About the Author

Two Mile Hot Spring in Boy Scout Canyon

My name is Dr. Eryn Slankster-Schmierer.

Education: I attended graduate school at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I earned my Master of Science working in the field of genetics; I created DNA markers for a plant, Brassica rapa, that I used to teach genetic principles for seven years as a graduate teaching assistant. My doctoral research focused on a vascular disease model in mice, and an autologous stem cell therapy to treat it. (My PhD dissertation, Role of the immune system following surgical induction of critical limb ischemia in a mouse model, can be found here.) From here, I picked up my life and moved to the high desert of Reno, Nevada where I spent four years as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Nevada. I studied how insulin signaling affects the olfactory circuit in fruit flies. I’m grateful for all for all the experiences, amazing mentors, colleges and friends who have contributed along the way.

And somewhere in there, I went vegan. (Read that story here)

During my postdoctoral research, I also started my own vegan business, Helicase Soapery, to combat the crippling debt of the American education system.

Read what inspired me to start this blog in the Origins of TES (Part II).

Liberty Lake, Ruby Mountains, Nevada


Slankster, E. E., Chase, J. M., Jones, L. a, & Wendell, D. L. (2012). DNA-Based Genetic Markers for Rapid Cycling Brassica Rapa (Fast Plants Type) Designed for the Teaching Laboratory. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3(June), 118. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2012.00118

Slankster, E., Lee, C., Hess, K. M., Odell, S., & Mathew, D. (2019). Effect of gut microbes on olfactory behavior of Drosophila melanogaster larva. BIOS, 90(4), 227. https://doi.org/10.1893/0005-3155-90.4.227

Slankster, E., Odell, S. R., & Mathew, D. (2019). Strength in diversity: functional diversity among olfactory neurons of the same type. Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10863-018-9779-3

Clark, D. A., Kohler, D., Mathis, A., Slankster, E., Kafle, S., Odell, S. R., & Mathew, D. (2018). Tracking Drosophil Larval Behavior in Response to Optogenetic Stimulation of Olfactory Neurons. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 133, 4–9. https://doi.org/10.3791/57353

Slankster, E., Kollala, S., Baria, D., Dailey-Krempel, B., Jain, R., Odell, S. R., & Mathew, D. (2020). Mechanism underlying starvation-dependent modulation of olfactory behavior in Drosophila larva. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 3119. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-60098-z

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