Principal Investigator: Charles T. Anderson, PhD


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Assistant Research Professor:
Oskar Siemianowksi, PhD

Research Project: Nanoscale structure of plant cell walls

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Postdoctoral Researcher: Niroshan Siva, PhD

Research Project: Conversion and nutritional content of plant biomass

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PhD Student: Yintong Chen (MCIBS)

Research Project: Cell Wall Dynamics in Stomatal Development and Function

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PhD Student: Sydney Duncombe (Plant Biology)

Research Project: Cellulose Synthesis and Cell Wall Assembly

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PhD Student: Ellen Zelinsky (Plant Biology)

Research Project: Cell Wall Modification During Plant Development

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Rotation Student: Leila Jaafar (MCIBS)

Rotation Project: Mechanobiology of Plant Cell Walls

Research Technologist II: Avry Mudersbach

Research Project: Conversion of Plant Biomass into Edible Products

Undergraduate Researcher: Rayna Marshall

Research Project: Functions of Pectin-Modifying Genes in Stomata

Undergraduate Researcher: Tom Starr

Research Project: Single Molecule Dynamics of Cellulases and Accessory Enzymes


Undergraduate Researcher: Samir Chethan

Research Project: Imaging Cellulose Synthesis


Undergraduate Researcher: Hannah Klatte

Research Project: Conversion of plant biomass into edible products

Undergraduate Researcher: Matthew Egner

Research Project: Mechanobiology of plant cell walls





If you are interested in working in the Anderson lab as a postdoctoral researcher, PhD candidate, undergraduate researcher, or research technician, please send an email with the desired position, a CV, and a statement of your specific interest in our research to cta3 (at) psu (dot) edu.

May 8, 2020: A virtual lab photo collage!

May 2, 2019: The lab with ice cream (and an orange)!

April 23, 2018: A very sunny lab photo, which required ice cream afterwards!

April 24, 2017: Our fifth year lab anniversary lab photo!

April 22, 2016: Lab photo, followed cream!

May 5, 2015: Lab photo, plus ice cream of course!

October 8, 2014: Lab lunch

May 2, 2014: Lab photo, followed by ice cream from the Berkey Creamery

March 18, 2014: Lab breakfast to welcome Will, Liam, Jaime, Sam, and Devon to the lab

July 1, 2013: Lab lunch to welcome our summer researchers

February 7, 2013: Lab lunch to welcome Yue and Nikki

July 3, 2012: The lab, powered up for science by ice cream from the Berkey Creamery!

Lab Alumni

Rotation Student, Spring 2021: Yunjia Liu
Research Technologist, 2019-2021: Kate Vasquez
Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2020: Abdullah Memon
Rotation Student, Fall 2020: Alenka Hafner (Plant Biology)

Visiting PhD Student, 2018-2020: Yang Yang

2020 CEMB REU Researcher: Emily Walter
2020 CEMB REU Researcher: Mythili Subbanna
2020 Drawdown Fellow: Nicholas Wright-Osment

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2019-2020: Joyce Chery, PhD

Faculty Member at Cornell University

PhD Student, 2019-2020: Benjamin Wadsworth
Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2020: Katya Iatsenko

Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2020: Geoffrey Fox

Undergraduate Researcher, 2018-2020: Jonathan Puglisi

Research Technologist, 2018-2020: Dannielle Gibson

Rotation Student, Fall 2019: Guanhua Feng (Plant Biology)
High School Researcher, 2019: Silu Shen

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2015-2019: Deborah Petrik, PhD

Faculty Member at Rhodes College

PhD student, 2012-2019: Daniel McClosky (Plant Biology)

PhD Student, 2014-2019: William Barnes (Plant Biology)

Postdoctoral Researcher with Breeanna Urbanowicz at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia

Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2019: Benjamin Ratchford

Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2019: Taylor Purzycki

Research Intern, Summer 2018: Guanhua Feng

PhD Student, 2013-2018: Yue Rui (Plant Biology)

Postdoctoral Researcher with Jose Dinneny at Stanford University

Undergraduate Researcher, 2018: Mardy Sarnoff

Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2018: Benjamin Brown

Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2018: Victoria Rosado

Research Project: Cell Wall Dynamics in Stomatal Development and Function

Undergraduate Researcher, 2017-2018: Emma Price

Undergraduate Researcher, 2017-2018: Michael Heigh

Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2018: Justin Slovin

Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2018: Igor Andrzhievsky

Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2017: Steven Snipes

Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2017: Melissa Durkin

Rotation Student, Fall 2017: Yunqing Zhou (MCIBS)

Rotation Student, Fall 2017: Sarah Pfaff (Plant Biology)

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012-2017: Chaowen Xiao, PhD

Faculty Member at Sichuan University

Rotation Student, Fall 2016: Jessica Eason (MCIBS)

PhD student, 2012-2016: Thomas McCarthy (Plant Biology)

Currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with Volker Brendel at Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2016: James McTavish

Research Technologist II, 2012-2015: Melissa Ishler

Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2015: Devon Fischer

Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2015: Jesse Turner

Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2015: Liam Farrell

Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2015: Jaime Jarrin

Undergraduate Researcher, 2014: Sam Kurth

Master's Student, 2013-2014: Nikki Kapp (Plant Biology; co-advised with Tom Richard)

Undergraduate Researcher, 2014: Samantha Roa

Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2014: Dustin Betz


Rotation Student, Fall 2013: Xuan Wang (Plant Biology)


Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-2013: Kaitlyn Bingaman (Benachowski)

Research Technician, Summer 2013: Adam Clemens

Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2013: Kristen Gulino

Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-2013: Andrew Polyak

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012: Peter Dowd, PhD

Rotation Student, Fall 2012: Merisa Nisic (Cell and Developmental Biology)

Rotation Student, Fall 2012: Anna Sberna (Genetics)

Rotation Student, Fall 2012: Tina Lai (Plant Biology)

High School Intern, Summer 2012: Pooja Shah


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