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How ‘Iron Man’ Bacteria Could Help Protect the Environment

Friday, January 8, 2021

When Michigan State University’s Gemma Reguera first proposed her new research project to the National Science Foundation, one grant reviewer responded that the idea was not “environmentally relevant.”…

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MSU Foundation Professor Selected as Science Defender by Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
College of Natural Science

Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery, an MSU Foundation Professor, was one of five individuals nominated by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a 2020 Science Defender. Montgomery, who holds…

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Our Immune System And COVID-19

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Women adjusting her face mask while wearing pull PPE.

One of the keys to combating COVID-19 and the flu is to understand how our immune system responds to different viruses. Yasser Aldhamen, assistant professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics,…

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Using Probiotics Tto Treat Bone Loss

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Tray of white test tubes.

Dr. Laura McCabe has a better solution than drinking milk to get strong bones. McCabe, a professor in the Department of Physiology at Michigan State University, studies the…

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Awakening Immune Forces To Fight Virus-Driven Cancer

Monday, November 9, 2020
colorful fluorescence microscopy image of tumor environment

As scientists continue technological advances into the largely unexplored genomic terrain of bacteria and viruses, our understanding of how they operate inside cells increases dramatically, delivering better answers…

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Putting MSU On The “Geopath” To Diversity In The Earth Sciences

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Image of Tourists taking in Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland, Canada where geoscientist Matt Schrenk conducts research.

With support from a two-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation GeoPAths grant, Matt Schrenk, assistant professor, and Julie Libarkin, professor, both from MSU’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) in the College of Natural…

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Scientists Focus On Fundamental Virology And Therapeutics In Covid-19 Fight

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Corona virus

Two Michigan State University scientists—Yong-Hui Zheng and Dohun Pyeon—are leading fundamental COVID-19 research at MSU. “In our lab, we are working on the fundamental biology of the virus,” said Zheng,…

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NSF Funded Research To Track Microorganisms In Michigan’s Subsurface Superhighways

Friday, September 25, 2020
Aerial view of fields and roads

With more than 11,000 lakes, including four of the Great Lakes, Michigan is rightly known as the water state. But there’s more water, and more to water, in Michigan than…

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MSU Researcher Earns Grant To Study Effects Of Droughts

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
field impacted by drought with no life

Michigan State University biologist Sarah Evans has received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology to study the effect that droughts have on…

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Spartan Discusses Simulated Deep-Space Mission for NASA

Friday, April 10, 2020

Osama Alian is a doctoral candidate in MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics who studies the origins of life from the depths of the ocean to deep space. Recently, he…

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