Wesley D. Marner II

Wesley D. Marner II

Engagement, Education, and Equity Director



(608) 316-4716


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It is easy to think of scientists as individuals conducting experiments and writing papers. Practicing scientists, though, must be much more than individuals working at a bench. They must be excellent communicators, collaborators, leaders, project managers, trainers, and more.

My role is to provide resources to develop the “whole scientist” – trainees who are well prepared to be leaders in their future professional homes. I manage the Morgridge Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Morgridge Professional Development Series, both of which are designed to enrich the experience of our early-career scientists through training, community building, and advising.

I also work with Institute researchers on some aspects of their public engagement. I’m passionate about breaking down barriers to STEM, and I enjoy working with our scientists as they seek out ways to connect with the public.

Areas of Expertise

  • Science Communication
  • Informal Science Education
  • Program Management
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Microbial Metabolic Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Bioreactor/Fermentation Biotechnology


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2008, University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2001, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)


NSF Pre-Doctoral Fellow