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    Melissa Christopherson

    Faculty Associate

    2521 Microbial Sciences Building
    Office: (608) 890-1970


2004 B.A. Biology: Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
2011 Ph.D. Microbiology: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Post-doctoral research: University of Wisconsin-Madison


As part of the Bacteriology instructional team, I coordinate and teach Microbiology 304, Microbiology 102, Microbiology 551 and Microbiology 303, on a rotating basis. I love engaging with the many gifted students at UW-Madison about microbiology and strive to help my students achieve their goals. Therefore, I aim to incorporate research, critical thinking, engagement in active learning, and the Wisconsin Idea into every class that I teach. I am inspired by the power that microbiology has to shape the environment, industry and lives, and I believe that engaging with students and with the general public about this power makes our community stronger.