microbiology/IDRI

I used to work as a microbiologist at The Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, WA. I studied Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, a terrible disease that primarily affects the lungs.  Prior to working at IDRI, I worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital studying Group B Strep.  I continue to wish both organizations only the very best!  If I ever won the lottery I would definitely make contributions to IDRI and Children’s.  But I buy lottery tickets quite infrequently.

Here is my most recent publication (I was a collaborator)

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0075245

You may think TB is a disease of the past but one third of the world is infected with M. tuberculosis.  Please check out IDRI’s website to learn more!  It is a great site for information on diseases of poverty.

http://www.idri.org

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In the regular lab (just lab coats required)

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The protective gear we must wear to work with M. tuberculosis

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The regular molecular biology lab

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We have to work in a cabinet that filters the air for us when we work with M. tuberculosis

 

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TB research is very stressful.  I work with M. tuberculosis directly in a laboratory especially equipped to contain this dangerous organism.  Tuberculosis is no joking matter.  It is scary beyond belief.

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Yoga has been enormously beneficial in keeping life in perspective.  I’m grateful that the atmosphere at work is pretty casual and folks don’t get weird if I perform an asana off the cuff to mentally balance during the day…..

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de-stressing in the office

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A space where I can stretch before going into the lab

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messing around for a second before heading in the molecular biology lab

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I’ve been asked to write a blog on the IDRI website and I’m thinking about writing it on Totally Drug Resistant M. tuberculosis.  I hope in the next couple of weeks to have something to share.

 

 

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