Stephanie Mounaud is a scientific project manager and supports education outreach for the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). She joined the JCVI team in 2006 and has served in other roles such as laboratory manager in the Infectious Disease Department and part of the microbial genome finishing team. Her areas of interests include infant nasopharyngeal microbiome, Burkholderia genetics, and mycology. In her free time, she creates fungal artwork.
Her recent work focused on small colony variants in Burkholderia persisters. Stephanie’s previous work included studying secondary metabolites from fungus as potential bacterial quorum sensing inhibitors, and studying the pediatric nasopharyngeal microbiome with the goal of identifying associations among infants and known risk factors including the PCV vaccination status.
In addition to her research role, Stephanie has been involved in a wide range of education and outreach activities at JCVI including: teaching; school visits; hosted events on JCVI’s DiscoverGenomics! mobile lab; JCVI’s internship program; STEM career outreach events; and professional development training for graduate and post-graduate level participants. She also served as president of the Biosciences, Health Science and Medicine program advisory committee for the Montgomery County Collaboration Board.
Ms. Mounaud received her B.S. in Microbiology and minors in Chemistry and French from Virginia Tech and is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).