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#IAmScience Saad Raza

#IAmScience Saad Raza

By Sarah Kiefer It all started with the glow of a blacklight. In a simple experiment in high school biology, DNA from a jellyfish was put into the bacteria E. coli demonstrating the basics of genetic engineering. Saad Raza was hooked. Science became something that would fascinate and inspire him simultaneously. “I just thought that…

#IAmScience Natalie Arnold

#IAmScience Natalie Arnold

By Sarah Kiefer Nylon, ribbon and cotton are just some of the materials that make up cosplay costumes that fill convention centers. Natalie Arnold often participates in these conventions, picking new, fictitious characters to bring to life in costume form. She enjoys the imaginative layers that it adds to her work. Arnold has always been a theater…

#IAmScience Samuel Anakpeba-Dinguyella

#IAmScience Samuel Anakpeba-Dinguyella

By Sarah Kiefer Summer break. For most students it’s a time to relax and unwind from school, but for Samuel Anakpeba-Dinguyella, he saw it as an opportunity to exercise his creativity in new and inventive ways. “My mom was washing dishes and I was in the living room. I was just messing around,” Anakpeba-Dinguyella said.…

#IAmScience Kevin Muñoz Forti

#IAmScience Kevin Muñoz Forti

By Sarah Kiefer Barriers in science can come in many different forms, whether it be through the force of a magnetic field, an experiment gone awry or communication between people. Kevin Muñoz Forti makes it a part of his daily work to break down these issues and work towards solutions. Muñoz Forti facilitates a system…

#IAmScience Maggs X

#IAmScience Maggs X

By Sarah Kiefer Musical notes once filled Maggs X’s mind, when they were preparing to be an opera singer and showcased their voice to all who would listen. Now, instead of reading sheet music, X reads the gene expression profiles collected from the organs of Mexican cavefish. But they wouldn’t have it any other way.…

#IAmScience Grant Zane

#IAmScience Grant Zane

By Sarah Kiefer Thousands of cells are made into gel-emulsified droplets and are quickly surrounded in a bed of oil — all in a day’s work for Grant Zane. Grant Zane is a research specialist lead at the University of Missouri Genomics Technology Core in Bond LSC where he performs these types of experiments and…

MizzouForward hire Ganta paves way for new research on tick-borne diseases at Bond LSC

MizzouForward hire Ganta paves way for new research on tick-borne diseases at Bond LSC

Roman Ganta, Bond LSC principal investigator and professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC By Sarah Kiefer Most people don’t find their area of research by contracting a disease, but Roman Ganta did. When Ganta caught malaria in graduate school, the illness plagued him…

Yang uses CRISPR-Cas9 technology to fight bacterial infections in plants

Yang uses CRISPR-Cas9 technology to fight bacterial infections in plants

Bing Yang, a Bond Life Sciences Center researcher and MU professor of plant sciences. | Photo by Josie Heimsoth By Josie Heimsoth | Bond LSC When it comes to making better crops, CRISPR-Cas9 based gene editing have revolutionized plant science with its ability to more precisely and quickly alter plant DNA. But the technology can…

#IAmScience Clement Bagaza

#IAmScience Clement Bagaza

By Sarah Kiefer  Arabidopsis may just look like a small, kelly-green weed to the naked eye, but this plant holds a particular importance in the lab. For first-generation college student, Clement Bagaza, it’s part of why he moved to the United States. Coming from Rwanda, Africa, he found an opportunity to study plants and experience…

Gangwani joins Bond LSC to expand neurodegenerative research for Mizzou Forward

Gangwani joins Bond LSC to expand neurodegenerative research for Mizzou Forward

Bond Life Sciences principal investigator, Laxman Gangwani. | Photo by Josie Heimsoth, Bond LSC By Josie Heimsoth | Bond LSC Laxman Gangwani had a choice to make in January of last year. His old friend, Chris Lorson had an opportunity at MU that was difficult to pass up. Gangwani and Lorson, principal investigator at Bond…