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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:

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

March 08, 2018: Welcome to the new Gu lab website!

February 2, 2018: Amy accepted research technician position at Harvard Medical School. Congratulations Amy!