What people are saying:
“Whether brewing better beer, discovering novel antibiotics or chronicling the lives of the microscopic creatures living in the dust under the couch, Anne Madden seeks to understand and utilize the microbial world around us.” – TED.com
“Anne Madden bends creatures to her will, with the deftness of a shepherd. But Madden is a microbe wrangler — her critters cover petri dishes. Rather than merely observe bacteria and fungi, Madden sees a community ready for work.” – PBS NewsHour
We are living in a microbiological cosmos.
Trillions of microorganisms are living in, on, and around us. While we often face this microbial reality with revulsion or fear, a closer examination reveals what microorganisms really are: the source of our greatest technology. Microorganisms are responsible for many of our life saving medications, new textiles, biotechnology tools, and some of our favorite foods and beverages.
And all of these technologies come from just the few microorganism species we understand.
My mission is to reveal the utility and relevance of the microorganisms that are nearest us.
I do this as a scientist.
As a ‘microbial wrangler’ my research focuses on understanding this mysterious microbial world–in insects, in our built
environments, in our foods. Then I identify how these insights can fill market needs by translating findings into new applications. I use microorganisms to solve human problems. This has lead to patented brewing technology, licensed methods and material in the food and beverage industries, new tools for detecting biotic communities through DNA analyses, the identification of a new species, and novel antibiotics.
I do this as a science communicator.
As a science communicator my focuses is on sharing the stories of how microorganisms nearest us are impacting our lives for the better. I do this as a public speaker, popular science writer, and workshop presenter.
This is where our adventure begins.
**((Photo credits, unless otherwise mentioned, are my own. They can only be used with explicit written permission. The statements on these pages are my own, and are not those of the various institutions, funding organizations, or individuals mentioned on these pages.))**
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