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April 29, 2022

#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…

April 23, 2022

#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,”…

April 15, 2022

#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…

March 25, 2022

#IAmScience: Kathryn Vanden Hoek

#IAmScience: Kathryn Vanden Hoek

By Karly Balslew | Bond LSC Kathryn Vanden Hoek proves that it is never too early to dive into research if you have a passion for it. The undergraduate research assistant started hands-on research her freshman year through the Freshman Research in Plants Programs (FRIPS). This program introduces new students to plant research and exposes…

March 11, 2022

#IAmScience: Juliette Baker

#IAmScience: Juliette Baker

By: Karly Balslew | Bond LSC Science and art may feel like completely separate departments but for research scientist Juliette Baker, this couldn’t be further than the truth. Her mom is a graphic designer and fueled her passion for art while Baker’s own love for science fused the two worlds together. She even drew a…

Feb. 25, 2022

#I Am Science Mariam Teme

#I Am Science Mariam Teme

By: Karly Balslew | Bond LSC Mariam Teme’s passion for plants started while growing up in Mali, West Africa, as she watched her father — an agricultural economist — interact with plants daily in the lush area where she grew up. “It’s like my own little bubble of peace when I’m surrounded by plants,” Teme…

Feb. 18, 2022

#IAmScience Reinier Suarez

#IAmScience Reinier Suarez

By Cara Penquite | Bond LSC When one of Reinier Suarez’s undergraduate professors suggested he go to graduate school, he was confused. “I had never heard of a Ph.D. in my life,” Suarez said. Three years later, Suarez is a first-year graduate student studying COVID-19 variants. Suarez came to Mizzou as part of the university’s…

Dec. 3, 2021

#IAmScience Harim Dos Santos

#IAmScience Harim Dos Santos

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Don’t mistake Harim Dos Santos’ kind demeanor and introspective silence for a lack of ambition. On the contrary, his head is full of reflection and big dreams. Coming from Brazil, Dos Santos has achieved quite a few of those dreams including researching at an American university. Dos Santos is…

Nov. 19, 2021

#IAmScience Qiongying Yang

#IAmScience Qiongying Yang

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC  In the mornings after her usual walk on the local trails, research technician Qiongying Yang heads to the Kamlendra Singh lab. Her desk is surrounded by large empty beakers and the windowsill houses two big, beautiful flowerpots she gave her desk mate. Her soft-spoken manner, warmth and mathematical talent…

Nov. 4, 2021

#IAmScience Clayton Rushford

#IAmScience Clayton Rushford

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Clayton Rushford isn’t one to complain. While in the Marc Johnson lab at the Bond Life Sciences Center, he’s the guy cheering up lab mates when experiments fail or going with the flow when he must repeat an experiment for the fifth time. As long as he’s doing science,…