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.

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Latest News:

June 10, 2020: Xiaoran Xin defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations Xiaoran! See pictures

May 22, 2020: Congratulations to Zican Wang, class of 2020! Best wishes to your future endeavor!

February 4, 2020: Penn State News highlighted the research from Gu Lab: “Herringbone pattern in plant cell walls critical to cell growth.” Read more

February 4, 2020: A paper reporting cell wall pattern critical to acid growth is published in the Journal of Experimental Botany.  Congratulations Xiaoran! Read more

October 14, 2019: Zican Wang received 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Grant Proposal Award in Eberly College of Science. Congratulations Zican!

July 3, 2019: Cell Dynamics took center stage at 2019 Plant Biology Symposium. Read more

June 18-21, 2019: Annual Plant Cell Dynamics Meeting was hold at Penn State. Read more

June 3, 2019: Noemi Garcia started her Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) in Gu Lab. Welcome Noemi! 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. Congratulations Xiaoyu! Read more