Associate Director Nominees

Nominee: Jessica Metcalf

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Why are you running for this position?

I am running to help better integrate and support microbiome science in the CMB graduate program. As the current co-coordinator of the Microbiome Network, I have worked along with the steering committee to finalize a Microbiome Science & Engineering graduate certificate, which will be housed under the CMB program. I am also running to help support CMB efforts with housing graduate students from the College of Agriculture.

What makes you a good fit for this position?

I have worked with Dr. Carol Wilusz and other members of CMB faculty for several years, and currently have two students in the CMB program. I will be particularly useful in helping guide students with interests in the increasingly popular field of microbiome science. I also have experience in helping coordinate the Front Range Microbiome Symposium, and am excited to encourage and support students in presenting their research and ideas.

What are your long-term goals for this position?

I hope to support Dr. Wilusz in making CMB graduate program an excellent training program for successful scientists with a focus on quantitative cellular and molecular approaches.