All Research Projects

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory gathers scientists with varied areas of expertise to tackle key problems too large to study in single, isolated labs. The projects address some of today's most challenging scientific questions, with implications for renewables, food sustainability, and medical and industrial technologies.

Explore all our research areas and technological innovations, below. Keeping in mind the lines between areas is fluid, on hover, a green background indicates an applied focus and a red background a fundamental research focus.


Photosynthesis in real environments
Photosynthesis in real environments

Drought. Frost. Clouds. Photosynthesis has to adapt to ever-changing conditions. We study photosynthesis under realistic conditions so we someday can improve it.

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The Biological Solar Panel
The Biological Solar Panel

We want to holistically understand photosynthetic processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and develop models that describe these interactions.

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Engineering biological modules
Engineering biological modules

We seek to understand the fundamentals energy capture and conversion in cyanobacteria and apply that knowledge to engineer improvements in productivity.

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CAAPP
CAAPP

The Center for Advanced Algal and Plant Phenotyping aims to improve photosynthetic productivity in rapidly changing environments with new technologies.

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