Marie McNeely

These past couple of weeks, #womeninscience have been taking to Twitter to introduce themselves (check out #actuallivingscientist #dresslikeawoman). I have greatly enjoyed “meeting” these diverse #womeninSTEM, so thought it would be fitting this week to honor a scientist who has been introducing me and the rest of the public to female scientists long before the recent Twitter storm. Dr. Marie McNeely is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Neurology at Washington University at St. Louis (WashU), where she researches how balance and gait are altered in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and what therapeutic interventions can be taken to counteract these changes. You may also know her as the host of the “People Behind the Science” podcast, where she interviews scientists from all walks of life about their lives (both inside and outside of the lab). She currently has over 380 such interviews available for free listening, many of which profile women. By giving a voice to these scientists and making their stories relatable to all, she is helping bridge the gap between scientists and the general public. I encourage you to check out her work!

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