Teen Science Cafe—Seeding the Future: Plant Breeding and Genetic Modification
Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pmFree
Monsanto Company Chesterfield Campus (PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL after registering for a CONFIRMATION with IMPORTANT INFORMATION on liability waiver and photo i.d. requirements, driving directions, parking, student drop-off and pick-up, and campus building location for this cafe!)
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and ALL area middle and high school students. Registration required. Advance registration for Junior Academy members ONLY through Saturday, February 17. General registration opens Sunday, February 18.
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6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities
Featured Cafe Presenter: Lisa Kanizay, Ph.D., Reproductive Biology Scientist, Monsanto Company
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.
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 my BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Denver. I went on to get my Ph.D. 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 was hired as a scientist on the corn double haploid optimization team at Monsanto, where I now work as a scientist on a genome biology team. 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.