I’ve been fascinated with science since college, when my coursework brought me into close contact with cognitive scientists, whose inquiries into the human mind bring them into a wide array of disciplines. But it was in 2010, when I took my first microbiology class, that I was truly bitten by the bug, so to speak — the microscopic world of single-celled organisms blew my mind, and I wanted to share those incredible tales with the world. My volunteer work at a health-care organization allowed me to launch a new hobby: writing educational material about infectious diseases. That hobby became a career, one that saw me honing my skills in topics such as cancer, nutrition, vaccination, health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, and more.

I love working with researchers and physicians to make their complex science more accessible to a general audience. Their optimism and energy keep me invigorated, and I aim to convey to readers their joy of discovery and compassion for patients.

My bachelor’s degree is in linguistics and philosophy, and during and after college I gained professional experience in a newsroom and at a medical journal. More recently, I earned a master’s degree in public health, focusing on epidemiology. I also spent a year supporting clinical trials, an experience that gave me behind-the-scenes views into the processes that shape our growing understanding of medical science.

My background in both writing and health makes me a little different from a lot of people writing about science. I can interact confidently with basic scientists, physician-scientists, and health-care providers, undaunted by scientific jargon or densely written peer-reviewed scientific publications. At the same time, I have been effective in coaxing my subjects into explaining their work in a user-friendly way, allowing me to mine the resulting interview transcripts for the gems that make a story truly shine. If I can transfer their enthusiasm to my readers, then I did my job!


University of Arizona Master of Public Health, Epidemiology
University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics and Philosophy
Pima Community College Associate of Science, Highest Honors


  • Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • social media (Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite)
  • blogging
  • digital photography
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Mailchimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Survey Monkey
  • PubMed to conduct literature reviews
  • working with scientists and physicians to translate complex scientific and medical ideas into language accessible to a general audience
  • working with artists (photographers, graphic artists, videographers, and animators) to make science come alive visually
  • experience working with journalists from print and televised media to coordinate interviews with experts
  • mastery of Associated Press style
  • Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Gold award
  • ability to edit for both space and clarity