Research Projects

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory gathers scientists with varied areas of expertise to tackle key problems too large to study in single, isolated labs. The projects below address some of today's most challenging scientific questions, with implications for renewables, food sustainability, and medical and industrial technologies.

Photosynthesis in real environments

Photosynthesis in real environments

Drought. Frost. Clouds. Photosynthesis has to adapt to ever-changing conditions. A team of seven researchers studies photosynthesis under realistic environments so we someday can improve it.

The leaf, a biological solar panel

Modeling the biological solar panel

A team of ten researchers holistically studies photosynthetic processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and develop models that describe these interactions.

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Engineering biological modules

Engineering biological modules inspired by nature

A team of five researchers seeks to understand the fundamentals of energy capture and conversion in cyanobacteria and use that knowledge to engineer improvements in photosynthesis, create new renewable energy sources, or devise new compounds for medical or industrial uses.

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Brachypodium stem

Additional research areas

In addition to the collaborative projects above, our labs individually research: algal biofuels, plant resistance to biotic and abiotic threats, secretory membrane dynamics, energy organelle dynamics, and more. For more information, visit our faculty page.

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