Tammy Zanker joined the RNAissance Ag team in September 2021.

As Research Associate, she helps develop new, more sustainable pesticides that can make farms more productive while preserving biodiversity. She supports the development and production of biopesticides by microbial fermentation and tests their function, working routinely with bacteria, plants, and insects.

Previous experience:
• Conducted research to identify molecular markers for mapping a gene mutation in Schizophyllum commune.
• Conducted independent research examining the ability of different antioxidants to protect DNA from damage caused by oxidative stress.
• Surveyed the dragonfly and damselfly populations to determine the health of the Raquette River.
• Teaching assistant, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Education & Certification
• Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
• Bachelor’s degree in Biology, State University of New York, Potsdam.
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