Mya Breitbart

Saint Petersburg, FL, US
Field of Work 
Marine Science/Oceanography
University of South Florida
Job Title or "Student" 
Marine Science
PhD - Cellular and Molecular Biology
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I am a Professor at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science where I study microbiology (the bacteria and viruses) of the oceans and other environments throughout the planet. I am a lifetime Girl Scout, and it was actually Girl Scout trips that helped instill a love of marine science in me while I was growing up! I grew up in NJ, and since my parents are both scientists, I had a lot of exposure to science as a kid. Add to that several Girl Scout marine science trips and a few excellent teachers (at South Brunswick High School in NJ, Florida Institute of Technology as an undergrad, and San Diego State University as a PhD student) and my love of marine microbiology was sealed! I work on the exciting field of microbiology - bacteria and viruses that are too small to see with your naked eye! My lab works with a variety of samples, ranging from sick marine animals to insects to plants to sewage. In my spare time, I am a dog lover and avid nature photographer. I was very fortunate to have excellent female role models while growing up, and I hope that I can contribute to helping others foster a love for science and the oceans!
Working outdoors, Pets, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Girl Scouts
Other Interests 

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