Dr. Chris Pires named 2017 Eisenstark Faculty Fellow

Dr. Abraham Eisenstark served as Director of the Division of Biological Sciences from 1971 to 1980. During his tenure at MU, he received both the Byler Distinguished Professor Award and the Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of his scientific and teaching excellence. He currently is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences as well as Research Director for Columbia’s Cancer Research Center. Dr. Hartman established this endowment in recognition of the positive impact Dr. Eisenstark has had (and continues to have) on multitudes of students and the contributions he has made to the Division. In addition to honoring Dr. Eisenstark, Dr. Hartman wished for the endowment to enhance and strengthen MU’s position among its peers in the American Association of Universities (AAU) by recognizing and rewarding outstanding faculty who, like his mentor, excel in teaching, research, and service. AAU universities are key players that set higher education and research agendas for the nation, and MU’s membership enables significant impacts in Missouri and beyond.


Congrats to Julia Brose for Honorable Mention for Goldwater Scholarship 2017 – only 1 of 2 at MU !

Julia Brose

Julia Brose

Nationally, over 1000 students from 470 colleges and universities competed for the prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Of those students, just 240 were named as Goldwater Scholars and 307 identified as Honorable Mentions. We are so proud of Julia to have earned honorable mention and to be only one of two at MIZZOU to achieve such an accolade!




Spring Planting Has Begun!

Pires lab members show up in force to partake in spring planting for Shawn’s common garden experiment! It may be hard work, but we had fun doing it!

Sarah Gebken is accepted to John Hopkins for REU!

Sarah Gebken

Sarah Gebken

Our own undergraduate Sarah Gebken has just accepted a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at John Hopkins for the summer! Sarah hopes that by working with graduate students and facility who study human health that she will gain clarity for her emphasis within the field of Bioengineering. Congrats Sarah!

See more about Sarah’s story here .

Welcome Dr. Ruma Devi!

Ruma Devi

In August, we welcomed visiting scholar Dr. Ruma Devi! Ruma is an assistant professor from the Department of Vegetable Science at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. While visiting the Pires lab Ruma will be working to make double haploid (DH) lines in Cauliflower. We are having a great time learning how to take better care of the plants, her methods for making DH lines, and all about the wonderful celebrations in India!


Congratulations Dr. An and Dr. Washburn!!

Lab Members Hong An and Jacob Washburn successfully defend their dissertations! Congrats guys!

Science on Tap!

Four Pires lab members present their favorite topics at Science on Tap, a science communication program that takes place at local bars!

Watch Andrea discuss her presentation with Columbia’s own Paul Pepper (starts at 3:40).