Gu Lab uses biochemical, molecular genetics, and spectroscopic approaches to decipher mechanisms of cellulose biosynthesis. Cellulose, often touted as the most abundant biopolymer on earth, is a major source of raw materials for paper, textiles, and an abundant source for sustainable and environment-friendly cellulosic biofuels. A long-term goal of our research is to gain a deeper understanding of the regulation of cellulose biosynthesis so that the fundamental knowledge can be transferred for designing new cellulosic materials with diverse economic applications.
Penn State will host 2019 MidWest Plant Cell Dynamics Meeting. Read more
August 20, 2018: Xiaoyu Zhu receives the 2018 Robert T. Simpson Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research. Congratulations Xiaoyu! Read more
June 13, 2018: Xiaoyu Zhu defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations Xiaoyu! Read more
March 26, 2018: Penn State News highlighted the research from Gu Lab: “New insights into how cellulose is built could indicate how to break it apart for biofuels.” Read more
March 26, 2018: a paper reporting de novo secretion of cellulose synthase complexes was published in PNAS. Congratuations Xiaoyu! Read more