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!
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