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Nate Boyer

Graduate Research Assistant


Washington State University
Institute of Biological Chemistry
419 Clark Hall
Pullman, WA 99164




Research Interests


I grew up in small, rural communities in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. After completing my undergraduate degrees in 2017 at the University of Missouri where I double majored in Biology and Philosophy, I came to Washington State University to join the Molecular Plant Sciences program and work toward my Ph.D. I am particularly interested in biochemistry and research that can impact modern agriculture. To that end, I am working on the genetic and biochemical determinants of a nitrogen excreting phenotype in Azotobacter vinelandii. Nitrogen excretion is Av, a soil-dwelling obligate aerobe, has important implications in supplying nitrogen to crops acting as a bio-fertilizer. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and camping in the many parks throughout the Pacific Northwest.



2017                      B.S. in Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

2017                       B.A. in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Research Experience


2014 – 2017     Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Missouri
2017                 NIH Protein Biotechnology Traineeship, Washington State University