Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

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User Projects

The following is a list of projects that have been active over the past three years.
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Lead Institution: Washington State University
Principal Investigator: Markus Flury
The purpose of this limited scope proposal is to conduct a series of confocal and super resolution fluorescence microscopy experiments in response to reviewers’ comments for a submitted manuscript. The manuscript describes a study that we have...
Lead Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: Amy Marshall-Colon
Sorghum bicolor is an important bioenergy crop because it has high nutrient and water use efficiency, and produces a large quantity of biomass that can be processed into ethanol for biofuels. Many genomic resources exist for sorghum, and the...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Jason McDermott
The goal of this project is to attain a systems level understanding of the soil microbiome and its phenotypic response to changing moisture through a tractable, spatially explicit examination of the molecular and ecological interactions occurring...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Charles Ansong
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) is a chronic disease resulting from the autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. In addition to evolving ideas about the role of beta cells in genetic susceptibility to T1D, there is mounting...
Lead Institution: Institute of Microbiology of the CAS
Principal Investigator: Petr Baldrian
Forest soils represent an environment with high carbon (C) stocks and important hotspots of C turnover and microorganisms are the most important actors in this process. The understanding of the C flow through the soil microbial foodweb would provide...
Lead Institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Crysten Blaby
Zinc is an essential nutrient in biology. When encountering environments with suboptimal zinc availability, organisms initiate acclimation strategies that operate to increase assimilation and release intracellular stores. In this proposal, our goal...
Lead Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Sharon Doty
Native poplar (Populus) plants have a diverse microbiota including endophytes, microorganisms that live within plants, some of which can fix atmospheric nitrogen (N2) into forms of nitrogen (N) available to their host plant. These beneficial...
Lead Institution: University of Missouri - Columbia
Principal Investigator: Gary Stacey
Recent data indicate that competition between plant plasma membrane (PM) receptor palmitoylation and autophosphorylation defines inactive and active states, respectively. Hence, for any given treatment, global monitoring of receptor palmitoylation...
Lead Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: Tullis Onstott
The specific aim of this Large-Scale EMSL proposal is to image the metabolic interactions of deep subsurface anaerobic CH4-cycling microbial consortia: 1) at high pressure and temperature; 2) at high temperature and salinity, and 3) during in situ...
Lead Institution: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Alexander Johs
Levels of toxic methylmercury (MeHg) in the environment are a net result of mercury (Hg) methylation and MeHg demethylation processes. Mercury methylation by anaerobic bacteria and archaea is the primary source of MeHg and has been linked to the...