Making ‘NO’ the Optimistic Answer

Mark Schoenfisch likes to quip that his favorite letters are “N” and “O.”

That might seem like a surprising preference for a chemistry professor who teaches his students to explore new scientific possibilities and who is known for his entrepreneurial spirit. However, Schoenfisch explains that his fondness for the two letters isn’t based on the word they form, but rather his passion for researching the molecule nitric oxide (NO).

Through his research, he’s discovered a number of potentially huge medical benefits associated with this tiny molecule and is inventing novel ways for using nitric oxide to make a positive difference in the lives of many.

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