Call it science non-fiction


Alumnus Mark Lazari parlayed scientific theory and collaborative research into a ticket to UCLA.

Mark Lazari is vocal about his belief that there are few limits to science -- and someday, there just might be none.

"Eventually, we'll get to a point where the only limitation will be will be our own imaginations," Lazari says after making a reference to Moore's Law.

Nanotechnologist? Biotechnologist? Engineer? These are all the titles that have preceded Lazari's name at one point or another during his time at CSU Stanislaus. Nomenclature not withstanding, Lazari is one of those rare scientists who have the uncanny ability to describe his research in terms that don't leave non-scientists scratching their heads.

He's presented research findings at the American Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists' national meeting and was involved in a collaborative research project with the University of Pacific involving molecular modeling of peptides bound to metals in the gas phase, but Lazari still has the teaching abilities and communication skills to say things like: "biotechnology is about making things better."

He's also pretty good at what he does, which is probably one reason why Lazari will attend UCLA in the fall to study materials science engineering in the hopes of attaining a Ph.D. What's even more impressive is that Lazari was accepted into the program without holding a master's degree. He graduated from CSU Stanislaus in the spring with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, double minoring in Biological Sciences and Physics.

If graduates like Lazari are to be the norm regarding further scientists emerging from CSU Stanislaus, then things are looking pretty good for the future of the biotechnology industry.

As for Lazari, he has some pretty grand ideas on how to advance biotechnology, though he's not worried about limitations.

"Most people talk about science fiction," he says. " I believe in science non-fiction."