STRAIGHT FROM THE SCIENTISTS: Research Profiles

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.

Making Waves: Kelsie Ferin Proves Renewable Energy and Clean Water Go Hand in Hand

When Ferin sits down to code, she has a million square miles of soil, water, and sky at her fingertips: from Iowa’s Corn Belt to the Mississippi River, and all the way to the Gulf of Mexico — the backdrop for her research on how bioenergy crops can help purify the nation’s water.

August Schetter: From Family Farm to University Fields

This M.S. Candidate in Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois works alongside the people he read about as a kid.

Madhu Khanna: Finding the Right Combination of Energy Crops for the Economy — and the Environment

Khanna leads CABBI’s Sustainability theme, which is providing the environmental and economic perspective for developing efficient bioenergy crops.

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