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Faculty of Science
Research in Samuels' lab integrates plant biochemistry with plant cell biology to discover how cellulose and lignin are made during wood formation. The formation of wood in the annual growth rings of trees is the most vivid example of how plant cells use carbon captured during photosynthesis to produce biomass that is rich in cellulose and lignin. Our approach is to integrate advanced microscopy techniques with molecular biology and biochemistry to discover the cellular mechanisms of biomass production.