Research Programs

Bio/Computational Evolution in Action Consortium

The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is an NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.

Gene Expression in Disease & Development

Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior

The EEBB Program at MSU has an unusual organization that facilitates interdisciplinary interactions among our students and faculty, while allowing participants to engage in the program's activities at different levels depending on individual interests and availability. Both students and faculty have their primary appointments administered by a home department. Our students pursue either a dual-degree Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior and the home department or, alternatively, a Master's degree in the home department with a specialization in EEBB. Our students take required courses in ecology, evolutionary biology, and relevant quantitative methods as well as any additional coursework required by their home departments. Students and faculty alike participate in the weekly seminar series that features outstanding scientists and scholars from other institutions, as well as occasional student and faculty speakers from our own program.

Molecular Metabolism & Disease

It is now well-recognized that changes in metabolic events underlie the pathogenesis of many diseases including diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. The research mission of this program is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and metabolic changes that lead to diseases such as diabetes, obesity, IBD and atherosclerosis.

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) is a research institute located on the campus of Michigan State University, with major funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE). We bring together a group of experimental biologists to foster the development of cooperative research programs involving multidisciplinary approaches. The PRL is a unique community of scholars with a rare, energizing esprit de corps, dedicated to answering fundamental questions in plant biology. Our goal is to provide a broad and thorough scientific education in modern plant biology. 

Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program (RDSP)

The overall goal of the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program at Michigan State University is to leverage and expand ongoing collaborations between faculty working in animal science, human medicine, veterinary medicine, genetics, and regenerative medicine and to further formalize this unique trans disciplinary focus in a manner that will enhance the rate of scientific discovery and the quality of graduate and postdoctoral training.