Portrait of Alex Hafner next to his research in a lab.

Undergraduate student furthers pennycress research during summer internship experience

Alex Hafner, a senior from Mahomet, decided to pursue a major in molecular and cellular biology due to his interest in research. This same passion drew him to Western Illinois University’s...
pennycress

Powerful pennycress: Dr. Sedbrook’s research team is transforming a weed into a crop

Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics Dr. John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself.
Professor John Sedbrook with pennycress at Millenium Park in Chicago.

Redbird scholars receive grants to domesticate pennycress, expand pre-K

Redbird scholars receive grants to domesticate pennycress, expand pre-K
Research being done with a microscope

Prasun, Sedbrook named 2021 Researchers to Know

Dr. Marilyn Prasun and Dr. John Sedbrook have been named 2021 Researchers to Know by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.
Redbird Marketing Team

Remote learning does not hinder the ISU NAMA (Department of Agriculture RSO) Marketing Competition Team’s success

Remote learning does not hinder the ISU NAMA (Department of Agriculture RSO) Marketing Competition team's success
Close-up of pennycress plant.

Fall 2020

Volume 6 • Number 1 • Fall 2020
Students participate in the 2019 Illinois Summer Research Academy.

Research Spotlight: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology

This issue's Research Spotlight features the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST).
Professor with graduate students

Biofuels project led by John Sedbrook awarded $13 million from DOE

The grant will support a nationwide project led by Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook aimed to genetically strengthen a plant for use in sustainable energy efforts.
Professor with graduate students

Weed wizard: Professor alters plant genes to create wonder crop

Dr. John Sedbrook's genetically mutated plant could create a positive force for the environment as well as provide additional income for farmers.
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