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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
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

November 15, 2022 Tags: awards, Benning lab
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
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.

October 5, 2022 Tags: Schmollinger, Strenkert 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: Graduate student Bianca Serda PRL Perspectives: Graduate student Bianca Serda

Bianca Serda is a second-year graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences programs here at Michigan State University. "I have learned that there are many resources available to help move my research forward, all I need to do is ask what is available for me and somehow, I find what I need."

September 21, 2022 Tags: PRL Perspectives, Sharkey lab
MPS Seminars return for 2022/2023 Academic year MPS Seminars return for 2022/2023 Academic year

Join the Molecular Plant Sciences program Fall and Spring semester for the Monday seminar series.

September 12, 2022
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.

September 8, 2022 Tags: Walker lab, awards
MSU researchers from the Kerfeld lab help reveal a 'blueprint' for photosynthesis [LINK] MSU researchers from the Kerfeld lab help reveal a 'blueprint' for photosynthesis [LINK]

New findings in microbes called cyanobacteria present new opportunities for plant science, bioengineering and environmental protection.

August 31, 2022 Tags: Kerfeld lab
Brandizzi lab: Michigan State science is returning to space with NASA [LINK] Brandizzi lab: Michigan State science is returning to space with NASA [LINK]

The Brandizzi Lab at MSU is sending seeds to space aboard NASA’s Artemis I mission to explore how humanity can sustain itself outside of Earth

August 23, 2022 Tags: Brandizzi 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
Vermaas lab: Huntingtin's new interaction site: a tale of DNAJB1 and HTT's proline-rich domain [LINK] Vermaas lab: Huntingtin's new interaction site: a tale of DNAJB1 and HTT's proline-rich domain [LINK]

New research from the Vermaas lab with the objective to determine how molecular chaperones may regulate amyloid fibril formation, potentially by interacting with the N17 or PRD regions within HTTExon1.

August 10, 2022 Tags: Vermaas 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
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.

July 29, 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
Tom Sharkey: Michigan State gets $53 million in one-time funding from state for greenhouses, dairy cattle operations [LINK] Tom Sharkey: Michigan State gets $53 million in one-time funding from state for greenhouses, dairy cattle operations [LINK]

The newest state budget includes more than $300 million in funding for Michigan State University, with more than $50 million supporting MSU agriculture improvements.

July 17, 2022 Tags: Sharkey lab
Tom Sharkey in photos: Michigan State's Plant Science Greenhouses and Dairy Cattle Center in East Lansing [LINK] Tom Sharkey in photos: Michigan State's Plant Science Greenhouses and Dairy Cattle Center in East Lansing [LINK]

Tom Sharkey shows the Lansing State Journal around MSU's Plant Science Greenhouses. Michigan's budget included $72 million in one-time earmark money to help upgrade the facility.

July 15, 2022 Tags: Sharkey lab
Plant cell wall research is shared at 2022 international conference Plant cell wall research is shared at 2022 international conference

In June 2022, plant cell wall researchers from around the world were able to meet in person for the first time in three years at the 9th International Cell Wall Research Conference in East Lansing, Michigan.

July 11, 2022 Tags: outreach, Brandizzi 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.