The Whole U Faculty Friday: Will DePaolo


Will DePaolo studies bacteria, but his science goes viral.

by Matthew Leib for UW's The Whole U

"The associate professor of medicine’s videos exploring the bacterial science behind everyday objects have amassed millions of hits on BuzzFeed and led to appearances on The Today Show, but DePaolo, the director of the University of Washington’s new Center for Microbiome Sciences and Therapeutics (CMiST), says he sees his sliver of cyber celebrity as a means to an end.

“Doing stuff like that is a great way to educate the public,” DePaolo says of packaging bacterial science for a wider audiences on the web. “The key is doing good science, while not letting it be influenced by the popular culture.”

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