Science and Medical Writer
I have more than 15 years of experience writing about medicine, basic science, science policy, and environmental issues. My areas of expertise include translational and clinical oncology research; basic biology, including cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, and stem cell research; genetics; chemistry; and food safety.
I have been a writer and editor at BioScience, Chemical and Engineering News, and Nature Biotechnology and have worked in the Department of Public Affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). As a freelance science and medical writer, my current clients include MSKCC, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.
Before becoming a writer, I had laboratory experience including working in technical support for a cardiovascular diagnostic product, validating blood bank equipment, analyzing waste oil and water samples for an environmental services company, and running efficacy studies on new blends of laundry detergent.
I have a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Northwestern University with a concentration in genetics and developmental biology and a master’s degree in science journalism from Boston University.
My clients are all over the United States, but I’m based in Austin.
Adept at identifying trends and developing original article topics.
Able to translate complex scientific topics and make them understandable to a lay audience.
Proficient in writing short, concise news stories on tight deadlines as well as longer, more in-depth feature articles.
Fluent in myriad life science, medical, and biotechnology subjects.
Broad knowledge of advances in cancer research.
Experience writing and editing business and regulatory news on a range of topics such as cloning, stem cell research, agricultural biotechnology, patents, and mergers and acquisitions of biotechnology companies.
Formal training in science writing.
Experience covering Congress and federal science agencies.
Familiar with varied editorial environments including weekly newsmagazines, peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, and nonprofit public affairs.
Extraordinary copyediting and proofreading skills.
Experience in covering activities important to association members, donors, and other interested parties.
Member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Medical Writers Association, and the American Chemical Society.
Mouse models provide insights
Center News, April 2001
Structural biology: Understanding proteins to write a repair manual for the cell
Center News, June 2001
Developmental biology reveals a wealth of vital information about cancer
Center News, October 2001
Keeping the genome intact: Suppression of instability protects against cancer
Center News, December 2001
BRCA2 protein structure found
Center News, December 2002
Inquiry into gene therapy widens
Nature Biotechnology, March 2000
Beyond nine lives
Nature Biotechnology, April 2000
Genomics company formed from Framingham heart study
Nature Biotechnology, August 2000
New rules for gene patents
Nature Biotechnology, September 2000
MSKCC opens genomics laboratory
Center News, August 2001
Childhood leukemia and brain tumor survivors at increased risk of stroke later in life
Cancer.Net, November 6, 2006
Breast Cancer Symposium highlights new studies on breast cancer screening, treatment, and access to care
Press release, The Breast Cancer Symposium, September 3, 2008
Studies advance treatment and understanding of lung cancer
Press release, ASCO Annual Meeting, May 31, 2009
Studies shed light on critical challenges in cancer research and care
Press release, ASCO Annual Meeting, June 1, 2009
EPA set to tighten vehicle emission, gasoline standards
Chemical and Engineering News, May, 10, 1999
Clean air act dealt a major blow
Chemical and Engineering News, May 14, 1999
EPA revises NOx cut plans
Chemical and Engineering News, July 5, 1999
Advocacy groups give up on pesticide panel
Chemical and Engineering News, May 3, 1999
Changes suggested for food safety system
Chemical and Engineering News, August 16, 1999
Protein biopesticide may be next wave in pest control
Nature Biotechnology, June 2000
NIH Program helps students ‘bridge’ difficult transitions
Chemical and Engineering News, April 5, 1999
Panel considers stem cell rules
Chemical and Engineering News, April 26, 1999
NIH seeks more public input
Chemical and Engineering News, May, 17, 1999
NIH tech transfer rules
Nature Biotechnology, February 2000
Chemistry research at MSKCC
Center News, June 2002
Finding cancer treatments in nature
Center News, December 2005
Monoclonal antibodies for cancer treatment
Center News, December 2008
James Rothman wins Lasker Award for Basic Research
Center News, October 2002
Young investigators celebrated at award ceremony
Center News, March 2006
Paul Marks Prize recognizes three young cancer researchers
Center News, November 2007
Charles Sawyers honored with 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award
Center News, October 2009
Center News, October 2002
Collaborative team advances lung cancer research at MSKCC
Center News, April 2005
Center News, April 2007
Probing the genomic basis for cancer
Center News, March 2008