Lisa M. Balbes

Science Communications Manager


Lisa M. Balbes earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. She spent several years as a computational chemist at Research Triangle Institute, conducting protein and small molecule modeling experiments in support of drug discovery. Since 1992, she has provided technical writing and editing services as Balbes Consultants, LLC, with clients including Washington University Medical School, Bausch and Lomb Surgical, SigmaAldrich, Stereotaxis, Pine Instrumentation, the US FDA, and many others.

Food & Lifestyle

One Step Closer to a Higher Stearate Soybean Oil

Lisa M. Balbes|Jan 5, 2021

New research published in the Journal of Experimental Botany describes the discovery of new alleles that could lead to soybean varieties with higher stearate levels in the oil and good agronomics.  …


New Vision for Next Decade of Soybean, Plant Research

Lisa M. Balbes|Oct 22, 2020

In a recently released report entitled “Plant science decadal vision 2020-2030: Reimagining the potential of plants for a healthy and sustainable future,” more than 40…


Soybean Farmers Benefit from Nobel Prize-Winning Research

Lisa M. Balbes|Oct 15, 2020

Last week, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany) and Jennifer A. Doudna (University of…


Soybean Breeding for Drought Tolerance – COVID Style

Lisa M. Balbes|Jul 28, 2020

Due to COVID-19, soybean breeding researchers had to weigh, bag, and label seeds for 10,000 plots from their garages, dining room tables, and back porches.…