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Mia Sands

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Research Project: Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)

Mia Sands is a research lab technician at the University of Illinois in the lab of Don Ort. Her research focuses on the function and expression of photosynthetic proteins in C4 bioenergy crops. For the CABBI project, Mia is assisting postdoctoral researcher Sang Yeol Kim with his research and trains undergraduate students to conduct field research. Her research goal is to understand more about the limitations of Rubisco, arguably one of the most important enzymes in the photosynthetic process, and ultimately improve it to increase yield in bioenergy crops. Mia received her bachelor's degree in life science from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University and later went on to earn her master's degree in plant biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been published in Nature Genetics and Horticulture Research. 

The Ort Lab is supported by many public and private partnerships, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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