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Our Leadership

Principal Investigator, Director

Professor of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The principal investigator of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), Donohue is an expert in how microbes harness and convert solar energy. His laboratory researches genetic pathways and networks...

Scientific Director, Conversion Lead

Charles Yanofsky Professor of Biochemistry & Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Landick is an expert on structure, function and regulation of RNA polymerase, the central engine of gene expression. His work spans disciplines from single-molecule biochemistry to genome-scale mechanisms of gene...

Scientific Director, Sustainability Lead

Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University

A crop and soil scientist and ecosystem ecologist, Robertson focuses much of his research on the role that agriculture plays in greenhouse gas dynamics, and he is internationally known for...

Associate Director

Tina Nielsen joined the GLBRC as Associate Director in 2014. Nielsen oversees GLBRC’s external campus, government and industry relations and is also responsible for internal administration, including oversight of GLBRC’s...

Director of Administrative Services

Meyers has been with GLBRC since 2008, serving in a variety of administrative roles. As Director of Administrative Services, Meyers oversees the day-to-day business operations that support the Center's Project...

Sustainability Lead

Professor of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jackson’s program focuses on structure and function of managed, semi-natural and natural grassland ecosystems. Research in Jackson’s grassland ecology lab spans many levels of ecological organization, from grass identification at...

Plants Lead

Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ralph’s program is aimed at decreasing plant cell wall recalcitrance to processing and improving plant value to the biorefinery, largely by: detailing lignin structure, chemistry, and reactions; delineating the effects...

Plants Lead

MSU Foundation Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Brandizzi is a professor in the Michigan State University-U.S. Department of Energy (MSU-DOE) Plant Research Laboratory, and brings over 15 years of academic research experience to her role at GLBRC....

Deconstruction Lead

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University

Dale is an expert on making ethanol from cellulose, plant stalks, grass, corn cobs and other woody plant parts and has developed a patented process called ammonia fiber expansion (AFEXTM),...

Deconstruction Lead

Marvin J. Johnson Professor of Fermentation Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fox's research goals are to define the structure and the reactivity of the active site diiron center, to probe the catalytic contributions of the active site protein residues and to...

Conversion Lead

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University

Hegg’s research team focuses on the variety of ways that nature uses metals to activate and/or produce small molecules such as O2, H2, NO, and H2O2.  In pursuit of this...

Principal Investigator, Education and Outreach

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Amasino’s research focuses on understanding the genetic controls of plant flowering and how flowering is altered in response to environmental variables such as changes in day length or temperature. He...

Informatics and Information Technology Director

Sheth joined the GLBRC in 2016 after holding positions at Indiana University, Cold Spring Harbor Lab (in New York), and the Virginia Commonwealth University – an educational and professional path that...

Core Facilities Coordinator

Cavalier took up the title of Core Facilities Coordinator in 2012, having served as a Project Leader of the GLBRC Cell Wall Analytical Facility (CWAF) at MSU since 2011. He...

Research Support Coordinator, MSU

A native of northeast Mexico, Lopez Meza has experience in leaching of inorganic constituents and validation of standardized testing methods, as well as in the writing and technical editing of...

Research Support Coordinator, UW-Madison

Bates obtained her Ph.D. at UW-Madison in Microbiology and did postdoctoral work on virulence gene regulation in pathogenic bacteria. She has several years experience in the biotech sector where she...

Research Support Coordinator, UW-Madison

Ziegelhoffer joined GLBRC in the summer of 2015 and supports the Plants research area. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UW-Madison (B.S. in Genetics, Ph.D. in Bacteriology). She...