Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

November 2, 2016
Supercomputers capture the crush in biological cells
Supercomputers capture the crush in biological cells
October 31, 2016
Amy Ralston named James K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor
Amy Ralston named James K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor
October 24, 2016
MSU NatSci faculty member, student receive ASM awards
MSU NatSci faculty member, student receive ASM awards
October 4, 2016
Diabetic fruit flies may unlock secrets in humans
Diabetic fruit flies may unlock secrets in humans

"Complex cis-regulatory landscape of the insulin receptor gene underlies the broad expression of a central signaling regulator" - Development (2016)

September 21, 2016
'Dialing in the lipidome' for human health, environmental sustainability
'Dialing in the lipidome' for human health, environmental sustainability

Christoph Benning and Patrick Horn highlight recent advancements in lipid research in a special issue of Science.

September 15, 2016
$5.3M NSF grant will help discover new plant chemicals
$5.3M NSF grant will help discover new plant chemicals

The research will examine molecules with wide-ranging applications to human wellbeing, from food to fuels to pharmaceuticals.

September 15, 2016
Cellular snowplow keeps genes open.
Cellular snowplow keeps genes open.

Pioneer factor PU.1 clears enhancer regions for macrophage-specific gene expression.

September 15, 2016
Molecular map provides clues to zinc-related diseases
Molecular map provides clues to zinc-related diseases
September 14, 2016
MSU to use $4.4 million NSF grant to explore the corn genome
MSU to use $4.4 million NSF grant to explore the corn genome

The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.4 million to a Michigan State university research team to identify genes in the corn genome, work that could help breed new, more nutritious corn varieties in the future.

September 6, 2016
David Kramer wins international innovation prize
David Kramer wins international innovation prize

The 2016 International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR) Innovation Award

August 30, 2016
Defend or Grow?
Defend or Grow?

The Howe lab has genetically altered Arabidopsis to do both simultaneously.

August 30, 2016
Melatonin boost a key to fighting breast cancer
Melatonin boost a key to fighting breast cancer
July 19, 2016
2016 Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Symposium
2016 Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Symposium

Molecular Plant Sciences Building, Room 1200
Michigan State University
October 21 & 22

July 14, 2016
Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging (DEPI)
Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging (DEPI)

The Kramer lab developed DEPI to make better plants by allowing researchers to systematically explore the effects of real-world conditions using sophisticated sensors, cameras, software and more.

June 30, 2016
Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils
Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils
June 3, 2016
New insights into the molecular basis of human diseases resulting from mutations in the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR)
New insights into the molecular basis of human diseases resulting from mutations in the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR)

In this study, the Hu lab and collaborators were able to map disesase causing mutations on the high-resolution CaSR structure.

May 11, 2016
Do genes express themselves through poetry?
Do genes express themselves through poetry?

Thermodynamic modeling of transcription factor binding site perturbation provides quantitative insights into the cis-regulatory grammar of enhancer regions.

May 6, 2016
Amy Ralston at the White House
Amy Ralston at the White House

Dr. Ralston received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

May 2, 2016
MSU Board of Trustees approves Plant Resilience Institute
MSU Board of Trustees approves Plant Resilience Institute

The institute will conduct fundamental research to identify mechanisms that contribute to plant resilience and impact plant productivity.

April 27, 2016
MSU scientists solve additional pieces of 'extraordinary cofactor' puzzle
MSU scientists solve additional pieces of 'extraordinary cofactor' puzzle