MSU plant scientist honored by AAAS

  • Dec 7, 2018
  • AAAS Fellow, Award, Faculty
  • Homepage News, Faculty & Staff, Research, College of Natural Science, Plant Biology, Plant Research Laboratory
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MSU plant scientist Federica Brandizzi has been named a 2019 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Photo courtesy MSU.

Federica Brandizzi, an MSU plant scientist who has made distinguished and varied contributions to advance the field of plant cell biology has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research. Established in 1848, AAAS was the first permanent organization formed to promote the development of science and engineering at the national level and to represent the interests of numerous disciplines. Its founding marked the emergence of a national scientific community in the United States.

“I am excited and honored by this recognition that includes me in such an amazing group of innovators,” said Brandizzi, an MSU Foundation Professor in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab (PRL). “I am a strong believer that fundamental science is key to improving lives.”

Brandizzi is well recognized for her research on the characterization of the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, organelles pivotal to food production in plant cells. Additional projects in her lab include investigating the mechanisms for establishing and maintaining the identity of organelles of the secretory pathway in growth and stress in plants; characterizing the cell wall, which can be used in biofuel production; and understanding the genetic changes that enable plant cells to respond to spaceflight stress.

“Understanding the inner working of biosynthetic compartments of plant cells has untapped potential for the production of sustainable energy and food,” added Brandizzi. “This award validates the significance of years of research and the importance of fundamental cell biology studies at large.”

“I am pleased that Dr. Brandizzi has been named a AAAS Fellow and congratulate her on behalf of everyone at the PRL,” said Christoph Benning, PRL director. “Dr. Brandizzi has made important contributions to our understanding of the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus and has pioneered the cell biological analysis of this plant cell membrane system. This recognition of her scientific accomplishments by AAAS is well deserved.”

In addition to Brandizzi, two other MSU individuals were recognized in the 2019 cohort: Sue Nichols, strategic research communicator for the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and Remco Zegers, a nuclear physicist at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.

MSU has 59 AAAS fellows to date.

AAAS will honor the new fellows on February 16 during the 2019 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, DC.


Banner image: MSU's Federica Brandizzi is one of 416 new AAAS fellows named for 2019, and one 15 new fellows in the AAAS Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources.