About the blog
Thank you for checking out The Microbial Menagerie! The Microbial Menagerie began one day as I pondered about my niche in the microbiology research community. As a graduate student and a postdoctoral researcher, it is easy to get caught up in the intricacies of your own research without, diving deep into one topic, while sacrificing breadth in the general field. As I transition from graduate studies to seeking a postdoctoral position, I realized there were so many areas of microbiology I was interested in but did not know much about at the time. I created this blog in order to both educate myself in a variety of microbiology topics and bring attention to how microbiology affect our lives in ways we may not have thought about before. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or request topics for upcoming posts.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Kirby lab using high throughput screening methodology (i.e. I play with robots!) and bioinformatic approaches to understanding antimicrobial resistance. I am also on the editorial board of the PostDoc Journal where I write commentary and review articles and edit and review submissions. I had my first experience in microbiology research with the Dziejman lab studying pandemic islands (large segments of DNA capable of excision and moving from one bacterium to another) in Vibrio cholerae. My graduate work in Timothy Hoover’s lab at the University of Georgia focused on understanding how bacteria build flagellum, tail-like structures use by the bacterium to swim through liquid environments.
I have a long standing interest in science communication and participate in many activities to help bring understandable science to the public. I blog for the American Society for Microbiology Microbial Sciences blog and am a founding member of Tiny Science Letters, a weekly newsletter that brings science stories from scientists to curious non-scientists.
When I am not thinking about microbiology, I enjoy playing clarinet, cooking and baking, reading, and running.
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