Enabling Technologies


Enabling Technologies

Our success depends on our ability to share the biological, physical and computational research that enable our pursuit of improved plants, improved processing, improved catalysts and sustainable bioenergy practices. The focus of the Enabling Technology team crosses all areas of research, creating the tools that make it possible to integrate new technologies into bioenergy research. The Enabling Technologies portfolio consists of seven projects covering three broad areas of study: Omics, Cell Wall Technology, and Plant Transformation Services.

Cell Wall Technologies

This area is comprised of three cell wall projects: the Cell Wall Digestibility Platform, the Cell Wall Analysis Facility, and the Cell Wall Profiling Facility. 

Cell Wall Facility at Michigan State University, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

To access the Cell Wall Digestibility and Analysis Platforms, register at http://glbrc.bch.msu.edu/cwsc


Analysis provided by the GLBRC's core facilities include cell wall composition and digestibility.
Questions about the analytical platform for cell wall compositional analysis?
Contact Cliff Foster

Questions about the high-throughput screening of plant biomass for enhanced enzymatic digestibility?
Contact Nick Santoro 

Plant Transformation Services

This facility supports screening of Arabidopsis plant knockouts, production of Arabidopsis plant transformants and T87 cell culture transformations.

Plant transformation facility at Michigan State University

The GLBRC Arabidopsis Service Center (ASC) is currently offering three services to assist the GLBRC researcher: T-DNA screening service, Transformation of Arabidopsis with Agrobacterium, and Transformation of Arabidopsis T87 cell cultures.


For more information about GLBRC's plant transformation facilities, please log in to the Arabidopsis Service Center

Questions? Contact Linda Danhof 


Graduate Student Christopher Bianchetti prepares a protein sample for X-ray crystallography


The GLBRC Metabolomics Facility provides a variety of platforms to support systems biology (quantitative analysis of primary metabolites), “exploratory” or “non-targeted” metabolomics experiments, fatty acid profile analysis, amino acid analysis, fermentation end-point analysis and ethanol quantitation. This facility makes use of resources at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University campuses.


GLBRC proteomics services are supported by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), and resources from both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University campuses. PNNL services specialize in supporting rapid global determination of protein expression patterns. GLBRC University resources specialize in core facility support and isotope-assisted proteomic quantification procedures.


Transcriptomics focuses on gene expression, transcription start and stop analyses, ChIP and more, explored on microarrays or through HT seqencing.

To learn more about using GLBRC's omics facilities, please contact Core Facilities Coordinator David Cavalier