About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is simple – we are scientists dedicated to connecting with our peers and science enthusiasts over the stuff we all find cool. From science in the news to our own research, we want to communicate in a way that fosters curiosity and collaboration. With our headquarters located in the heart of Baltimore city, an area booming with scientific research and development, we hope to meet others who share our passion. Check out what we have to offer and let us know what you think!

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Meet the Authors

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Stephanie S. Lehman, PhD candidate, University of Maryland Baltimore

Stephanie is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying the pathogenesis mechanisms of the bacterium, Rickettsia. She is interested in studying how intracellular bacteria are able to subvert the host cell’s ability to detect and clear invaders. Autophagy, NLRs, RLRs and other cytoplasmic sensors are of primary interest. In her “spare time”, she is interested in exploring how scientific education at the graduate level can be augmented by technology and “soft skills” learning.


Elizabeth Weingartner, PhD candidate, University of Maryland Baltimore12096137_10205001599065742_5551150071179561806_n-2

Elizabeth is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying T regulatory cells in autoimmunity. She is fascinated by the role the immune system can play in treating disease. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys biking, cooking, beer tasting and spending time with her boyfriend, Cassidy, and their awesome dog, Simon.




Eric F. Kong, PhD candidate, University of Maryland Baltimore10959139_10152765687311523_4771472868960163555_n

Eric is currently a PhD candidate in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He is researching the pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance mechanisms of dual species biofilms, composed of C. albicans and S. aureus. Other areas of scientific interest include host immune responses, microbial mechanisms of immune evasion, and the impact of the host microbiome to human health and disease. He is passionate about scientific education and communications, particularly in “bridging the gap” between the scientific community and the general public.

Jean-Paul Courneya, MS, University of Maryland BaltimoreJP

I am Jean-Paul (J-P) lab scientist, designer, kale-snack maker and my goal is to reach the hearts of all with my zest for learning about scientific breakthroughs, examining foundation achievements in science and conversing with experts in the field of bio-medical research to find out the secrets of their success to bring to you, the reader. I look forward to find out what you love and hate about what im up to and am sharing through the BenchtoBmore blog. Feel free to leave a shout out regarding your experience or thoughts. If you are interested in participating drop me a line, I would love to talk about it. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with new content and follow us via our connections through other social media outlets. Best wishes.

Maggie Matern, PhD candidate, University of Maryland Baltimore100_0246

Maggie is a PhD student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying the development of sensory hair cells in the mammalian inner ear. Her research has a particular focus on determining the regulators of gene expression within hair cells that are necessary for hearing. Apart from her research, she is interested in science communication, education, and trying new recipes.



Our team at the Spring 2016 UMB Bioresco Vendor show! We enjoyed meeting other scientists interested in connecting with peers and science enthusiasts!

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