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Local News Interviews Contag, Tours New Bio Engineering Facility

WNLS story on the Bio Engineering Building

Lansing, Mich., television station WNLS-6 recently interviewed Chris Contag, the inaugural director of Michigan State University’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department…

Latest Research

The raw material enters the mini-factory. It is processed first by a "signature enzyme," in this case, the GRE. Source: Clement Aussignargues, Kerfeld lab

Unpacking a New Bacterial Mini-Factory

Monday, May 22, 2017

Many bacteria contain microcompartments that function like mini-factories, efficiently processing compounds for diverse purposes. For example, they sequester toxic intermediates in organisms like the notorious Salmonella and Escherichia;…

Jianping Hu

Plant Proteins Found to Control Development

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Jianping Hu and her lab have identified a new protein that helps with the division and proliferation of little cellular factories, called peroxisomes. The study is published…

Plants’ Defenses Reveal Capacity to Fight Disease

Thursday, May 18, 2017

André Velásquez, research associate in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and colleague Matt Oney wanted to find out how many types of defenses a plant could muster against…

Sang-Jin Kim (center). By Harley J Seeley

Improving Plants by Increasing Biomass, Starting from Seeds

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sang-Jin Kim, assistant professor in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and his colleagues in the Brandizzi lab want to make plants more productive and resilient in the face of…

Solving Big Problems in Agriculture and Energy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michigan State University plant researcher David Kramer has his sights set on making a measurable impact on food security and renewable energy for the future. He and his…

Butterfly Survival Impacted by Migratory Environments

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Every winter, trees on high mountains in a small area northwest of Mexico City turn orange. Close inspection reveals branches filled with brilliantly colorful monarch butterflies, rather than…