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Layer, Alicia

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
322 Plant Biology Laboratory
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-3992




Alicia Layer is a fourth year PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) program. She is a member of Dr. Beronda Montgomery’s lab where research into how photosynthetic organisms perceive and respond to their given environment. Alicia is currently investigating a putative nucleic acid processing enzyme and its role in complementary chromatic acclimation (CCA), a process by which cyanobacteria tune their physiology and metabolism to their light environment. Her interests lie in studying and utilizing microorganisms for biotechnology, therapeutics, and environmental remediation. Alicia’s undergrad research included studying human fragile sites using artificial yeast chromosomes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae at Eastern Michigan University.


13th Workshop on Cyanobacteria, 2019 – Poster presentation - Characterizing the phycobilisome abundance regulator psoR in the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon. Layer A. Whitaker M. Montgomery B.