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This page was created to celebrate the perspectives of our community members who want to share a little bit about their stories and lives. We recognize that the range of life experiences represented in our community is much less diverse than the State of Michigan or the United States as a whole, and that continuous effort and concrete actions are necessary to correct this. Consequently, by sharing our profiles, we hope to forge new connections based on common interests and experiences. Please contact Dr. Michaela TerAvest if you are a member of the BMB communitiy and you'd like to share your story! (updated Nov 20, 2020)
Please visit the webpage for the BMB DEI committee and College of Natural Science DEI website to learn about specific actions related to hiring, admissions, and community support.
Sophia Lunt - BMB Community Profile Sophia Lunt - BMB Community Profile

Sophia overcame discrimination as a young person to become an award-winning professor who studies how metabolism affects human disease 

Amy Ralston - BMB Community Profile Amy Ralston - BMB Community Profile

Amy's life long love of developmental biology began with a job as an undergraduate dishwasher in a university biology lab

Michaela TerAvest - BMB Community Profile Michaela TerAvest - BMB Community Profile

Mentoring and exploring many career options helped Michaela become an innovative researcher who engineers microbes for bioenergy production 

Erich Grotewold - BMB Community Profile Erich Grotewold - BMB Community Profile

Trained as a chemist in Argentina, Erich continues to move west and north as he tries to decipher the secrets of the regulation of plant gene expression

Rob Last - BMB Community Profile Rob Last - BMB Community Profile

An early love of organic chemistry and ornithology lead to Rob becoming a highly successful scientist and a leader in his field while generating support for underrepresented/marginalized people in STEM

Jenn Watts - BMB Community Profile Jenn Watts - BMB Community Profile

As a young scientist inspired by technical advances in developmental biology, Jenn seeks to ask why diseases differentially impact people and communities

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603 Wilson Road, Rm 212
East Lansing, MI 48824

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