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Jan. 27, 2023

#IAmScience Gangadhar Vadla

#IAmScience Gangadhar Vadla

By Sarah Kiefer | Bond LSC Sunlight is where it starts for a daffodil. As rays cascade upon the plant, photosynthesis begins and this carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange gives the flower what it needs to survive. For Gangadhar Vadla, he drew a picture of this vibrant process in his head in high school. “When…

Dec. 16, 2022

Competing signals: scientists explore how iron sensing and plant immune signaling interact with $1

Competing signals: scientists explore how iron sensing and plant immune signaling interact with $1.2 million NSF grant

Bond LSC researchers Scott Peck (right) and David Mendoza (left) collaborate with MU biochemist Antje Heese in a new $1.2 million NSF grant. By Josie Heimsoth, Bond LSC Plants must integrate many environmental signals to successfully grow and reproduce. Three researchers at MU have recently discovered a new connection between some of these signals that…

Dec. 9, 2022

#IAmScience Longfei Wang

#IAmScience Longfei Wang

By Sarah Kiefer | Bond LSC Longfei Wang, like many, was in high school when he realized for the first time what he wanted to be when he grew up. In his case, it happened to be choosing the path of a biologist. His fascination with a well-known fundamental biological structure was the main factor…

Dec. 2, 2022

Understanding grass diversity: the key to increase crop yields

Understanding grass diversity: the key to increase crop yields

The mutant corn ear in the middle makes kernels in single rows rather than paired rows. The McSteen lab studies kernel development in this grass crop to one day help improve crop yields. | photo by Kristina Abovyan, Bond LSC by Kristina Abovyan, Bond LSC You might look at your yard and not think much…

Nov. 4, 2022

Complementary Crafts: New Bond LSC investigators bring dual microbiology projects to the center

Complementary Crafts: New Bond LSC investigators bring dual microbiology projects to the center

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Wendy and Bill Picking tackle a stomach-churning area of science. Fascinated by the bacterium responsible for bacillary dysentery, Bill studies its structure and function, while Wendy aims to use information on that same bacterium for healing. “I do the vaccine stuff, but he’s a protein chemist. So the proteins…

Oct. 11, 2022

Mendoza lab receives $200,000 Pew Charitable Trusts grant for plant microbe nutrition collaboration

Mendoza lab receives $200,000 Pew Charitable Trusts grant for plant microbe nutrition collaboration

Pew Charitable Trusts may be best known for its non-partisan think tank subsidiary that focuses on demographic and social science issues, but its mission to improve public policy and inform bleeds over into support for science. David Mendoza — a Bond Life Sciences Center principal investigator and associate professor of plant sciences in the College…

Sept. 30, 2022

#IAmScience: Jaime Barros-Rios

#IAmScience: Jaime Barros-Rios

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC When Jaime Barros-Rios explains his work to others, he says he studies how plants make wood. All plants — from oaks down to daffodils and clovers — do, in fact, make wood …. or at least components of it. That component is lignin, a functional unit of plant cell…

Sept. 15, 2022

Becoming distinguished: Mittler awarded Board of Curators’ academic honor

Becoming distinguished: Mittler awarded Board of Curators’ academic honor

By Roger Meissen | Bond LSC Bond Life Sciences Center’s Ron Mittler was recently named Curators’ Distinguished Professor by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators. This top honor is bestowed on professors for outstanding scholarship who have established substantial reputations within their field. “I am honored. Mizzou is such an amazing, supportive, and…

Sept. 13, 2022

Structural change: Singh moves into Bond LSC Investigator role with focus on drug and cellular interactions

Structural change: Singh moves into Bond LSC Investigator role with focus on drug and cellular interactions

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Kamlendra Singh sat down in his fourth floor office as a Bond LSC Investigator for the first time on September first after nearly 14 years at the Bond Life Sciences Center studying HIV, COVID-19 and how the right molecule can interact to fight disease. Designer compounds are Singh’s specialty,…

Aug. 26, 2022

#IAmScience: Negin Manshour

#IAmScience: Negin Manshour

Negin Manshour first stepped into biology research as an engineering student using robotic algorithms to simulate proteins. When she left academia for her nine-year career developing elevator systems, her fascination with biology never faded. “I always had it in my mind that I wanted to work with proteins or biological concepts,” Manshour said. Manshour, a…