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|