Ralph’s research areas include biofuels and other bioproducts, as well as plant genetics and breeding. His research group is recognized for their work with lignin, the polymer that strengthens plant cell walls.
Lignin often makes it difficult to break down woody plants for biofuels, paper, and other products. Ralph’s team works to analyze lignin and redesign it to be more readily degraded. He has been recognized with this honor every year for the last 10 years.
“As nice as this honor is, and to be appreciated in such prestigious company, this impact is due to a fantastic group in the lab here,” Ralph says. “It’s also due to our fortunate affiliation with Biochemistry and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center/WEI, and in no small measure to wonderful collaborators world-wide.”
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