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From dollar store to microbiology: Student gets his dream job

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A few months ago, Kevin Cox was working at a dollar store. Today he’s a laboratory assistant at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur, Mo. – the first big step of many toward a noble career.

“I see myself working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention running my own research lab, to rid the world of famine or find a cure for some disease,” said Cox, a junior biology major at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. “Microbiology is something I love doing and I want to do it for a long time.”

Cox started his part-time job Feb. 13 working in a lab studying Brachypodium distachyon . He proudly explained it’s a grass species related to cereal grains such as wheat, barley, oats, maize and rice. For now, he’s performing simple tasks such as harvesting and planting seeds to more complex tasks such as dissecting seeds to extract seed embryos.
 
 

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  1. Kevin, that's so great you found a passion for micro. I recently discovered my passion for micro too. Last semester I took Microbiology as a prereq for nursing school and a whole new world has opened up to me. I'm still going to complete nursing school but when I'm done I am going to take the life science and physical sciences I need as an undergrad before I apply to Grad school. I am interested in the U of Arkansas and plan to pursue a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology. Right now I have the privilege to be working on undergrad research in food microbiology and I just love it! Thus far in my studies, I am most interested in pathogenesis and immunology. Best of luck in your studies! Kelly

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