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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
Gutter Ball 26: Erik Durfee claims second championship Gutter Ball 26: Erik Durfee claims second championship

Friday, June 3, 2022, the City Limits Bowling Center saw the RETURN of Gutter Ball 26! After a two-year hiatus, over 60 bowlers fought tooth and nail for the chance to win the prestigious title of “Gutter Ball 26 Champion.”

June 16, 2022 Tags: outreach
MSU's Jianping Hu receives NSF grant to shed light on plant growth, reproduction MSU's Jianping Hu receives NSF grant to shed light on plant growth, reproduction

Jianping Hu, professor at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) and the Department of Plant Biology, received a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the motility of cellular energy organelles, peroxisomes and mitochondria in particular, along the cytoskeleton in Arabidopsis thaliana.

June 15, 2022 Tags: awards, Hu 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
PRL's Gregg Howe selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar [LINK] PRL's Gregg Howe selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar [LINK]

Gregg Howe, an MSU College of Natural Science researcher internationally known for his work on plant resilience and how plants respond to insect attacks, will be heading to the University of Tsukuba in Japan as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year. Howe and his collaborators will apply cutting-edge genetic technologies to the development of crop plants that will contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security.

May 30, 2022 Tags: awards, Howe lab
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

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Benning lab receives NSF grant to bring research into the undergraduate classroom Benning lab receives NSF grant to bring research into the undergraduate classroom

Researchers from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Benning lab have received a $1,076,813 grant from the National Science Foundation to bring research into the undergraduate classroom setting with a project looking at how the chloroplast reacts to stress responses in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana

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.

PRL welcomes a new systems biology research group: Assistant Professor Daniela Strenkert and Research Assistant Professor Stefan Schmollinger PRL welcomes a new systems biology research group: Assistant Professor Daniela Strenkert and Research Assistant Professor Stefan Schmollinger

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory is excited to welcome two new members to its faculty body: Assistant Professor Daniela Strenkert, who has her academic appoint with the Department of Plant Biology, and Research Assistant Professor Stefan Schmollinger with an academic appointment with the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.