R. William DePaolo, PhD
Dr. William DePaolo, Will, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center and recipient of the Lynn M. and Michael D. Garvey endowed chair in Gastroenterology, is Director of the Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutics (CMiST). With Will at its helm, CMiST will serve as a beacon for investigators, clinicians and patients interested in the human microbiome, and will offer a number of Innovation Services, facilitate collaboration and exploration through workshops and seminar series, and work alongside clinicians to develop and test microbiome-derived therapeutics.
In 2004, Will received his PhD in Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis from the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. Will then completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago where he investigated the molecular pathogenesis of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, while concurrently developing projects investigating immune-modulation within the intestine. In 2011, Will joined the faculty at University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Will combines his interdisciplinary training to investigate the contribution of our 100 trillion gut bacteria (or microbiome) to inflammatory diseases and to develop strategies aimed at manipulating this vast community. Will's current research extends across scientific disciplines and clinical diseases such as obesity, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and enteric pathogens.
I am a design strategist and identity system designer. I love to build brands for small companies owned and lead by dynamic and interesting people. I design with care and compassion.
Having followed the science path throughout my schooling, (I graduated in 1999 with a BS in Biology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME), I am completely self-taught. My lack of formal training allowed me to cultivate my innate creativity and instinctive designer's eye. Each project is an opportunity for me to challenge my resourceful nature. As a result, my style is simple, crisp and clean. I design and construct brands based on my instinct, intuition and diligent research.
For CMiST, she acts as creative director and director of brand strategy, while also wearing various designer’s hats.