Scientist Spotlight

Finding a niche in the pursuit of justice

Learn about Jina Yi, a grad student getting her Master's degree in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

September 21, 2022

From dermatology to biofilm and beyond

Marna Ericson's 14-year-old son was sick with a debilitating infectious disease. He saw over 50 doctors with no answers until a colleague suggested she see a veterinarian about Bartonella. From there, Marna has immersed herself in research to tackle the mysteries of vector-borne pathogens. Don’t miss her inspiring story.

August 17, 2022

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Glysite Scout

Glysite Scout Glycan Screening Kits, Immunofluorescence is the newest product from Vector Laboratories. We sat down with Senior Scientist August Estabrook to learn more about the development of this brand-new product.

August 3, 2022

Untangling the mysteries of brain development

Parthiv Haldipur is a researcher focused on developmental neuroscience with a quest to better understand brain development and its effects from conception throughout adulthood.

July 6, 2022

Company veteran: A day in the life of a research director at Vector Laboratories

Erika Leonard, Director of R&D, has been with Vector Laboratories for almost 30 years. We sat down to discuss her time at the company and the various roles she’s taken on.

June 15, 2022

Connecting the dots: a day in the life of a senior scientist at Vector Laboratories

August Estabrook, a senior scientist at Vector Laboratories, came to love science starting in high school and at one point dreamed of opening a microbrewery. Now, August spends his days connecting the dots to develop leading proteomic and glycomic products.

April 13, 2022

Following gut instincts and the intertwining pathways of sisterhood, part deux

There are three Engevik sisters—Kristen, Amy, and Mindy—all of whom chose to pursue academic careers in the field of gastrointestinal research. Here we focus on Amy, the middle child, who just started her own research lab at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

March 16, 2022

Establishing lifelong connections, building a new lab, and repurposing therapeutics

Abdelrahman “Abdel” Fouda officially launched his long-term academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, Arkansas) in the middle of July 2021. Since then, Abdel has been converting an empty lab with just the structural bare-bones basics, recruiting research technicians and postdoctoral fellows, preparing manuscripts based on past research, and writing grants to fund future projects.
February 16, 2022

Following gut instinct and the intertwining pathways of sisterhood

There are three Engevik sisters—Kristen, Amy, and Mindy—all of whom chose to pursue academic careers in the field of gastrointestinal research. Here we focus on Kristen, the youngest, who is working on her third year as a postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas).
January 19, 2022

A dissertation in hand, a job search in process, a scientific adventure commences

Yee Ming Khaw is the first member of her family from Malaysia to attend university and earn both a BS and PhD. When she arrived in Kansas to pursue her undergraduate degree, she was surprised that she didn’t suffer from any “culture shock” other than an initial struggle with her English proficiency, especially in the context of social conversations. Although she had planned to study psychology, Yee Ming realized that her true passion was rooted in the biology of the brain, and she followed that passion throughout her graduate research and into the next phase of her professional career.
November 20, 2021