Mary-Cathrine Leewis



  • Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Biological Sciences, 2014
  • M.S., Northern Michigan University, Biology, 2006
  • B.S., Northern Michigan University, Biology, Chemistry, French, 2004


Professional Experience

  • 2016-Present  Research Microbiologist (Post-Doc), U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA. Mentor: Mark Waldrop
  • 2014-2016       Postdoctoral Research Associate (Microbial Ecology), Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Mentor: Mary Beth Leigh
  • 2009-2014       Graduate Fellow (EPSCoR, INBRE, IAB), University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • 2007-2008       Staff Scientist, Entrix, Inc.  Barrington, Illinois. 
  • 2005-2006       Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in conjunction with the Vilas County Health Department

Additional Training

  • 2014  DOE Joint Genome Institute, Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop.  Walnut Creek, CA.
  • 2013  Mothur Microbial Sequence Analysis Workshop. Detroit, MI
  • 2012  MicroTrop Advanced Training in Tropical Microbiology: Soil Microbial Ecology and Ecosystem Services.  LEMSAT & IRD in Dakar, Senegal
  • 2009-2010 David L. Boren Graduate International Fellow at University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2009  Arctic Plant Ecology Short Course, UNIS - University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway
  • 2009  The Theoretical and Practical Course on Molecular Approaches for in situ Biodegradation sponsored by the US-EC Task Force on Biotechnology Research

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