Community Spotlights

We are an interdisciplinary hub of scholars studying plants, microbes, neuroscience, cellular development, evolution, ecology, & biodiversity at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Monthly Highlight

Ivan Radin

"I am from Belgrade in today’s Serbia. My upbringing there was happy but interwoven with wars and political turmoil. These experiences taught me to be realistic and persistent, which serves me well in science. I came to the US for my postdoc in the Haswell lab. I came for the opportunities: amazing research, funding, and access to resources. I am also grateful for other opportunities I have had here – for the opportunities to learn new things and new cultures. One of the things I really like about being on the Inclusion Committee, in addition to representing the LGBTQIA+ community, is learning new things especially around the social issues that exist in the US that are different from those in Europe. It was fascinating to come in with a completely different perspective and learn, for example why you should not say this or that. It is really fulfilling work to be on this committee and learn all these things you cannot always see from the outside."

“Being a scientist is about finding out all of these little secrets that are in the natural world that you cannot see with your eyes. For example, one insect I worked on is a major crop pest that destroys fields of squash and watermelon. But it can’t survive without this tiny microbe inside of it. By just looking at it, you would never guess that was the case. To me, it is just fun to be privy to all of these little secrets and to discover new ones and to figure out how our world really works.”

―Justine GarciaPostdoctoral Research Associate

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