Interview with Melanie Stegman, Biochemistry PhD & Founder of Molecular Jig Games. Melanie Stegman, Ph.D., Founder and Creative Director of Molecular Jig Games is convinced that cellular biology is the greatest fantasy world ever and that biochemistry is an inherently fun puzzle. Molecular Jig makes games to teach the average human how cells work. Stegman earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, studying the regulation of gene expression that causes cancer and birth defects. As a post doctoral scientist at Weill Cornell, NYC, Stegman studied DNA repair in the human pathogen, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Current projects are the development and evaluation of Immune Defense (www.MolecularJig.com/Immune-Defense-Game) and the development of the ScienceGameCenter.org where video games that teach science are reviewed by scientists, teachers, game developers and players.
Hosted by Sarah Worsham.
Music is Light Emotions by MIGmusic.
Listen to Women in STEM podcast Episode 18:
- Kickstarter for Immune Defense Game
- January 10th Kickstarter party (Seattle, WA)
- Immune Defense Game
- Immune Attack Game
- Molecular Jig Games
- Melanie on Twitter
- American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
- Women in Cell Biology Group (ASCB-WICB)
- International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
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