The Britt Laboratory:
Lab Meetings Wednesdays 3:00 to 4:30pm ENGR 402C
- Biomaterials and interfacial processes
- Directing protein structure-function and self-assembly
- Nanoparticle interactions with beneficial microbes and plants, and agricultural applications.
Research funding sources:
- USDA-NIFA: Nanoparticles Prime Crops Against Abiotic Stress
- NSF-CBET: CuO NP bioactivity in the wheat rhizosphere: Interplay of soil chemistry, root exudation, and biofilms
- USU-AES: Outer Membrane Vesicle Activity in the Rhizosphere and Biofortification Applications
- NSF-CBET (REU efforts at USU): Effects of Metals from Flue Gas on Microalgae Biofuels and Co-products: Sustainability and Scalability
Congratulations to Shameem, Kaitlyn, and Michelle - all smiles at Commencement!
STEM Outreach with Support from NSF-CBET Award #1335550:
Outreach activities to engage and inspire students from all backgrounds to succeed in STEM disciplines. The Britt Lab hosts high school students each summer through the USU Biotechnology Academy. The lab also is active in the USU Native American Summer Mentorship Program (NASMP), and has hosted Native American students from the USU Regional Campus in Blanding, Utah every summer since inception of the program in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Britt and Dr. Anne Anderson from the USU Department of Biology developed an 8-week summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) program titled, Plant-STEM. This program served underrepresented students from 2-year colleges, allowing them to explore novel methodologies used to stimulate plant growth under abiotic stress. An interdisciplinary approach introduced the participants to nanotechnology, plant-microbiome functioning, and soilless growth platforms--the program culminated in student-designed and conducted projects.
Harvesting plants to assess effects of micronutrients on growth
Dr. Bruce Bugbee discusses the challenges and opportunities in sustainable food production
Learning outside the lab: Excursion in Logan Canyon