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April 2, 2021

#IAmScience Nathan Bivens

#IAmScience Nathan Bivens

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC  With water up to his waist, Nathan Bivens is in his element fly fishing as he waits for a trout to grab onto the end of his line. Bivens picked up this hobby growing up in his hometown of Cassville, which is also where his path to the Bond…

March 19, 2021

#IAmScience Dangping Luo

#IAmScience Dangping Luo

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC The greenhouse isn’t a place most researchers linger. With condensation sticking to the glass windows, scientists usually don’t dawdle longer than 30 minutes in the heat and humidity. But Dangping Luo, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to mind and takes his time tending to his rice plants. A…

March 5, 2021

#IAmScience Shawn Thomas

#IAmScience Shawn Thomas

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Social media botany advocate and self-proclaimed coffee snob, Shawn Thomas is the kind of person to find joy in everything. Thomas graduated from the University of Georgia in spring 2018 and worked as a bioinformatics technician for a year with Jim Leebens-Mack before joining Chris Pires’ lab at Bond…

Feb. 19, 2021

#IAmScience Margaret Lange

#IAmScience Margaret Lange

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Building a community through screens and limited interaction can be difficult. However, it’s no problem for Margaret Lange at Bond Life Sciences Center. “I’ve met such wonderful people,” Lange said. “It really is true that if you surround yourself with the right kind of people who are positive, who…

Feb. 5, 2021

#IAmScience Shrikesh Sachdev

#IAmScience Shrikesh Sachdev

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC  Science is a pyramid. Every breakthrough and discovery are reached through incremental steps that build off the previous level. Shrikesh Sachdev, a senior research associate in the Michael Roberts lab, thoroughly understands this. “It takes many small steps to get to a treatment or a cure,” Sachdev said. “It…

Dec. 18, 2020

#IAmScience Caley Smith

#IAmScience Caley Smith

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC With her cheerful and friendly demeanor, graduate student Caley Smith can transform any rigid lab into a place of warmth and scientific excitement. In 2017, Smith was searching for a lab on campus where she could explore the world of genetics. “It was probably not until high school biology…

Oct. 30, 2020

#IAmScience Mona Kacher

#IAmScience Mona Kacher

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC  Years ago, when career technician Mona Kacher was still in school, her science teacher asked their students who wanted to dissect a salamander first. Some students were hesitant, others excited, but no one more excited than Kacher who had already raised her hand. Originally, Kacher was a medical technician…

Oct. 16, 2020

#IAmScience Alana Rodney

#IAmScience Alana Rodney

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Research assistant Alana Rodney walked into her high school science class a few years ago expecting to fill another credit. However, it was there that she found her love of genetics. “I just remember doing the lab and I learned how to use a pipette,” Rodney said. “I was…

Sept. 18, 2020

#IAmScience Kinjal Majumder

#IAmScience Kinjal Majumder

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC It was another day in the lab. Kinjal Majumder, a postdoctoral fellow in the David Pintel lab at Bond Life Sciences Center, was working on his research and stopped to check his email. At that moment, he found out he just won a $700,000 grant from the National Institutes…

May 29, 2020

#IAmScience Landon Swartz

#IAmScience Landon Swartz

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Landon Swartz, undergraduate student researcher, is motivated by a simple desire — to help others through the power of computer engineering. Coming from Springfield, Missouri, Swartz decided to go to Mizzou in 2017. “I chose engineering,” Swartz said. “It fits my idea of solving problems, but also lets me…