Will the Zombie-Makers of Today Yield the Neuroscience and Drug Discoveries of Tomorrow?

Kelly Weinersmith speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here Festival (21:25)

Kelly Weinersmith received her PhD from the University of California Davis, where she studied how parasites turn their hosts into zombies. Groups like the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women have funded Kelly to do crazy things like sample fish in quantities measured in dump trucks, induce and analyze fish puke, and infect fish with brain-infecting parasites to measure how these parasites change fish physiology and behavior. It’s impossible for Kelly to keep her mouth shut about science, so when she isn’t actively doing science you can find her podcasting over at Weekly Weinersmith or Science…sort of. For Kelly’s next big adventure, she’ll be joining Rice University as a Huxley Faculty Fellow.