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Baskin initiates international collaboration to study cellulose biosynthesis in grasses

Tobias Baskin spent five weeks working with Professors Azeddine Driouich and Patrice Larouge, directors of the Laboratoire de Glycobiologie et Matrice Extracellulaire Végétale at the University of Rouen, France. Baskin was doing an experiment studying the effect of microtubule inhibitors on cellulose synthesis.

The DOE Office of Science selects Sam Hazen for Early Career Research Award

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science announced today that 65 scientists from across the nation have been selected for five-year awards under the Office's Early Career Research Program. The five-year awards are designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. The proposed research project, "Plant‐Microbe Genomic Systems Optimization for Energy", will explore the genetics of feedstock digestibility.

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Nithin Gopalsamy has been awarded the 2011 Ray Ethan Torrey Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Nithin is a Junior who has worked in the Walker Lab since his sophomore year. His project is to study the role of the gene BdNAM-B1 in senescence and nutrient remobilization in Brachypodium distachyon.

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Undergraduates Present their Work at Statewide Research Conference

Mike Veling, Jessica Sysopha, and Audrey Miller presented their research on Brachypodium distachyon and Clostridium phytofermentans at the 5th Annual Undergraduate Life Science Research Symposium and the 17th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.

Sysopha J, Lee SJ, Alvelo-Maurosa J, Warnick TA, Young NF, Pedersen JF, Leschine SB, Caicedo AL, Hazen SP (2011) Assaying natural variation for feedstock quality in accessions of Brachypodium distachyon.

Veling MV, Handakumbura P, Trabucco GM, Hazen SP (2011) Analysis of Homeobox transcription factors in grass species.

Miller A, Warnick TA, Alvelo-Maurosa J, Lee SJ, Hazen SP, Leschine SB (2011) Investigations of the Clostridium phytofermentans bioassay for plant feedstock decomposition.

Jesús Alvelo presented his research at the PREP/NEAGEP Internship Program Poster Session

Jesús Alvelo presented his research on imaging Clostridium phytofermentans-plant associations at the UMass Amherst PREP/NEAGEP Internship Program Poster Session.

Alvelo-Maurosa J, Leschine SB (2011) Clostridium phytofermentans-plant interactions: visualized by fluorescent stains.