Assistant Professor Elizabeth McNeill joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition earlier this month. Through her research, she uses fruit flies to study the function of microRNAs, a class of molecules that regulate gene expression. The magenta seen on the computer monitor in the photo shows the motor neuron of a fruit fly larvae, while the green shows the cytoskeletal protein found at the junction between two nerve cells. Photo by Whitney Sager.

New faculty member brings microRNA gene research experience to Iowa State

She once thought fruit flies were just annoying little bugs, but now Elizabeth McNeill spends her time studying them as part of her research.

McNeill joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as an assistant professor earlier this month. Having earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Iowa State in 2002, McNeill said she appreciated the dedication faculty members had toward students while she was an undergraduate and knew she wanted to return to campus as a professional.

See the complete story by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.