The Petri Dish Featuring Dr. John Novembre

Dr. John Novembre is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics, and Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. John received the Macarthur fellowship in 2015 for his pioneering work as a Computational Biologist. John’s work on uncovering fine-scale population structure and variation has been essential towards understanding human genetic variation and diversity. […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Thi Nguyen

Thi Nguyen, PhD is a neuroscientist, virtual learning consultant, and career coach. She creates supportive and inclusive learning environments for students. She teaches about strategic career planning, storytelling, and presenting your professional self authentically. She has worked with professionals across corporate and non-profit spaces in the Bay Area, Boston, and now St. Louis. She has […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Erin Clark

This week we were joined by Dr. Erin Clark, Senior Scientist. Dr. Clark graduated from UT Austin with a BS in Biology and a BS in Biochemistry. She received her PhD from Harvard University and did her postdoc work at Brandeis University. While she was earning her degrees and working as a postdoc she taught […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Gladys Smith – WashU Mental Health

Dr. Gladys Smith is a licensed Psychotherapist, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Gladys is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a Chief Petty Officer (HMC) Hospital Corpsman and Sexual Assault Therapist, Substance Abuse Counselor, and […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews

Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD is the founder and CEO of Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC, a consulting and media company whose goal is to broaden accessibility to science careers through science outreach, diversity training, and professional development. She is also a Master Facilitator with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and a Certified Trainer with the Center […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Kathleen Chaffee

We brought in Dr. Kathleen Chaffee from WashU’s Office of Technology Management (OTM) to speak with us about her path from science to patent law. Dr. Chaffee has a PhD in Chemistry, did a postdoc at WashU in imaging, then switched gears and joined Dentons Law, finally landing at OTM. She has been practicing Patent […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. PJ Buske

On May 8th we had WashU Alum, Dr. PJ Buske. Dr. Buske graduated from the (now) Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology program in 2013, then did his postdoc in the lab of Dyche Mullins at UCSF, both times working on bacterial cell biology. In 2017, he transitioned to industry and joined the Bioanalytical group as […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Michelle DeLair

This week The Petri Dish brought on Dr. Michelle DeLair, Assistant Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Development at the WashU Career Center. Dr. DeLair (mdelair @ specializes in working with graduate students and postdocs at any stage of their career. She helps explore career options, fine tune interview skills, and specializes in written […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Petra Levin

This week on The Petri Dish we caught up with Dr. Petra Levin, Co-Director of Plant and Microbial Biosciences here at WashU. Not only is she an experienced mentor and scientist, but she is also an innovator of education, working to generate graduate student courses which seamlessly bleed into the graduate skill building. I invited […]