Federica Brandizzi is a recognized scholar on the biological questions surrounding the role of plant cell endomembranes in response to stress and developmental clues. Brandizzi has pioneered the implementation of advanced confocal microscopy for the study of plant organelles. Her research interests focus on the understanding of how plants produce materials of many kinds and how they handle stress on Earth and in space. Her GLBRC research focuses on understanding the process and regulation of cell wall biosynthesis in order to alter the levels and composition of glucans in the cell walls of biofuel crops.
Brandizzi received a B.Sc. in biology and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Rome, Italy. Before being recruited to Michigan State in 2006, she was a Canada Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan.