Dr. Emily Lescak
Emily Lescak is an evolutionary biologist using threespine stickleback fish as a model organism to study the influence of host-microbe interactions on somatic and behavioral development. She is working in Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre's lab. She has received a three year NSF Broadening Participation postdoctoral fellowship to study the influence of exposure to environmentally-relevant levels of antibiotics on development in stickleback.
Emily earned her PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in fisheries in 2015. Her dissertation research focused on contemporary evolution in threespine stickleback populations from islands in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska that were uplifted due to the 1964 Alaska Earthquake. She spoke about her work on WAMC's Academic Minute.
She is co-chair of the Genetics Society of America's Early Career Researcher Policy Committee, with whom she is developing a monthly e-newsletter. She is also on the 500 Women Scientists Leadership Committee.
Rasmuson Fisheries Board Fellowship
University of Alaska Center for Global Change and Arctic Systems Research
Alaska EPSCoR and INBRE
American Fisheries Society
Teaching and Outreach:
University of Alaska Anchorage Introductory Biology
Bioinformatics Workshop, SUNY Cobleskill
University of Alaska Anchorage Ichthyology Lab
University of Alaska Anchorage Teaching and Mentoring in the Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage Fundamentals of Biology I Lab
University of Alaska Anchorage Animal Behavior Lab
NIH Alaska INBRE Bio-Prep Genetics
University Park Campus School Honors Biology
Bruce Wells Upward Bound Science I
Emily mentors students through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, the New York Academy of Sciences Next Scholar Program, the Anchorage School District’s Gifted Mentorship Program, and the American Fisheries Society Hutton Program.
Check out her list of helpful professional development resources.
See her profile on the Department of Ladyology Blog.