Susan Perkins

Susan Perkins has always loved being outside. As a child, she played in the woods and took field notes about birds and squirrels. When she got a microscope for her sixth birthday, she began to see nature in a whole new way. Today, she's a microbiologist, a scientist who studies microbes. Microbes are tiny organisms that are too small to be seen without a microscope. Much of Dr. Perkin's work focuses on microbes that cause malaria, a disease that kills over a million people every year.

Name: Susan Perkins
Hometown: Massena, NY
Job: Curator, Division of Invertebrate Zoology
Education: BA, SUNY Potsdam; PhD, University of Vermont
Current Work: Studies malarial parasites and other microbes in vertebrate animals
Cool Fact: Susan curated The Secret World Inside You, an exhibition that's all about the microbes that live on and in humans!

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