Work Experience

Freelance Science Writer (2014 – present)
Bethesda, MD and (beginning 7/2017) San Antonio, TX
I write about biology, medicine, and STEM workforce and training issues. My work has appeared in Science, Nature, Scientific American, Quanta, Undark, Smithsonian.com, The Atlantic.com, Science Careers, and other places.

Science Writer [Contract] (01/2017 – 12/2017)
Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD
I wrote news, profiles, and other content for NEI’s internal and external communications, and contributed to the NIH Record and NIH Catalyst.

Science Fellow (04/2016 – 01/2017)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD
As the first and only Science Fellow, I wrote news, profiles, and other content for HHMI’s internal and external communications. I researched HHMI postdoc outcomes, led a monthly journal club on diversity and inclusion in STEM, and designed and organized career development workshops for HHMI postdocs.

Scientific Communications Editor (01/2015 – 03/2016)
Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
I developed content for NCI’s website and award-winning Cancer Currents blog, and edited content written by others. Topics included NCI priorities and initiatives, cancer research findings, and emerging public relations issues.

Senior Science Writer (09/2013 – 12/2014)
The Scientific Consulting Group, Gaithersburg, MD
I wrote meeting summaries for NIH and EPA science and policy meetings. Topics I covered include children’s environmental health, cancer research, metabolomics, health disparities, nanotechnology, and many others.

Post-Doctoral Fellow (10/2011 – 8/2013)
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
I studied the genetic and physiological mechanisms of body size regulation in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster; collaboratively wrote and won research grants exceeding $1 million from NIH and NSF to support this research; mentored 5 undergraduate students.

 

SERVICE

Associate Editor of the POSTDOCket (01/2016 – present)
National Postdoctoral Association
As a volunteer, I help the Editor-in-Chief produce the NPA’s quarterly newsletter by commissioning, editing, and writing articles.

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