Dr. Zach Burton named AAAS Fellow for seminal contributions toward understanding the function and evolution of RNA polymerases, enzymes found in all organisms and viruses, and for distinguished contributions to teaching, mentoring and the scientific community.
Postdoctoral scholar Pengxiang Fan and undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology student Abigail Miller were able to reconstruct the pathway of chemical processes that a tomato plant uses to create useful compounds.
Dr. Dean DellaPenna, MSU College of Natural Science plant biologist, is leveraging the private funds provided through his endowed professorship to investigate how to make drug treatments more effective and increasing vitamins in food.
In Arnosti’s lab, graduate students Kurtulus Kok and Li Li developed a new method to directly trace the biochemical impact of a regulatory protein in the embryo. In examining this activity, the researchers made new insights suggesting that previous genome-wide studies may improperly mistake such “batting practice” for actual regulatory elements, a difference that is important for understanding how mutations in the genome may affect gene expression. Read more at Research @ MSU