About the Authors

Andrew Anderson (@AndersonEvolve)

I began my studies with a Marine Science/Biology B.S. (University of Miami ’04) and spent time as an educator before earning a M.S. in Marine Biology (College of Charleston ’13) working on fisheries management/population genetics.  I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biology (Texas A&M University) where my projects focus on the cis-acting regulatory elements across the genome and the roles they potentially play in sexual selection.   I am interested in comparative approaches to investigate evolutionary paths determining sex differences in sexual selection and parental care, particularly differences occurring at the genomic level with strong interest in fishes. Having spent time as a public school teacher, I am also interested in pedagogical techniques and bringing science education to the forefront.  

In my free time, I enjoy being an active father, table-top RPGer, small-time video gamer, and exercising.

David Green (@GradDavid_Green)

I am originally from Alberta, Canada having completed by BSc in Molecular Genetics at the University of Alberta. A series of strange and wild happenstances has led me to the American South, where I have pursued a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology first at Texas A&M University and now the University of Houston. I am interested in how animals can go from a single fertilized cell to being able to generate an entire complex animal. My research right now is focused on how a gene called Wnt8a patterns the forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain of the neural plate in vertebrates.

In my spare time I like planning tabletop role playing games, playing MMOs and getting angry about the state of labor in academics.

Scott Mattison (@FoolsPizza)

I was initially inspired to enter the STEM fields by a fictional character named after a tree. I am now a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering who specializes in optics and photonics. My work primarily focuses on developing and utilizing microscopy systems to further our understanding of human pathologies. I am also passionate about developing low-cost health care solutions designed toward improving patient outlook and quality of life.

N. Ace Pugh (@acepugh_)

I am a doctoral candidate studying plant breeding and genetics at Texas A&M University. I conduct my research on sorghum using a diverse set of approaches. My scientific passion is to evaluate and implement various remote sensing and high-throughput phenotyping techniques into a plant breeding program. Thanks to a top-secret combination of rock music and caffeine, I sometimes manage to actually make progress toward that goal. My current projects include evaluating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for their ability to phenotype various important sorghum characteristics as well as characterizing spatial variation in field trials via remote sensing of the soil.

In my spare time (such as it is), I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing video game and table-top games, flying my drone, playing around with my microscope and/or telescope, and learning about science outside of my discipline.  

Reed Stubbendieck (@bactereedia)

I earned my B.S. in Biochemistry & Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011 and my Ph.D. in Genetics at Texas A&M University in 2017. My main research interest is in interspecies microbial interactions. For my dissertation, I studied interactions between two soil bacteria: Bacillus subtilis and Streptomyces sp. Mg1 to uncover mechanisms of bacterial competition. I found that both species coordinate regulation of their developmental processes with specialized metabolism and antibiotic resistance to promote their competitive fitness. Currently, I am pursuing postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study bacteria-bacteria and bacteria-host interactions within the context of the human nasal microbiome.

Outside of the laboratory, I am interested in homebrewing, gaming, reading, and running.

Michael Werry (@Fearless_Fungi)

From Northeast Ohio, I went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue a BSc in Biology. Due to my enjoyment of lab work surrounding ischemia-reperfusion of heart tissue and proteomics, I decided to pursue a Masters in Microbiology. I attended Youngstown State University, where I obtained a firm understanding of proteomics through the use of the model filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa. From Youngstown State University, I traveled to the deep south to attend Texas A&M University to obtain my Ph.D. in microbiology. What had originally started as a path into transcription machinery through the study of eukaryotic initiation factors moved into an old hobby of mine involving Computer Science. I now am focused on research involving HTS data, such as RNA-seq and ribosome profiling, with an emphasis on mechanisms involved in translational control and circadian biology. Currently I am still working on N. crassa, but will soon be transitioning into work on Cryptococcus neoformans and Aspergillus fumigatus.

In my spare time I enjoy playing table top games, reading, and playing video games.