FREELANCE SCIENCE WRITER AND EDITOR
I write and edit science and health stories for universities, nonprofit institutions, and media outlets. Past clients have included Biomedical Computation Review, Cancer Discovery, The Scientist, Modernist Cuisine, Alzforum, Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum, Conservation Magazine, Mongabay, The Loh Down on Science (NPR), Santa Cruz Sentinel, Monterey Herald, Xconomy and UCSF.
2018 – 2023 | ALLEN INSTITUTE
SENIOR EDITOR (Jan. 2022-Sept. 2023)
SENIOR WRITER (May 2018-Dec. 2021)
Led all written storytelling across divisions at the Institute, elevating website content and profile of the Institute. Web traffic increased 13-50% year over year. Garnered media coverage in national and global outlets including NPR, BBC, Nature, Science, Scientific American, WIRED, AP, Forbes.
Wrote breaking news, large announcements, enterprise feature stories, patient profiles. Several stories recognized with regional and national writing awards.
Produced and co-hosted Lab Notes, the Institute’s podcast. Launched new audio storytelling format for the Institute; key episodes include interviews with novelist Yaa Gyasi and consciousness expert Christof Koch.
Managed and edited summer editorial intern position.
Launched and led SciComm@Allen, a science communication training and interest group for staff.
2009 – 2018 | FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER CENTER
Wrote one to two stories per week for public-facing website and feature stories for quarterly Hutch Magazine (circulation 60k). News stories led to media coverage from The New York Times, Discover, STAT, HealthDay, Geekwire, and others.
Covered basic and translational medical research for tight deadline news stories and in depth enterprise features. Stories recognized with national awards.
Part of robust peer-editing network; edited fellow writers’ and intern’s stories.
Part of social media team that increased Facebook & Twitter audiences by >200%.
SENIOR SCIENCE WRITER (2011-2013)
Wrote fundraising proposals, progress reports and other material for donors, feature and news stories for Hutch Magazine and public-facing website.
TECHNICAL EDITOR II (2009-2011)
Edited grants and manuscripts for head of scientific division. Launched and wrote a monthly internal scientific newsletter.
2008 | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (TEMPORARY POSITION)
Reported and wrote press releases for the College of Engineering, wrote internal and external newsletters.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE, SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
Internships at Stanford University, Monterey Bay Herald, UC Berkeley.
PH.D., MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
B.S., BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Departmental and general honors
Northwest Science Writers Association Career Development Award, 2023
National Association of Science Writers Excellence in Institutional Writing Award honorable mention, 2021 and 2022, short-form category
Best of the Northwest Science Writing Award, 2020, institutional writing category
MarCom Platinum Award, 2016, Hutch Magazine “Rock Star Women in Science” issue MarCom Gold Award, 2016