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May 5, 2023

#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.…

April 28, 2023

#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…

April 21, 2023

#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.…

April 14, 2023

#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…

April 12, 2023

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…

April 11, 2023

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…

April 7, 2023

#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…

April 3, 2023

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…

March 24, 2023

#IAmScience Kristyn Conrad

#IAmScience Kristyn Conrad

By Sarah Kiefer Whether it’s on the tennis court or in the lab, Kristyn Conrad keeps a firm grip on her plans for the future. One way she maintains her goal-oriented mindset is in the lab doing cancer research. “This type of work makes me feel amazing. I don’t know how else to describe it,…

March 17, 2023

#IAmScience Dario Alavez Mercado

#IAmScience Dario Alavez Mercado

By Sarah Kiefer | Bond LSC With a few clicks and taps on a cellphone, the timeline of a seedling of corn is preserved forever. Dario Alavez Mercado is responsible for this simple yet effective method of recording the growth of corn from seedling to maturity. “I know that only by understanding the things that…