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Virus Researcher Awarded Burroughs Wellcome PATH Grant

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Doing the ‘Samba’: MSU awarded first PATH grant

Kristin Parent, a Michigan State University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or BMB, assistant professor and J.K. Billman, Jr. M.D. Endowed Research Professor, received a 2019 Burroughs Wellcome…

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A New Way to ‘Hoard’ Resources in Nano-sized Factories Targeted for Biotech

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to new medical, industrial, or…

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Altering How Cyanobacteria Capture Light from the Sun Can Impact their Health

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Altering how cyanobacteria capture light from the sun can impact their health

Scientists have delved further into how cyanobacteria, one of the planet’s most abundant organisms, manage how they capture light to do photosynthesis. At the center of it all…

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Six MSU Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF Early CAREER Awards

Thursday, May 23, 2019
NSF CAREER Awardees

Six Michigan State University College of Natural Science, or NatSci, researchers are recipients of 2019 National Science Foundation, or NSF, Early CAREER Faculty Awards. The CAREER Award is one…

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A New Rhomboid-like Protein that Helps Plants Produce Lipids

Monday, May 13, 2019
A new rhomboid-like protein that helps plants produce lipids

The Benning lab has identified a rhomboid-like protein that may help plant chloroplasts tune their lipid production. The study is published in The Plant Journal.  Lipids are molecules…

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MPS Doctoral Student Emily Lanier Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowship

Friday, May 10, 2019
MPS doctoral student Emily Lanier awarded prestigious NSF fellowship

Emily Lanier, a Ph.D. student in the Molecular Plant Sciences Program (MPS) is a recipient of the 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The program, one of…

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Successful Faculty Hiring Initiative Poised to Make a Global Impact

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Successful Faculty Hiring Initiative Poised to Make a Global Impact

Launched in 2015, the Global Impact Initiative or “GI2” set out to hire 100 faculty investigators in promising new areas of research. To date, 85 new faculty at…

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Simpler & Smaller: A New Synthetic Nanofactory Inspired by Nature

Monday, April 29, 2019
Simpler & smaller: a new synthetic nanofactory inspired by nature

Bacteria across our planet contain nanometer-sized factories that do many different things. Some make nutrients, others isolate toxic materials that could harm the bacteria. We have barely scratched…

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Anastasiya Lavell Wins BMB Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Monday, April 22, 2019
Anastasiya Lavell Wins BMB Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Anastasiya Lavell, a graduate student in the Benning lab, has won the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Anastasiya was among the…

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Our First Look at a New Light Absorbing Protein in Cyanobacteria

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria are tiny, hardy organisms. Each cell is 25 times smaller than a human hair, but don’t let the size fool you. Their collective ability to do photosynthesis…

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