Postdoctoral Affairs Specialist
Van Andel Research Institute
Erica A. (Siebrasse) Gobrogge, Ph.D., graduated magna cum laude and with distinction from Hendrix College with a B.A in biochemistry and molecular biology. She then earned a Ph.D. in molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed her dissertation research on the discovery and characterization of novel human polyomaviruses in the laboratory of David Wang, Ph.D. Her work resulted in multiple publications, awards and national fellowships, including the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. While in graduate school, Erica helped run a large science outreach organization, which broadened her interests outside the lab. After completing a science policy fellowship at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she directed the society’s education, professional development and diversity programs. In this role, Erica expanded the society’s career development resources for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Erica continues these efforts at Van Andel Research Institute, where she supports postdoctoral fellows by building the institute’s postdoctoral professional development program.