Q&A with Research Specialist Angie Schrader

Angie Schrader with husband Kevin and son Brody at their favorite lunch spot - Rocky Top lookout.
Angie and Kevin on vacation in Cancun.

What is your role in the department?

I am a research specialist in the Department of Otolaryngology. I manage Mark Warchol’s lab, and I also work for Lavinia Sheets.

How long have you been at WashU?

I have been here since April, 2003. I actually started as a research technician at Central Institute for the Deaf, then I moved to Washington University along with the whole CID research department later that same year.

What do you like best about your job?

The Schrader family heads into the woods for some deer hunting.

I love my job. My coworkers are the absolute best! I have wonderful bosses who are very considerate and allow flexibility in my schedule. That’s very much appreciated because my family is very important to me. I like being able to create my own workflow and that each day can be something different. I never liked the monotony of doing the same thing all day, every day. I need variety and challenge.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have lots of hobbies. First and foremost is horseback riding. I love to trail ride with my son and mom in Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  I also love gardening, landscaping and crafting/building things.

What one thing about you would surprise your co-workers most?

Angie’s son Brody on his horse Midnight.

Some of my co-workers know me too well, so they wouldn’t be surprised by much.  Some may be surprised that I live 65 miles from work and have horses, cows, a dog and a small grain farm.  I can drive tractors, trucks and trailers. I also like to hunt and am pretty good at shooting a gun.

Do you have a favorite book?

My favorite is almost a book of quotes: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.  It is such a simple book with great thought-provoking inspiration.