Cross-Disciplinary Talk and Collaboration: From Scientific Discovery to Biotech Product
This diverse community of undergraduates and faculty advisers will engage in disciplinary crosstalk—spanning agricultural economics, agribusiness management and medical/insect/plant science. Student scientists will test hypotheses on how a soybean protein functions as an insecticide and as an inflammatory agent in mammals. Medical, insect and plant investigators will “cross-talk” with each other and with students from Agriculture and Applied Economics. The students will question the desirability, process and challenges in moving a discovery or potential product from a science lab to market. Participating students will understand the process and execution of science (basic and translational), how science is a generator of marketable biotech product(s) and opportunities for international collaboration.
Mentors: Joe Polacco (Biochemistry), Gary Weisman (Biochemistry; Nutrition & Exercise Physiology), Qisheng Song (Entomology; Plant Sciences), Fabio Chaddad (Agricultural & Applied Economics), María Rodríguez-Alcalá (Agricultural & Applied Economics)
Semesters: Fall 2011 - Spring 2012