Community Spotlights

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

We are Biology. 

Monthly Highlight

Angela Schlegel

“Being a scientist to me means having a love of learning. This love drives work in our own fields, our appreciation of other fields, and our desire to learn how to foster better, more inclusive communities. My upbringing has made me aware of how important it is that we create inclusive, supportive communities that recognize the complexity of individual situations and that community building is an active process requiring sustained effort and participation, whatever form that takes.” Angela Schlegel, graduate student in the Haswell lab

“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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