Overview

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.

Capabilities

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.

Laboratory experience.

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.

Experience

Editorial

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: senior writer/editor and freelance
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology: freelance
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: freelance
  • GeneTree/Sorenson Genealogical Research Foundation: freelance
  • Nature Biotechnology: assistant editor for news
  • Chemical & Engineering News: associate editor for editing and production, associate editor for government and science policy
  • BioScience: freelance

Education

  • Boston University: MS in science journalism
  • Northwestern University: BA in biological sciences with a concentration in genetics and developmental biology

Clips

Basic Biology

Mouse models provide insights pdf16b
Center News, April 2001

Structural biology: Understanding proteins to write a repair manual for the cell pdf16b
Center News, June 2001

Developmental biology reveals a wealth of vital information about cancer pdf16b
Center News, October 2001

Keeping the genome intact: Suppression of instability protects against cancer pdf16b
Center News, December 2001

BRCA2 protein structure found pdf16b
Center News, December 2002

Biotechnology

Inquiry into gene therapy widens pdf16b
Nature Biotechnology, March 2000

Beyond nine lives pdf16b
Nature Biotechnology, April 2000

Genomics company formed from Framingham heart study pdf16b
Nature Biotechnology, August 2000

New rules for gene patents pdf16b
Nature Biotechnology, September 2000

MSKCC opens genomics laboratory pdf16b
Center News, August 2001

Clinical Oncology

Childhood leukemia and brain tumor survivors at increased risk of stroke later in life pdf16b
Cancer.Net, November 6, 2006

Recent declines in breast cancer death rates greatest in women under 70 and women with estrogen-sensitive tumors pdf16b
Cancer.Net, April 2, 2007

Breast Cancer Symposium highlights new studies on breast cancer screening, treatment, and access to care pdf16b
Press release, The Breast Cancer Symposium, September 3, 2008

Studies advance treatment and understanding of lung cancer pdf16b
Press release, ASCO Annual Meeting, May 31, 2009

Studies shed light on critical challenges in cancer research and care pdf16b
Press release, ASCO Annual Meeting, June 1, 2009

Environmental Issues

EPA set to tighten vehicle emission, gasoline standards pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, May, 10, 1999

Clean air act dealt a major blow pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, May 14, 1999

EPA revises NOx cut plans pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, July 5, 1999

Food Safety and Pesticides

Advocacy groups give up on pesticide panel pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, May 3, 1999

Changes suggested for food safety system pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, August 16, 1999

Protein biopesticide may be next wave in pest control pdf16b
Nature Biotechnology, June 2000

National Institutes of Health Policy

NIH Program helps students ‘bridge’ difficult transitions pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, April 5, 1999

Panel considers stem cell rules pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, April 26, 1999

NIH seeks more public input pdf16b
Chemical and Engineering News, May, 17, 1999

NIH tech transfer rules pdf16b
Nature Biotechnology, February 2000

Pharmacology and Chemistry

Chemistry research at MSKCC pdf16b
Center News, June 2002

Finding cancer treatments in nature pdf16b
Center News, December 2005

Monoclonal antibodies for cancer treatment pdf16b
Center News, December 2008

Scientific Awards

James Rothman wins Lasker Award for Basic Research pdf16b
Center News, October 2002

Young investigators celebrated at award ceremony pdf16b
Center News, March 2006

Paul Marks Prize recognizes three young cancer researchers pdf16b
Center News, November 2007

Charles Sawyers honored with 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award pdf16b

Center News, October 2009

Translational Oncology Research

Targeting angiogenesis pdf16b
Center News, October 2002

Collaborative team advances lung cancer research at MSKCC pdf16b
Center News, April 2005

Cancer Immunotherapy pdf16b
Center News, April 2007

Probing the genomic basis for cancer pdf16b
Center News, March 2008

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