Welcome to the Pilon and Pilon-Smits Laboratories

Biology Department

Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado - Voted in the top 10 places to live in the US for many years in a row

This is a link to a video showing our lab space: https://natsci.source.colostate.edu/take-tour-new-csu-biology-building-video/

Pilon lab questions: How do plants maintain copper and iron homeostasis? How do these metals reach the photosynthetic machinery?

Localization experiment for protein involved in iron sulfur cluster formation

Pilon-Smits lab questions: How and why do plants hyperaccumulate selenium, and how does it affect local ecology including the microbiome?

Can we use hemp for phytoremediation, or as Se-biofortified food?

Seleniferous area in West Fort Collins, with Se hyperaccumulator Stanleya pinnata (left)

prairie dogs that avoid hyperaccumulators because of the Se (middle)

industrial hemp (and researchers) in action (right)


Pilon lab Publications

Pilon-Smits Publications



The lab outdoors