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Preparing for the Dental Field

Nutrition and exercise physiology (NEP), biochemistry offer students a pathway to careers in the medical field, including dentistry

With 14 unique programs, a degree from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) prepares students for careers in a variety of fields. CAFNR alumni impact the largest industries and address the most significant challenges in the world today, including animal and human health, environmental sustainability, food nutrition, tourism and agricultural policy. Two of those…

Enhancing Education

CAFNR secures nearly $700,000 to enhance teaching and learning for students

Late last year, as part of the University of Missouri’s mission to strengthen student success, Mizzou offered funding opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. CAFNR faculty submitted a total of nine proposals – and earned funding on all of their submissions. The nearly $700,000 in investments ranged from technology upgrades in classrooms to new laboratory equipment. All six of CAFNR’s…

Building a Research Footprint

Kristen Barwick, junior biochemistry major, secured two national awards this summer

When Kristen Barwick made the decision to attend the University of Missouri, her primary goal was to get into a research laboratory. Barwick enjoyed biology and chemistry as a high school student and developed an interest in research after listening to a professor describe their research endeavors. “I honestly didn’t even know research was an option until my senior year…

An Outstanding Honor

Four biochemistry students earned Mizzou '39 honors in March

In March, the Mizzou Alumni Association and Alumni Association Student Board named the 2022 Mizzou 18 Award and Mizzou ’39 Award recipients. In the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors each year. Recipients are chosen…

Senior Spotlight: Laith Almashharawi

Almashharawi will graduate with degrees in biochemistry and film studies

The son of a physician, Laith Almashharawi chose the pre-med path when he made the decision to attend the University of Missouri, and the biochemistry degree program at MU offered him exactly what he was looking for. Almashharawi grew up in Columbia and attended Rock Bridge High School, and said Mizzou was his first choice when it came to secondary…

Scott Peck Receives Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty as Part of 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Scott Peck, professor of biochemistry and member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG), received the 2022 Mumford Award for Outstanding Faculty during CAFNR’s Celebration of Excellence ceremony held April 19. Peck’s research focuses on plants’ recognition and response to bacterial pathogens, as well as how plants adapt to grow under drought conditions. He was named a fellow of the American…

Antje Heese Receives 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award at Celebration of Excellence

Antje Heese, associate professor of biochemistry, received the 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award as part of CAFNR’s Celebration of Excellence. She was honored at the 2022 in-person ceremony Tuesday, April 19. Heese received her master’s degree in plant physiology and biochemistry from Ruhr-Universität in Germany and her PhD in botany and plant pathology from Michigan State University. She joined the…

Marie Dickerson Receives Outstanding Staff Award as Part of 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Marie Dickerson is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award, presented by the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council as part of CAFNR’s Celebration of Excellence April 19. Marie, a research specialist senior, has worked in the Division of Biochemistry for 10 years. Since 2015, she has served as building coordinator for buildings managed by Biochemistry, as well as supported undergraduate…

CAFNR Students Present During Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Four CAFNR students participated in the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 11, in Jefferson City. A total of 11 projects were shared with legislators during the event. Brogan Eyre, a senior majoring in plant sciences, presented on the efficacy of selected fungicides for the protection of wine grapes in Missouri. Lydia Jefferson, a senior studying environmental…

Sophomore Biochemistry Student Kristen Barwick Earns NSF-Funded Travel Grant

Kristen Barwick, a sophomore studying biochemistry, was recently awarded an NSF-funded travel grant for $1,500 to present her research project, as a poster, at the 2022 Plant Cell Biology International Conference in August. The conference will be held in Chania (Crete, Greece) and is focused on advancing the intellectual exchange between laboratories, enhancing the cultural understanding of the next generation…