I'm a plant biochemist that works on apply tools of biochemistry to solve questions in plant physiology, specifically in regulation of the Calvin-Benson cycle. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I then joined the Sharkey Lab at Michigan State to pursue my PhD.

Through my undergraduate and graduate students, I have become interested in how the public (students, general public, politicians, etc.) understand and interpret scientific research. I want to use my training in Biochemistry and Plant Biology in science communication to make research available and understood by telling the "big picture" of research in ways that are accurate and engaging. 

When I'm not in the lab, I work on freelance graphic design. I do logo, poster, and infographic design. 

Research Areas:
Applied Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology


Preiser, A.L., Banerjee, A.B, Fisher, N., Sharkey, T.D. Supply and consumption of glucose 6-phosphate in the chloroplast stroma. In review

Li, J., Weraduwage, S.M., Preiser, A.L., Weise, S. E., Strand, D.D., Froehlich, J.E., Kramer, D., Hu, J., Sharkey, T.D. Loss of peroxisomal hydroxypyruvate reductase inhibits triose phosphate isomerase but stimulates cyclic photosynthetic electron flow and the Glc-6P-Phosphate shunt. Biorxiv, 2018 doi:

Banerjee A, Preiser AL, Sharkey, TD. Engineering of Recombinant Poplar Deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate Synthase (PtDXS) by Site-directed Mutagenesis Improves Its Activity. Public Library of Science. 2016 11(8).

Yang J, Preiser AL, Li Z, Weise SE, Sharkey TD. Triose phosphate use limitation of photosynthesis short-term and long-term effects. Planta. 2016 243(3): 687-98.

Volunteer Activities

Planning and hosting 2016 annual orientation for incoming first-year students in the BioMolecular Sciences program at Michigan State University

Planning and hosting Plant Biochemistry for Health and Sustainability Symposium held at Michigan State University for the next 3 years.

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education