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A Dual Focus: MU researcher earns $181,734 NIH grant and U.S. Public Health Service Award for COVID-19 research in the lab and on campus

A Dual Focus: MU researcher earns $181,734 NIH grant and U.S. Public Health Service Award for COVID-19 research in the lab and on campus

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Cynthia Tang is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Wan lab. Photo by Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Cynthia Tang’s academic career is marked by her propensity to multitask. From earning a major and three minors during her undergrad to making a documentary while getting lab and clinical experience, she…

#IAmScience: Sam Yanders

#IAmScience: Sam Yanders

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC When Samantha Yanders stepped to the front of Monsanto Auditorium, she followed presentations from two researchers with three degrees each. Yanders only had three years of undergraduate research experience. Nevertheless, she pinned the microphone to her tie, ran her fingers through her short curly hair, and explained her research…

Stacked stress: climate escalation increasingly compound plant mortality

Stacked stress: climate escalation increasingly compound plant mortality

By Karly Balslew | Bond LSC If the world can be taxing on a person as pressure mounts, just think about how stress must feel to plants. Humans can add a layer of clothing when cold or get a glass of water when thirsty, but plants do not share this simple luxury and must endure…

Seeing the bigger picture through applied research projects

Seeing the bigger picture through applied research projects

Investigators at Bond LSC take steps to apply basic research By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Photo by Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Scribbling in a lab notebook and planning experiments tucked between shelves of equipment, it’s easy to fixate on day-to-day lab operations. But scientists also face the challenge of finding how research can…

Picture-Perfect Science: Contest highlights best microscopic images of the year

Picture-Perfect Science: Contest highlights best microscopic images of the year

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC One step into the Advanced Light Microscopy Core (ALMC) sounds an automated bell prompting Alexander Jurkevich, the core’s director, to step out of his corner office into the open square room. With a friendly smile, Jurkevich coordinates biologists across MU’s campus to reveal the wonders of the microscopic world.…

#IAmScience: Mengran Yang

#IAmScience: Mengran Yang

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Mengran Yang sat perched on a stool too tall for the cart of lush green tobacco plants in front of her. Behind towering shelves of lab equipment, she hunched over the plants and steadily pricked each leaf with a syringe. Yang works with Arabidopsis and tobacco plants to learn…

#IAmScience: Leah Lepore

#IAmScience: Leah Lepore

By Karly Balslew | Bond LSC Exploring new places and diving into the world of the unknown can be intimidating. At a young age, Leah Lepore was immersed in this world and grew to love it. “The first time I left the country was to travel to Japan and it was an incredible culture shock,”…

Protein or Poison? Research into seed composition shows potential uses as protein source or insecticide

Protein or Poison? Research into seed composition shows potential uses as protein source or insecticide

Hari Krishnan holds a handful of A. pavonina seeds. Known for their bright color, the seeds are known among many Asian and African communities as coming from the red bead tree. Photo by Cara Penquite | Bond LSC By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC An energetic and fulfilling day starts with a spread of healthy…

#IAmScience: Aijing Feng

#IAmScience: Aijing Feng

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC Growing up in a humble beach town in China, Aijing Feng dreamed of following the footsteps of her idol and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Now halfway around the globe nimbly tapping a keyboard in her cubicle at the Bond Life Sciences Center, she realizes the shortcomings of her tech-giant…

Receptors Found to Help Patients with Sjögren’s Disease

Receptors Found to Help Patients with Sjögren’s Disease

The Baker lab poses for a group photograph. The lab has been working with specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators in efforts to help patients with Sjögren’s Disease. Photo by Karly Balslew, Bond LSC By Karly Balslew | Bond LSC Saliva is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about eating our…