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Hello all viewers and fans of the all natural xanthon gum!

Image taken by Tori Hanson NAME:
 Tori Hanson

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Class of 2013)

Eau Claire, WI

Major: Bio-Chemistry
Concentration: Pre-Medicine
Minor: Psychology

To start out I would like to say thank you for taking the time to navigate through my website and I hope you have learned about the amazing contributions that xanthon gum, more specifically Xanthomonas campestris has on the food industry and production throughout the world.  I wish you the best of luck with your research and attributions to this fascinating bacteria.

Well, hello there.  Again my name is Tori Hanson and I am a senior at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  My goal after graduation is to work within the medical field, more specifically within the pediatrics department as either a pediatrician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.  However after my undergrad studies are finished and before furthur studies continue, I plan to devote a year of my time to the AmeriCorps and gain work experience within rural poverty environments while helping those in need.
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Besides continuously engulfing myself in studies and work, I find enjoyment engaging in multiple types of sports, socializing with family and friends, and spending time at my cabin.  Of course being from Wisconsin I am a huge football fan, meaning I am one of those diehard Packers fans.  I am not afraid to show off my outgoing and at times obnoxious "sports frenzy" self, as well as my inner geek.
Image taken by Tori Hanson                          Image taken by Tori Hanson
In regards to this website, it was an overall great experience and I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the creativeness and technical emphasis it enforced.  The purpose of this website was for my BIO 203 (Organismal Biology) class' project assigned to us.  The basis of the project was to find an organism involved in this year's theme, which was food organisms.  I found immediate interest in xanthan gum and its corresponding organism, Xanthomonas campestris.  With the newly popular eating habit of eliminating gluten from one's diet, xanthan gum became a very common replacement.  This food additive became very popular within my immediate family because of my sister's decision to follow the gluten-free diet with her family, which is why it was a perfect fit for me corresponding to this project.

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Also please make sure to check out the main webpage of this whole project created and maintained by my professors Dr. Tom Volk and Dr. Greg Sandland.  There you can find multiple organisms related to this theme, as well as other themes from previous years.  So please visit Multiple Organisms.