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:

Jan 28, 2021: Jenna Patel, an undergraduate who is an awardee of the WISER/MURE/FURP research program, joined our group. Welcome Jenna!

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