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Rowena Woode is a PFFIE postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received both her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Sciences at MU. Her research explores the gastrointestinal manifestations of the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. Specifically, she is interested in the molecular mechanisms by which cystic fibrosis-causing mutations lead to intestinal barrier dysfunction, inflammation, and increased gastrointestinal cancer risk.