Marta Wegorzewska became the scientific editor for the Biology Department at Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. Her direct supervisor is the Chair of the Department, Dr. Kathy Miller. She is responsible for helping Dr. Miller with her scientific writing tasks and providing editorial support to faculty. She helps faculty members prepare external and internal grants and contract applications, including internal competition applications, foundation award applications and federal and private agency grant proposals. She also works with trainees to prepare research manuscripts.
Marta received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Georgetown University, and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the Biomedical Science Graduate Program at the University of California, San Francisco. Her dissertation, under the mentorship of Dr. Tippi MacKenzie, was on the role of maternal immune responses during preterm labor.
She began her career at Washington University in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Drs. Paul Allen and Thad Stappenbeck in the Pathology and Immunology Department. She studied the antigen-specific T cell responses to the highly prevalent intestinal microbe, Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, to better understand how immune responses to microbial symbionts cause colitis. Marta also worked with Debbie Frank, scientific editor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department who runs summer writing programs for undergraduate students accepted into the BP-ENDURE program, to guide students in writing their first scientific manuscript.
Marta has a strong interest in science communication. In one of her favorite projects, she worked with other scientists to create a video to educate the public on the importance of funding basic science research. She enjoys sharing her interests in science with others by communicating the significance of highly complex scientific findings.
If you would like to meet with Marta, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, call her at 314-935-6871 or visit her in Rebstock 321.