Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis

Jennifer Lynn Giel jlgiel at breakout.gpcc.itd.umich.edu
Sat Aug 12 10:36:38 EST 2000

Natasha47 <natasha47NOnaSPAM at aol.com.invalid> wrote:
: Hi, I'm interested in microbiology as a field, in fact my
: current project is regarding a new method of encephalitis
: detection, but my real question is about Wash U in St. Louis.
: I was wondering if anyone here did research there or had
: gone there. I've heard that they have decent research
: happening there, but I'm serious about microbiology and
: would like to talk to anyone about the scale of research
: happening there, especially in microbio, but also molec,
: biochem and any other bio sci research. thanks!
: Natasha

They are doing good microbiology at Wash U.  Their grad program is very
highly ranked, and I interviewed there in 1999.  The thing I personally
didn't care for was the attitude of many of the researchers.  Almost all
of them are doing pathogenesis research- and I got the impression they
think they are saving the world and are therefore better than everyone
else.  It's a phenomenon I've observed at many other schools- that
pathogenesis researchers think they're better than basic scientists- but
it was very prevalent at Wash U.

Also, I don't know if this matters at all, but the incoming classes for
the Microbiology Program there for the past two years have EACH only had
2-3 students.  They accepted at least 20 people the year I interviewed, so
many people turned them down to go to other schools for whatever reason.

Hope this helps.


Jennifer L. Giel
University of Wisconsin-Madison
580 MSC, 1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-1360

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