About The Weinersmiths

Dr. Kelly Weinersmith

I’m a parasitologist, podcaster, mom, and sci writer (not necessarily in that order). I study parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts, making the host behave in ways that benefit the parasite. My favorite parasite is the crypt-keeper wasp, which you can read more about here. I am an adjunct assistant professor at Rice University in the BioSciences Department. You can find out more about my research here.

Follow me on twitter, where I occasionally post photos of the cool parasites I study.

Zach Weinersmith

What is a Zach Weinersmith?

He is the creator of SMBC,
A writer/producer for SMBC Theater,
Writer of Captain Stupendous,
and script monkey for Snowflakes.

In his spare time, OH GOD I NEED SOME SPARE TIME.


The Weinersmith Theme was lovingly crafted by the awesome Dr. Paul Smaldino, who like Buckaroo Banzai is both a rock star and a scientist.

Intro/Outro Voice

The luscious baritone at the beginning and end of The Weekly Weinersmith was provided our friend Marque Franklin-Williams, who writes for Ogeeku.com and works for Warehouse 13.

13 thoughts on “About The Weinersmiths

  1. Adrian P

    I just wanted to let you guys know that I really enjoy the podcast, and I always miss it when it hasn’t come out for a while. I don’t say that to guilt-trip you or imply that you owe it to your listeners or anything, just to express my enjoyment. Thanks for making a cool thing!

  2. saliency

    You should list your contact info, twitter ect. I think that you say it in the podcast but well that is a pain to go back to when I just want to send a quick suggestion…

    Anyway my suggestion. Read and talk about


    Perhaps even have ED on.

  3. Matt

    Hey Kelly, I heard your interview on Wild Ideas the other day and I loved it! I really enjoy parasites mostly thanks to an awesome parasitology professor I had in college. I am a huge science geek and so are most of my friends. We have started our own nature series with a comedic twist on Youtube. I think parasites would be an awesome idea for episodes but with limited budget and equipment, we don’t know how well we could capture most of what parasites are existentially. Any recommendations? Feel free to check us out on facebook! Here is a recent vid we put out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3AiTBl9ztM&feature=g-upl



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