Attending science camp as a delegate from North Dakota in 1994 made a huge impression and being able to return to give a lecture brings the experience of NYSC full circle. Molly graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1998 with a B.S. in Genetics and Cell Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She spent a year working at a biotech company, traveling through Nepal with a fellow MN delegate, and working on NYSC Staph in 1999, before starting graduate school at Emory University in Atlanta. She graduated in 2005 with a PhD in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis after studying mouse models of the immune system for 6 years. Because of her traveling experience (and the desire to cure people not mice), Molly began pursuing a career in public health through an Emerging Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Her initial work was on rotavirus strain typing and surveillance, both international and domestic, and on developing new detection methods. In the fall of 2008, Molly joined the PulseNet Methods Development lab and worked on bacterial subtyping techniques and most recently, assumed the leadership of the “core” duties of PulseNet. When she’s not in the lab, Molly enjoys eating, cooking, drinking coffee, running and riding her bike.