Matters Microbial #44: Labs, Labs, Congress, and Classrooms!

June 20, 2024

Today, Dr. Kimberly Walker, Assistant Professor and Director of Medical Diagnostics at the University of Delaware, joins the #QualityQuorum to discuss her interesting path in microbiology, from pathogenic bacteria, to predatory microbes, to Congress, to science policy, and then to educating others about medical diagnostics.

Host: Mark O. Martin

Guest: Kimberly Walker

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  • An article about the wonderful Microbial Diversity Course put on by the Marine Biological Laboratories at Woods Hole Massachusetts.  
  • The website for the Microbial diversity course.  Is it not beyond merely awesome?
  • An essay I wrote about the late Dr. Abigail Salyers.
  • An essay I wrote about the late Dr. Edward Leadbetter.
  • An article on the value of mentorship in general and the challenges to be faced.  If you would like to dig deeper,  here is an entire book on the vital subject.  
  • An overview about Medical Laboratory careers.
  • Here is a link to the Congressional Science Fellows program, for which Dr. Walker was an aide to the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota.
  • Here is the website for Dr. Alison Weiss, Dr. Walker’s PhD advisor, who was a wonderful mentor.
  • Here is the website for Dr. Henry Williams, who was another fabulous mentor to Dr. Walker.
  • Here is a link to the forensics lab for which Dr. Walker was on the Advisory Board.
  • A link to Lorain County Community College, where Dr. Walker ran the MLT and Phebotomy program.
  • A link to the University of Maryland Department of Medical and Research Technology, where Dr. Walker earned her degree and worked for ten years.
  • Dr. Walker’s faculty website.

Intro music is by Reber Clark

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