Brad Stiles (Ph.D.) is a microbiologist / biochemist by training with a keen appreciation for communication (written and oral). His career in science was formally forged at Penn State University, Virginia Tech, and then the University of Texas. Twenty-four years were subsequently spent in a federal research laboratory studying toxins from snakes, marine cone snails, and bacteria. The goals were to further the understanding of how toxins affect cells and subsequently generate methods for neutralizing these nasty proteins. Results from his laboratory led to various peer-reviewed publications, national and international conference presentations (oral and poster format), as well as working abroad. Brad has been an adjunct at Wilson College for seventeen years, primarily teaching microbiology.