the founding director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, who passed away in 1996.

May 3, 2021 Tags: Brandizzi lab, awards
Ph.D. student, Joanne Thomson, awarded NRT-IMPACTS fellowship Ph.D. student, Joanne Thomson, awarded NRT-IMPACTS fellowship

The NRT program at Michigan State University, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program, trains doctoral students in applying computational data science approaches to solving problems in plant biology.

March 23, 2021 Tags: future scientists, Brandizzi lab

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Inaugural EHS Laboratory Safety Awards recognizes NatSci laboratories Inaugural EHS Laboratory Safety Awards recognizes NatSci laboratories

Ten Michigan State University laboratories were acknowledged by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety as a part of their inaugural Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards this year.

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.

Plant Morphogenesis: How genes and their products interact and control a plant's response to light Plant Morphogenesis: How genes and their products interact and control a plant's response to light

Plant gene regulation dictates how plants grow under differing environmental conditions, and researchers from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory are looking at how different genes control light-dependent processes in Arabidopsis thaliana.