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Dr. Josh Witten

Director of Research and Inquiry

843-383-3901 ext. 3930

Educational Background

  • 2010 - PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2001 - BS (Major in Biology with concentration in Genetics; Minors in Chemistry & History) from Duke University

How long have you worked at GSSM?

Since June 2015

How long have you worked in academia?

I started working in academic research labs during my sophomore year at Duke (1998) until I graduated. After taking a year off to play rugby in the UK, I went to graduate school working in a genetics/genomics laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis until 2010. From 2010 to 2012, I studied the regulation of RNA alternative splicing at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.

Please list and describe any personal information you would like to share:

I am the co-founder and managing editor of the science website "The Finch & Pea" and contribute to the science podcast "Science for the People". I also have a strong interest in taking artistic photographs using smartphone cameras.

Give us a Twitter-style short bio about yourself.

Scientist. Teacher. Father. Rugby Player. Communicator. Awesome at High-Fives.

What would your students be surprised to learn about you?

As a child, the magician David Coppefield once made me disappear in front of a crowded theater twice. I also spent a year off between undergraduate and graduate school playing rugby in Bath, UK.

What is your perfect pizza?

Pepperoni Pizza (cut into squares) from the Rotolo's around the corner from home in Columbus, OH.

What's your favorite quote?

"No such thing as too late. That's why they invented death." - Charlie Gordon, as played by Walter Matthau in the terrible movie "Out to Sea" (also starring Jack Lemmon).