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Modifying a bacterial microcompartment shell proteins to bind metal ions for electron transfer with electrodes

The Kerfeld lab has engineered a bacterial shell protein to incorporate copper for electron transfer activity. Harnessing natural biological processes to synthesize new materials is key for developing future functional bioreactors and biomaterials.

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Cheryl Kerfeld named AAAS Fellow

The honor, bestowed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognizes members for extraordinary achievements in advancing science.

Tags: awards, Kerfeld lab By By Aliyah Kovner (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Igor Houwat
Unlikely gathering of scientists generates extraordinary research team, idea - the fat free cell

Cheryl Kerfeld will lead a team of five research groups in a $3.4 million NSF Understanding the Rules of Life grant to engineer a synthetic cell. The aim is to tackle two key science and engineering research areas: building a synthetic cell and epigenetics.

Tags: awards, Kerfeld lab By By Sarah Zwickle, writer, NatSci Communications
Identifying a cyanobacterial gene family that helps control photosynthesis

The new gene family helps control carbon dioxide fixation, which is the first step towards making high-energy molecules that feed the planet's organisms. 

Tags: fundamental research, Lechno-Yossef, Kerfeld lab By By Igor Houwat, Sigal Lechno-Yossef
[VIDEO] A new way to 'hoard' resources in nano-sized factories targeted for biotech

'Hoarding' resources in the same location encourages more efficient chemical reactions. Someday, we could use this system to enhance the production of rubber, biofuels, and other commodities.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Bryan Ferlez
Simpler & smaller: a new synthetic nanofactory inspired by nature

The genetically engineered shell is based on natural structures and the principles of protein evolution. Scientists see such structures as a source of new industrial or medical technologies.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research By By Igor Houwat, Bryan Ferlez, Sean McGuire; Banner image of synthetic shell by Markus Sutter
Our first look at a new light absorbing protein in cyanobacteria

The HCP2 protein is an ancestor of proteins that are known to protect against damage caused by excess light exposure. The study is the first of its kind to structurally and biophysically analyze a protein from the recently discovered HCP family.

Tags: fundamental research, Kerfeld lab By By Igor Houwat, Maria Agustina Dominguez-Martin
Two PRL grad students advocate for science on Capitol Hill

Our students were part of a MSU team that met with staff at the offices of Senator Peters, Senator Stabenow, Representative Slotkin and four other representatives to advocate for science funding.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, Montgomery lab, future scientists By By David Arnosti, Val Osowski, Igor Houwat
[LINK] Cheryl Kerfeld: Inspired by nature

Cheryl Kerfeld is the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory.

Tags: Kerfeld lab By By Cheryl Kerfeld, Igor Houwat
New ways to control bacterial factories for future biotech uses

The new methods let scientists assemble the factories on demand and insert custom molecules inside them for further processing. The aim is to eventually design sustainable medical, industrial, or energy applications.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Andrew Hagen, Jeff Plegaria, Bryan Ferlez

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