Who, What, and Where

C. Robin Buell joined the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University in October 2007 after spending nine years at The Institute for Genomic Research. Research in the Buell laboratory is focused on high throughput sequencing, functional genomics, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics of plants and plant pathogens. More information on on-going research projects can be found on our Research page. We are always interested in having new students (undergraduate and graduate) join the lab. You can check out our Contact page to get in touch with us. If you want to send us something or stop by, we can be reached via: Plant Biology Laboratories, 612 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824; Lab Location: S-148 Plant Biology Laboratories; Phone Number: (517) 353 5969; Fax Number: (517) 353 1926.

Research Interests

The research activities in the Buell Laboratory are centered on genome biology of plants. Our research involves projects focused on high throughput sequencing, functional genomics, comparative genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. We work on a number of crop species for food, feed, fodder, and biofuels (rice, maize, switchgrass, potato, sweetpotato) as well as medicinal plants (Madigascar periwinkle, Camptotheca acuminata). We have projects in the lab examining genetic diversity in maize and switchgrass, abiotic stress responses in switchgrass, genome variation in potato, genomics in sweetpotato, and biochemical pathway elucidation in medicinal plants. My lab also maintains large-scale databases and resources for the scientific community such as the Rice Annotation Database, the Comprehensive Phytopathogen Genome Resource, and Spud DB: Potato Genomics Research. See our Research Page for more information on these projects.

Where to get other information on the Buell Lab

  • The Buell Laboratory is home to Research Assistants, Bioinformaticists, Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, and Undergraduates. Click on the People page to get information about the people in the group.
  • Funding for our research is from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food & Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A detailed list of our funded projects can be found on our Current Funding page.
  • Publications from the Buell Laboratory include research articles, review articles and book chapters. Click on our Publications page to see a list of our publications.
  • We have put a series of helpful links to useful sites in genomics, bioinformatics, and plant biology/pathology here. Contact information for the Buell lab can be found here. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining the lab.