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#IAmScience Sarah Unruh

#IAmScience Sarah Unruh

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC Orchids are just weird. No, like really weird, even bizarre. But sixth-year biological sciences Ph.D. student Sarah Unruh likes bizarre things. “Name me a plant rule and I can tell you how orchids have broken them,” Unruh said. “Not all of them have leaves, a lot grow on top…

#IAmScience Nikita Gudekar

#IAmScience Nikita Gudekar

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC You’ve probably seen TV in shows like Law & Order or CSI and not viewed them as career inspiration. But for graduate student Nikita Gudekar, all she could think about was the science behind their techniques. As a child, Gudekar thought she could use the scientific techniques to catch…

#IAmScience Monir Shababi

#IAmScience Monir Shababi

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC Research Assistant Professor Monir Shababi and mothers of SMARD children started out as friends on Facebook. Now, they’re friends for a lifetime. It was an unexpected turn for someone who spends most of her professional life in a lab. SMARD1 is an acronym for the rare genetic neuromuscular disease…

#IAmScience Will Costigan

#IAmScience Will Costigan

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC When Will Costigan came to MU he knew he wanted to do research, but wasn’t sure what exactly. Costigan joined Freshman Research in Plant Sciences (FRIPS) the first moment he could his freshman year to explore his research options. “When I started, I didn’t think I was interested in…

#IAmScience Amanda Blythe

#IAmScience Amanda Blythe

 By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC You could credit a high school career fair to Amanda Blythe’s early success or simply luck. Either way, Blythe was younger than most when her research was first published. “I found a program at Washington University over the summer before my senior year of high school,” Blythe said. “They…

New faculty eager to enhance collaborative mission at Bond LSC

New faculty eager to enhance collaborative mission at Bond LSC

Wes Warren (left), Bing Yang (middle) and Ron Mittler (right) recently joined Bond LSC as primary investigators. | photos by Erica Overfelt and Roger Meissen, Bond LSC By Roger Meissen | Bond LSC Like with any family, a new addition brings possibility and excitement. For Bond LSC, three new faculty promise to enrich research at…

#IAmScience Toni Morcos

#IAmScience Toni Morcos

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC Science and spaghetti are an unlikely combination. For Toni Morcos, this combination led her to research. “Growing up, my dad researched muscular dystrophy and my mom was an OB-GYN,” Morcos said. “Every night, my mom would talk about her surgeries that day then my dad would talk about this…

#IAmScience Juexin Wang

#IAmScience Juexin Wang

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC Boring may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of someone’s research story. But for Juexin Wang, it was a dull job that steered him toward research. “My undergrad was in Beijing, I was studying computer science,” Wang said. “After I finished my undergrad…

#IAmScience Ron Mittler

#IAmScience Ron Mittler

By Erica Overfelt | Bond LSC Ron Mittler always thought he would be a veterinarian, until he was exposed to the lab. “I went to school to be a vet,” Mittler said. “I made the mistake of working in the lab to make money in the summer and I got hooked on research. I worked…

MU researchers develop gene therapy vector in quest to conquer devastating childhood disease

MU researchers develop gene therapy vector in quest to conquer devastating childhood disease

For scientists, studying a disease presents a puzzle looking for an answer, but there are real people behind the research that may one day cure the illnesses that turned their lives upside down. Chris Lorson and Monir Shababi work on one of these puzzles in Bond LSC. Find out more about their work and the…