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Feb. 12, 2021

#IAmScience Shuai Zeng

#IAmScience Shuai Zeng

By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC It’s not a straight line between basic research and Silicon Valley, but Shuai Zeng made the dots connect. Last summer, Zeng, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, had an internship at Google headquarters in Mountain View City, California, where he worked on an applied research team. There, he helped…

Feb. 9, 2021

Gassmann Named Permanent Director of Bond LSC

Gassmann Named Permanent Director of Bond LSC

Yesterday, Tom Spencer, MU’s interim vice chancellor for research and economic development, officially named Bond LSC Interim Director Walter Gassman to the permanent director role. Below is Spencer’s announcement.   Colleagues, Today, I am pleased to announce that Walter Gassmann, professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and a member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group,…

Feb. 2, 2021

BIPS: Bringing Plant Science and Engineering Together

BIPS: Bringing Plant Science and Engineering Together

Nick Dietz and Marianne Slaten observing a plant in the lab. | photo by Becca Wolf, Bond LSC By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC Technology advancements have always driven scientific discoveries in order to perform in depth research, but that has never been more true today. “A couple of decades ago it was perfectly fine…

Jan. 29, 2021

#IAmScience Michael Pisias

#IAmScience Michael Pisias

By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC Michael Pisias came to realize that he wanted to study polyploidy while sitting in an undergraduate genetics lecture class at California State University-Sacramento (CSUS) a few years ago. This unique phenomenon is when the cells of an organism have more than two paired sets of chromosomes, which intrigued Pisias.…

Jan. 22, 2021

Bond LSC Alumnus Celebrates Black Botanists Through Social Media Initiative

Bond LSC Alumnus Celebrates Black Botanists Through Social Media Initiative

Morgan Halane, Bond Life Sciences Center alumnus, visits his former middle school to get students interested in botany. | photo contributed by Morgan Halane, Bond LSC. By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC It seems most people grow out of bombarding their parents with millions of questions. However, plant biologist Morgan Halane never could shake the…

Jan. 15, 2021

#IAmScience Leland Cseke

#IAmScience Leland Cseke

By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC In a cluttered basement in Dearborn, Michigan, one could find Leland Cseke conducting amateur plant tissue culture experiments on his family’s pool table as a child. These attempted experiments consisted of whatever he could find around the house, such as gelatin mix, items from his mother’s bathroom, and motors…

Dec. 22, 2020

Finding how a Virus Navigates the Nucleus of a Cell

Finding how a Virus Navigates the Nucleus of a Cell

Kinjal Majumder and David Pintel | photo by Roger Meissen, Bond LSC By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC Four years of hard work certainly paid off for Kinjal Majumder. Majumder, a former postdoctoral fellow in the Pintel lab at Bond Life Sciences Center, spent the past four years looking at how the parvovirus, Minute Virus…

Dec. 11, 2020

#IAmScience Zhentian Lei

#IAmScience Zhentian Lei

By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC Columbia has been very different than Ardmore, Oklahoma, for Zhentian Lei. But the move from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, a nonprofit agricultural research center, to Bond Life Sciences Center has been a good one for the researcher. “I like it here much better,” Lei said. “The town that…

Dec. 4, 2020

#IAmScience Toshi Ezashi

#IAmScience Toshi Ezashi

By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC Despite his quiet demeanor, Toshi Ezashi leaves an impression on those who meet him in the halls of Bond LSC through his quiet intensity and constant courtesy. The research professor was here before the “Joy of Discovery” sculpture in the atrium was built or the living plant wall was…

Dec. 3, 2020

Connecting the World Through the Cloud

Connecting the World Through the Cloud

Maria Lusardi-Claire, an undergraduate student in the Mendoza lab, uses the cloud, a program apart of CyVerse. | photo by Becca Wolf, Bond LSC By Becca Wolf | Bond LSC Clouds come in many shapes and sizes. Some are big and fluffy, others dark and ominous. Or, as in David Mendoza’s case, the cloud is…