Shuai Li: A Passion for Plant Physiology

Getting your hands dirty is at the top of a plant physiologist’s job description. Shuai Li knows this better than anyone, but his love for the research makes hard work well worth the while.

Joe Zimmerman: Working in a Field of Dreams

“A lot of my roots and specialties are in setting up field trials and being out in the field and collecting data and harvesting materials. That’s what I’m passionate about.”

Yoel Cortes-Peña: Finding Sustainability in Life & Lab

Master’s student’s definition of sustainability: “Thinking about the future, using resources wisely, and creating diverse possibilities.”

Arian Ghorbanpour: The Revolutionary Power of Green Chemistry

Postdoc emphasizes the importance of holistic sustainability, stressing that while biologically derived chemicals must be cutting-edge in terms of function, they must be financially competitive as well.

A Love for Nature: Caitlin Moore Uses Micrometeorology to Study Crops, Fields

Postdoc’s work with CABBI revolves around a set of flux towers at the University of Illinois Energy Farm and at a site in Florida, measuring how carbon dioxide and water are exchanged between plants and the atmosphere.

Jing-Jing Liu: A Genuine Love for the Laboratory

If you made a movie about Jing-Jing Liu’s life story, the University of Illinois’ IGB Lab 1200 would be the perfect backdrop for filming. Falling in love, pregnancies, and raising her children dance around the research, engineering, and innovations that mark her adult...

A Beautiful Song: Yong-Su Jin Embraces Science and Art of Metabolic Engineering

As a researcher, Yong-Su Jin sees both science and art in his work. He sees science in the measuring, testing and theorizing. But in the creativity and passion that his field requires, he sees art.

Tong Si: Bioengineering is in his Genes

While most children were building race tracks, Lego cities, and sandcastles, Tong Si was really interested in one thing: tearing them apart. Fascinated at a young age by what things are made of, he liked to break things apart to figure out how they work. Si naturally...

Stephen Moose: Bringing Science Back to the Farm

After growing up on a farm in Ohio, becoming interested in genetics at a young age, and spending time working in industry, Moose is now a researcher at Illinois who is proud of the fact that he knows how to grow crops like a farmer does.

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