Anthropology professor and leading pollen expert Vaughn Bryant continues his work while battling cancer.
Chemotherapy isn’t enough to keep one Aggie from doing what he loves most.
Dr. Vaughan Bryant is a leading expert in the study of pollen and a professor at Texas A&M for nearly five decades.
For the past few weeks, Bryant has been receiving treatment at M.D. Anderson to fight his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a cancer that affects the body’s ability to produce red blood cells. He hasn’t let the grueling chemotherapy treatment slow him down.
“Finally, they consented and as you can see in the picture, I have been working away on my research every day while in confinement,” he said.
While in isolation, Bryant has continued to teach his two online course and even gained a few new curious students.
“I don’t think they study pollen in medical school because the doctors and nurses are continually coming in here while I’m working on the microscope and wanting to see what I’m looking at,” Bryant told The Eagle. “It’s been a lot of fun and, in some ways, I’ve been able to have a group here I’m teaching about pollen.”
Despite making the best of his situation, Bryant said he’s ready to return to College Station and will hopefully head back in about a week.