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Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation

As our planet’s climate continues to be unpredictable, understanding how plants respond to adverse environmental conditions becomes essential. Improving crop productivity will be vital to feed the nine billion people estimated to be alive in 2050.

May 16, 2022 Tags: fundamental research, Brandizzi lab
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
Beronda Montgomery and Berkley Walker recognized with American Society of Plant Biologists awards [LINK] Beronda Montgomery and Berkley Walker recognized with American Society of Plant Biologists awards [LINK]

Beronda Montgomery received the Adolph E. Gude Jr. Award, which honors the Gude Family, who made possible establishment of the Gude Plant Science Center. Berkley Walker received the Robert Rabson Award, which recognizes postdoctoral scholars and faculty-level early career scientists who have made excellent contributions in the area of bioenergy research.

May 10, 2022 Tags: Walker lab, Montgomery lab, awards
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
2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Grad student Philip Engelgau and postdoc Peipei Wang have been awarded the 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 25, 2022. This year’s lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Govindjee from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

May 2, 2022 Tags: awards
Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK] Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK]

Spartan research in the lab of Cheryl Kerfeld could lead to efficient, low-cost chemical reactions for valuable products with help from teensy compartments made by bacteria.

April 27, 2022 Tags: fundamental research, Kerfeld 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
Cutting down on one 'super fat' could help plants survive climate change [LINK] Cutting down on one 'super fat' could help plants survive climate change [LINK]

Spartans in the Kramer lab discover how a plant biochemical could lead to novel approaches for growing crops that are more resilient to fluctuating temperatures.

April 12, 2022 Tags: fundamental research, Kramer 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
Research Assistant Starla Zemelis-Durfee accepts new position with Thermo Fisher Scientific Research Assistant Starla Zemelis-Durfee accepts new position with Thermo Fisher Scientific

Starla Zemelis-Durfee, research assistant/supervisor from the Brandizzi lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), has accepted a new position as a sales representative for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

March 24, 2022 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Tom Sharkey: A 'pilot light' for photosynthesis [LINK] Tom Sharkey: A 'pilot light' for photosynthesis [LINK]

Spartan researchers reveal processes that keep a plant’s energy balance in check during changing conditions, which could lead to more efficient crops.

March 8, 2022 Tags: Sharkey lab
Unboxing of cyanobacterial features: A step toward understanding the dynamics of source/sink in photosynthesis microbes Unboxing of cyanobacterial features: A step toward understanding the dynamics of source/sink in photosynthesis microbes

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) brings fresh insight on the source/sink balance of cyanobacteria and paves the way for further advancements in photosynthetic microbes for potential applications.

March 2, 2022 Tags: Ducat lab
Thomas D. Sharkey named Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists Thomas D. Sharkey named Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists

University Distinguished Professor Thomas D. Sharkey was named a Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), a recognition given to leaders in the society, especially those who have been involved in training graduate students, postdocs and visiting professors.

February 28, 2022 Tags: awards, Sharkey lab
MSU's Beronda Montgomery named an ASBMB Fellow [LINK] MSU's Beronda Montgomery named an ASBMB Fellow [LINK]

Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery is the recipient of a 2022 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Fellow Award.

February 25, 2022 Tags: Montgomery lab
Gregg Howe: Spartan research addresses 5 big climate change questions [LINK] Gregg Howe: Spartan research addresses 5 big climate change questions [LINK]

As the planet experiences the effects of climate change, questions arise about the future of our planet and daily life in general. Many of the major challenges related to a changing climate and their impact on society have Michigan State University Spartans working on solutions.

February 23, 2022 Tags: Howe lab
Flip the switch: Looking at how algae activate cell cycles Flip the switch: Looking at how algae activate cell cycles

Researchers from the Benning lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory have been looking into the signals for activating different states of the cell cycle in microalga, which has potential applications for future biofuel production and cancer research. 

February 17, 2022 Tags: Benning lab
Christoph Benning elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors Christoph Benning elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors

Christoph Benning, director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), was elected a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is among 83 academic inventors to be elected to the group in 2022.

February 11, 2022 Tags: awards, Benning lab
Research Assistant Professor Sean Weise accepts new position with the MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Assistant Professor Sean Weise accepts new position with the MSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Sean Weise, research assistant professor in the Sharkey lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), is moving to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to build and teach a new undergraduate class.

February 3, 2022 Tags: Weise, Sharkey lab

Top Stories

Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation

As our planet’s climate continues to be unpredictable, understanding how plants respond to adverse environmental conditions becomes essential. Improving crop productivity will be vital to feed the nine billion people estimated to be alive in 2050.

2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Grad student Philip Engelgau and postdoc Peipei Wang have been awarded the 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 25, 2022. This year’s lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Govindjee from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK] Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK]

Spartan research in the lab of Cheryl Kerfeld could lead to efficient, low-cost chemical reactions for valuable products with help from teensy compartments made by bacteria.