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

Friday, September 25, 2020
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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
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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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Plants Control Microbiome Diversity Inside Leaves To Promote Health

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In a new study, published in the journal Nature, Michigan State University scientists show how plant genes select which microbes get to live inside their leaves in order…

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MSU Scientists Put The Heat On Microbes

Monday, March 23, 2020
rocks in a river

Hurricanes, floods, drought and fire. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent as the climate changes and can destroy entire landscapes — both visible and invisible. Like humans,…

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Outsmarting Antibiotic Resistance

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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We live in a critical time when bacteria have demonstrated an ability to develop resistance to every known antibiotic, and new antibiotic development has been nearly nonexistent for…

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Shaping the Future: Microbiologists Career Inspired by Influential Teacher

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kayla Conner in the lab

A Michigan State University scientist is determined to increase the number of women and girls going into STEM fields. Kayla Conner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of…

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Montgomery Recognized as One of the 100 Most Inspiring Black Scientists in America

Monday, February 17, 2020
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Beronda Montgomery, MSU Foundation Professor, was listed as one of the 100 inspiring black scientists in America by CrossTalk, the official blog of Cell Press, a leading publisher of cutting-edge…

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From GED to Ph.D.: Spartan Researcher Achieves Success

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Nkrumah Grant is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He’s part of Michigan State University’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training, an experimental program dedicated to…

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Understanding Microbiome Resilience on a Changing Planet

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dr. Ashley Shade received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Microbiology Doctoral Training Program in 2010, and afterwards was a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation postdoctoral fellow…

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