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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
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

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.