Nicole Tarleton received a Fellowship award in 2017 and graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2018 with a Ph.D. She is now a Fellow in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis.
2022 Update: I am delighted for this opportunity to share my gratitude for the Fellowship and the progress I have made along my career path! I graduated with a Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology from the University of California, Berkeley a year after receiving the Founder Region Fellowship award. I can’t overestimate how helpful the Fellowship was for keeping me on track by providing the financial support I needed, so that I could focus exclusively on my graduate work. Thank you! After also completing postdoctoral training there, I transitioned out of U.C. Berkeley and into a new role as a co-founder of a startup diagnostics company, to further advance a technology that could detect antimicrobial resistant bacteria causing urinary tract infections. Antimicrobial resistant bacteria remain one of my primary research and diagnostic interests.
I later joined a startup COVID-19 testing clinical laboratory, to apply my skills and training towards the pandemic effort. The clinical laboratory, diagnostic testing, and the desire to positively impact the lives of individuals who suffer from infectious disease are my main passions and career motivators. I am now a Fellow in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. I am entering my second year in this clinical laboratory director training program and will be eligible to sit for the medical microbiology board exam next year. Because of the support from groups like yours, and wonderful family, friends, colleagues, and mentors along the way, I am able to pursue my career goal of becoming a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Director.