Work Experience

Freelance Science Journalist and 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.

I also write for federal clients and scientific non-profits. Recent clients include Texas Biomedical Research Institute, American Physiological Society, National Cancer Institute, Foundation for the NIH, and National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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

Organizing Committee Member (2017 – present)
SciCommSouth
Co-organize the annual conference for science communicators in the South Central states (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas).

Associate Editor of the POSTDOCket (01/2016 – 01/2019)
National Postdoctoral Association
As a volunteer, I helped the Editor-in-Chief produce the NPA’s quarterly newsletter by commissioning, editing, and writing articles.

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