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Paula V. Welander

Associate Dean for Integrative Initiatives in DEI, Associate Professor of Earth System Science and, by courtesy, of Biology and of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Paula Welander is a microbiologist who received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She pursued her PhD studies in microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her postdoctoral studies at MIT in the Departments of Biology and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Paula joined the Stanford faculty in 2013 where her current research program is focused on understanding the biosynthesis and physiological function of “molecular fossils” or biomarkers in extant bacteria.

Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Microbiology (2007)
M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Microbiology (2003)
B.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, Kinesiology (1998)