Matters Microbial #22: A microbial path through the graduate school maze with Lauren Augusta

December 29, 2023

Today my former undergraduate student Lauren Augusta, currently in a PhD program in Microbiology at the University of Indiana, joins the podcast to chat about how she chose her career path in the microbial sciences, and her future path.

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: Lauren Augusta

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  • The program for creating the maze on this session’s thumbnail image is here.
  • Here is the website for Micropia, the microbiology museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  SO WORTH YOUR TIME.  I wish that I worked there!
  • Here is a description of Micropia’s “tardigrade chair” which is kind of a tourist destination!
  • Lauren Augusta, today’s guest on the podcast, did a wonderful video advertisement for my institution, the University of Puget Sound.
  • An introduction for beginning micronauts about Agrobacterium, and why you should care about this natural genetic engineer, as well as a more advanced review.  Plus another fine review from Dr. Clay Fuqua and coworkers.  
  • Lovely overviews of the global signaling molecule of bacteria that Lauren studies, cyclic-di-GMP, can be found here, here, and here.  
  • The Microbiology Department website at the University of Indiana where Lauren is working on her Ph.D.
  • The faculty webpage of Lauren’s Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Clay Fuqua.

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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