We are a premiere research institute embedded at Michigan State University and funded by the US Department of Energy. Our mission is to discover how photosynthetic organisms work on the molecular level, in order to ultimately improve human lives.
What We Stand For
Many solutions for 21st century problems will come from photosynthetic organisms. We need to understand how their components work together and how they thrive in natural environments, so we can harness them for sustainable applications.
“PRL members are creative, intelligent, dedicated, healthy-living people at the forefront of plant science and synthetic biology.”
Eric Young, graduate student
What We Do
We focus on basic science of photosynthetic organisms, develop real-world applications, and provide a training ground for future scientists.
Basic research into the biology of plants, cyanobacteria, and algae. Projects include:
- Modeling plant photosynthesis in dynamic environments
- Plant resistance against pathogens, herbivores, and environmental stress
- Plant cell organization and metabolism
Innovative, ground-breaking applied research for the betterment of human lives:
- New technologies, used in over 26 countries, to diagnose plant health and performance
- Engineering bacteria for industrial and medical applications
- Green economy: biofuels and renewables through algae and microbial communities
We pride ourselves in providing graduate students and post-docs with:
- Quality research and education environment
- Strategic institutional goals that allow trainees to pursue well-defined research projects
- Freedom to pursue individual research interests
- Legacy of prominent and award-winning alumni in academia and beyond
Brief History Of Our Time
Some Of Our Main Funders
Our core interdisciplinary research is funded by the US Department of Energy. Our labs also pursue independent research projects funded by other organizations.