What is your position? When did you start working in MCB?
I am a Biologist in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and I started on November 29th, 2015.
What attracted you to work for NSF?
The funding provided by the National Science Foundation stimulates some of the most cutting edge research in science. As a graduate student, one often plays a role in the creation of data or text for proposals. You get a glimpse of the merit review process from the outside looking in, feeling the highs and lows along with your advisor. It is intriguing and informative to be on the other side of the curtain, and see the process in action. I also appreciate the philosophy of using data analysis to drive decision making to promote the progress of science. When I saw NSF’s commitment to its employees through benefits, flexibility through telework, and deserved recognition as one of the best places to work in the federal government, it sealed the deal.
What have you learned so far from your position?
I have learned NSF fosters a healthy work-life balance. Starting in late November was ideal, because I have had the unique opportunity to get to know MCB staff and coworkers at holiday gatherings filled with cheer and delicious food. I love the positive working environment, and greatly appreciate everyone who has reached out to mentor, train, or help me more quickly find my place here at NSF… Thank you all!
The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports fundamental research and related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, sub-cellular, and cellular levels. Behind our mission stands a group of individuals whose efforts and great work make this Division outstanding; we are proud to showcase their hard work via this blog.
Dr. Susanne von Bodman completed her doctoral degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently works as a Program Director and Cluster Leader for the Systems and Synthetic Biology Cluster. Dr. von Bodman started working in MCB in September of 2010. As a cluster leader, Dr. von Bodman is involved in Program Management, outreach activities, and community development activities. She also provides advice to investigators, participates on strategic working groups, represents NSF in international funding activities in the area of Systems and Synthetic Biology. She coordinates the funding decision process, maintains cluster budgets, develops post-panel reports, and coordinates cross-directorate activities including multi-disciplinary panels.
Dr. von Bodman area of expertise is in Microbial cell-cell communication, Biofilms, Biotechnology, and Genetic Engineering. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation, she spent 12 years as a professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus. In her spare time, she greatly enjoys playing golf, and appreciates all the diverse activities the DC and Northern Virginia areas have to offer.