I was a scientist at heart long before I could see over the bench. From a very young age, my physicist father taught me to always ask questions about the world around me, and our frequent home “experiments” equipped me with the skills to find the answers. Together, we bred mice to feed to our family’s pet snake and made an electromagnet to verify the earth’s magnetic field.
I discovered the brain and its 100 billion neurons while completing my undergraduate studies at Colgate University. A semester and two summers spent in laboratories at the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier biomedical research facility in Bethesda, Maryland, further fueled my passion for scientific discovery.
Graduate school brought me to the University of Pittsburgh, where I studied mechanisms underlying the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia in the Translational Neuroscience Program. Graduate school was a lesson in tenacity, literature searching, and problem solving, and although I’ve published several peer-reviewed papers on the neurobiology of schizophrenia, I like to think my greatest discovery was a love of scientific communication. After completing my doctorate in neuroscience in 2011 and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry in early 2013, I hung up my lab coat and picked up a (metaphorical) pen to pursue my love of science as a freelance science writer.
My twelve years of experience as a neuroscientist have given me a strong scientific background and the investigational skills necessary to tackle any writing project. I am dedicated to creating clear, accurate, and creative scientific content for a wide range of audiences, including scientists, clinicians, but especially the general public.
Years of explaining my research to non-scientist family and friends have taught me how to write effectively for a general audience, and I’m committed to improving the scientific literacy of the general public through communication that is interesting, accurate, and accessible. In addition, participation in Brain Awareness events at local middle and high schools has provided me with the skills to communicate to a younger audience.
Past and present clients include BrainFacts.org, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, University of Pittsburgh, The Schizophrenia Research Forum, MassGeneral Hospital, The Colgate Scene, The Pain Research Forum, The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Relief, Harvey Mudd College Magazine, Fluidigm Corporation, Bethyl Laboratories, and EMD Millipore. I am a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, making messes in the kitchen, traveling, photography, and scuba diving. I reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (where I remain blissfully ignorant about the Steelers) with my husband, daughter, and two cats.