Upcoming Cafes

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February 2018 Cafe: Seeding the Future: Plant Breeding & Genetic Modification

Featured Cafe Presenter: Lisa Kanizay, Ph.D., Reproductive Biology Scientist, Monsanto Company

Cafe Topic:
Modern breeding relies on many tools and technologies to produce plant varieties that provide farmers and growers with predictable, consistent results. Today scientists use everything from machine learning to naturally occurring biological processes, such as haploid induction, (a process used to speed plant breeding) to create these varieties. Try out some of the plant breeding methods scientists use in this hands-on cafe for teens and discuss genetic modification and what those words mean to a scientist.

About the Presenter:

photo of Lisa (1)I have always had an interest in science and learning about the world around me. I started working in labs on campus my freshman year of college, and received myBS in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Denver. I went on to get my PhD in plant biology at the University of Georgia where I studied chromosomes and cell division in corn under the advisement of Kelly Dawe. After graduating I did a post doc in Wayne Parrott’s lab working to characterize and further develop a transposon tagging mutant population in soybean for the soybean research community to use.

In 2014 I got hired as a scientist on the corn double haploid optimization team at Monsanto. Currently I work as a scientist on a genome biology team at Monsanto. In my current role, I focus on testing ways to speed up and improve traditional plant breeding. Part of this work involves understanding various aspects of basic biology, like what happens when cells divide and fuse during reproduction. The other part involves understanding and improving the logistics of the breeding and testing pipeline model used at Monsanto. Outside of work, I have many other interests. I particularly enjoy taking and teaching aerial arts classes. I also love to cook and spend time outdoors with my husband and our dog.

 

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3 Cafe Dates, Times & Locations!

RSVP to YOUR cafe below.

Saint Louis Science Center Teen Science Cafe 

Date:
Thursday, February 15th

Time:
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Location:
Monsanto Company
700 Chesterfield Pkwy W
Chesterfield, MO 63017

This event is free, but registration is required.

RSVP HERE 

Cahokia High School Teen Science Cafe

Date:
Wednesday, February 21

Time:
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Location:
Monsanto Company
700 Chesterfield Pkwy W
Chesterfield, MO 63017

This event is free, but registration is required.
RSVP to Annamary King @akingwx@gmail.com

Academy of Science – St. Louis Teen Science Cafe

Date:
Wednesday, February 28th

Time:
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

Location:
Monsanto Company
700 Chesterfield Pkwy W
Chesterfield, MO 63017

This event is free, but registration is required.

RSVP HERE

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