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We hope you will join us October 5, 2023, for the third annual CAFNR Research Symposium, presented by the CAFNR Research Council, to see how CAFNR faculty, staff and graduate students are working to solve the biggest problems in our world today – feeding the world and keeping it healthy. Events will begin at 9 a.m. in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union; a poster session and reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., with award winners announced at 5 p.m.

Faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in each of our six divisions will give poster presentations and talks. The keynote speaker is Manjit K. Misra, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA, and a CAFNR alumnus. This event is free and open to the public.  


9 a.m. Opening Remarks
N201 Memorial Union
Dr. Shibu Jose
, Associate Dean for Research, CAFNR
Dr. Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean, CAFNR
Dr. Tom Spencer, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Missouri


9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote - “Good Health Begins with a Seed in the Soil,” Dr. Manjit Misra, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA
N201 Memorial Union


10:30 a.m. - Noon Session One
N201 Memorial Union


10:30 a.m. In the hunt for new therapeutic targets and strategies to insulin re-sensitize the endothelium in obesity and type 2 diabetes
Dr. Jaume Padilla, Division of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences


10:55 a.m. Developing Novel Strategies to Enhance the Resilience of Crops to Stress
Dr. Ron Mittler, Division of Plant Science and Technology


11:20 a.m. Novel Ways to Increase Biomass Oil Production in Plants
Dr. Abe Koo, Division of Biochemistry


11:30 a.m. DeepVariant TrioTrain: developing a transfer learning protocol for non-human genomes
Jenna Kalleberg, Division of Animal Sciences


11:40 a.m. Regulation of plasma membrane localized proteins during PTI integrates local responses to long distance signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana
Dr. Gabrielle Rupp, Division of Biochemistry


11:50 a.m. Lightning Talks (session 1)


12 - 1 p.m. Break


1 - 3 p.m. Session Two
N201 Memorial Union


1 p.m. The heartbeat of streams: understanding carbon emissions from flowing waters
Dr. Alba Argerich, School of Natural Resources


1:25 p.m. Novel mechanisms regulating mammalian oocyte quality
Dr. Ahmed Balboula, Division of Animal Sciences


1:50 p.m. Unveiling Digital Agri-Tech's Social Implications: Navigating What We Know and Need to Learn
Dr. Jenny Melo, Division of Applied Social Sciences


2 p.m. Combination of ultrasound-assisted extraction with deep eutectic solvents for the extraction of polyphenols from purple corn pericarp
Ravinder Kumar, Division of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences


2:10 p.m. Measuring the value for non-market good
Dr. Adrienne Ohler, Division of Applied Social Sciences


2:35 p.m. Legal Tools for Private Land Conservation
Dr. Robin Rotman, School of Natural Resources


2:45 p.m. Lightning Talks (session 2)


3 - 4:30 p.m. Reception/Poster Session
N214 Memorial Union


4:30 p.m. Poster voting ends


4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks and Poster Award Presentation
N214 Memorial Union
Dr. Shibu Jose,
 Associate Dean for Research, CAFNR