Dr. Roston’s CAREER grant project titled “How SFR2 allows chloroplast envelope membranes to survive freezing, from initial signal to molecular mechanism” is an NSF-funded project, which aims to elucidate the mechanisms by which membrane remodeling contributes to plant health while advancing teaching practices, improving research training, and promoting science literacy. The project has three research objectives and two educational objectives:
- Objective 1 (Research): Define how membrane stability is affected by SFR2-dependent changes to lipids.
- Objective 2 (Research): Determine if SFR2 activity is repressed by post-translational modification (PTM).
- Objective 3 (Research): Define the diversity of chloroplast envelope membrane freezing stabilization mechanisms.
- Objective 4 (Education): Train next-generation scientists to be effective researchers and communicators.
- Objective 5 (Education): Educate the public about plant membranes, their roles, and the use of plant science in food production.
More information about the project can be found at https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/nsf-award-boosts-roston-s-research-into-freeze-tolerant-crops/ or https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1845175&HistoricalAwards=false.
MERC provides evaluation support for this program through formative feedback and the assessment of impacts.
Changsoo SongRESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION RESEARCH CORE FACILITY AT SBSRC