Three faculty named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers
Three MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) researchers have been recognized in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.
Each year, the Web of Science Group identifies the world’s most influential researchers. The list includes those who have been most cited by peers over the past decade. According to the report, “in 2019, fewer than 6,300, or 0.1%, of the world's researchers, across 21 research fields, have earned this exclusive distinction.”
The three faculty members are:
Christoph Benning, whose research addresses lipid metabolism in plants and algae. This is his maiden appearance on the list.
Sheng Yang He, who researches plant–pathogen interactions, with an increasing focus on how climate conditions and plant microbiome impact such interactions. He has earned the distinction for six years in a row.
Gregg Howe, also appearing on the list for six years in a row. His research addresses the molecular and chemical basis of plant defense against insects.
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.
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.
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.