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#IAmScience Maddy Creach

#IAmScience Maddy Creach

“Science is concrete, but it isn’t rigid. Research is constantly new and fresh.” By Danielle Pycior | Bond LSC For Maddy Creach, a scientific career was always the end goal, and television and books have played a part in that inspiration. When she was a kid, her “big science nerd” of a dad watched NOVA…

#IAmScience Sharon Pike

#IAmScience Sharon Pike

By Mariah Cox | Bond LSC Sharon Pike grew up in an era that didn’t encourage young girls to pursue fields predominantly occupied by men. Through trial and error in various careers, she eventually landed a spot as a lab technician at MU in 1985. Since then, she found her passion and voice in science,…

#IamScience Paul Martin 

#IamScience Paul Martin 

By Danielle Pycior | Bond LSC Two years ago, Paul Martin found his love for biology in a freshman-level non-majors course. He’s now a researcher in Walter Gassmann’s lab helping to study transcription factors that regulate a plant’s immune response to bacterial pathogens.  Martin grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, near Arrowhead Stadium and has…

Nature’s cinema: New technique allows plant imaging in real-time

Nature’s cinema: New technique allows plant imaging in real-time

The September issue of Molecular Plant depicts a plant fluorescing in response to reactive oxygen species propogation taken by Yosef Fichman of the Mittler Lab. By Mariah Cox | Bond LSC Plant biologists across the country opened their mailboxes last month to the glowing leaves of Arabidopsis on the cover of the latest issue of…

#IAmScience Fernanda Amaral

#IAmScience Fernanda Amaral

By Mariah Cox | Bond LSC Growing up on farm in Brazil, Fernanda Amaral often wondered why her father had to treat the soil with nitrogen fertilizer between growing cycles. She questioned why the soil wasn’t enough to consistently provide crops the nutrients they needed to grow and flourish. Amaral remembers her father explaining soybeans…

Homegrown researcher

Homegrown researcher

Years at MU lands student turned faculty tenure-track position Maggie Lange-Osborn is a newly appointed assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. | Photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC By Mariah Cox | Bond LSC Where can passion, hard work and more than a decade worth of experience get you? They landed…

Regulating a balance between protection and growth

Regulating a balance between protection and growth

By Danielle Pycior | Bond LSC It’s a sensitive balance between growth and defense when it comes to plants. While a built-in, passive immune system helps them survive attackers, this response halts the growth and development of the plant, something that fascinates Ben Spears in the lab of Walter Gassmann at Bond LSC. “In our…

#IAmScience Saurav Sarma

#IAmScience Saurav Sarma

By Danielle Pycior | Bond LSC Saurav Sarma grew up amongst tea plantations and medicinal plants in the northeastern corner of India near Tibet, a state called Assam. His day-to-day observations of the plants sparked a curiosity that eventually led him to a career looking at the chemical building blocks behind it all in the…

A passion for teaching rooted in research

A passion for teaching rooted in research

Amanda Paz Herrera extends her passion for research to teaching others when teaching science. | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC By Mariah Cox | Bond LSC Dry erase markers and Styrofoam molecular models are a part of Amanda Paz Herrera’s repertoire when teaching complex scientific processes to the average person. Teaching the next generation…

#IAmScience Jared Ellingsen

#IAmScience Jared Ellingsen

By Mariah Cox | Bond LSC #IAmScience because I have always wanted to understand how the world works and science is a way to do that at the most foundational level. Certainty hasn’t come easy to Jared Ellingsen, but in retrospect, his path to grad school in biochemistry has involved a long series of pieces…