Sam Hazen

Gilgut Professor of Plant Biology


B.S., University of Arizona, 1994
M.S., Michigan State University, 1996
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000


DOE Plant Research Laboratory, East Lansing, 2000-2002
The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, 2003-2008

Research Area: Cell and Developmental Biology, Genomics and Genetics
Field of Study: Regulatory Networks and Natural Variation in Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis and Growth
Office: LSL N427 

My laboratory is exploring two distinct avenues to understand biofuel-relevant aspects of plants. (1) We are mapping transcription circuits that regulate growth and cell wall polymer biosynthesis. (2) We are at the forefront of developing a new model system for energy crops, Brachypodium distachyon, and have pioneered use of the microbe Clostridium phytofermentans to measure biomass feedstock quality. By combining these two systems, we seek to characterize natural genetic diversity for biofuel traits and determine the functional role of plant genes that confer improved biomass yield and quality.

Hazen Lab Website