A bold new addition to the BioBE family, we would like to welcome our new Wet Lab Manager, Leslie Dietz!

She will be overseeing all new projects and day to day lab work, teaching students, collecting data and processing samples. Leslie has a molecular biology and chemistry background. She’s done a lot of genetic sequencing work with soil and has researched bacteria, fungi, and hypertension. Not only is she a scientist, but she’s also a mom, weightlifter, wildland firefighter and avid feminist who works to empower women in and out of the scientific field. Leslie is a Pod coordinator for Eugene’s 500 Women Scientists, and the Eugene chapter leader for the Bold Betties, a women’s outdoor pursuits group. She’s been fighting fires for 11 years and is currently thinking about going into competitive weightlifting. We are excited to have Leslie in our lab!

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