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Teaching Assistant

Jacqueline Welch

Jacqueline Welch is a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She began her undergraduate studies in Natural Resources/Wildlife Biology at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, but completed her B.S. in Microbiology at Colorado State University. Jacqueline worked at the Division of Vector-Borne Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Fort Collins, CO before moving to northern Minnesota to raise a family. She returned to her science career completing a M.S. at UMD in Water Resources Science-Aquatic Biology where she successfully combined her original interest in Natural Resources and her skills in Microbiology to study bacterial communities in the ballast water of commercial ships and in the Great Lakes. Jacqueline has taught General Biology and Microbiology as a graduate teaching assistant and Genetics and Molecular Biology as a Biology Instructor. Recently, Jacqueline returned from Poland where she served as a UMD Faculty Program Leader for an undergraduate course in Microbiology. In her current research, she will move into the fields of evolution and ecology as she studies microbes associated with a gall-inducing fly, a parasitoid wasp, and a host plant. Along with studying biology, Jacqueline has a real interest in education and what the higher education classroom of the future may look like…if it’s a classroom at all.