STRAIGHT FROM THE SCIENTISTS: Research Profiles

Arborist, Agronomist, Advocate: Emily Heaton Has a Heart for the Heartland

As an architect of America’s future fields, Heaton leverages crop management to balance the needs of farmers, consumers, and the environment.

Ming-Hsun Cheng: Balancing Billiards and Biomass

“The most interesting parts and the most challenging parts (of my job) are the same … there’s no textbook for you to follow.”

Nancy Reichert: The Science of Serendipity

“It’s in scientists’ legacies to leave things better than how they started out.”

Sarah Acquah: Pairing Policy and Research

CABBI postdoc is busy working on three projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Li-Qing Chen: Understanding Plant Processes at a Deeper Level

Growing up in the countryside of China, Li-Qing Chen understood the challenges of farming from a young age. Her family owned a small farm, so she became aware of the many conditions and stresses that plants face. When Chen began her college education, she decided that...

Tom Elmo Clemente: Sparking an Interest in the Plant Sciences

Nebraska professor’s CABBI-specific research is focused on making biomass production economically feasible by bolstering crops with valuable co-products.

Matt Plutz: Working on Unconventional Yeast to Produce Valuable Bioproducts

“I like being a part of something big with partners all across the country.”

Under the Microscope: Adina Howe Uses Microbes to Scale Down Sustainability

Howe, who has extensive experience working with biofuels, is excited by the prospect of leveraging microbial data to decode the inner workings of lesser-known bioenergy crops.

Adam von Haden: Digging Through the Roots

Von Haden’s curiosity for what’s in the ground — and how it impacts our planet — led him to move south to Illinois and work for CABBI in the Sustainability Theme.

Nick LaBonte: Genetics with a Green Thumb

For LaBonte, caring for and cultivating plants is more than a hobby, degree, or career — it’s a way of life.

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