Interests & Writing Experience

Professional Science Writing and Editing Experience
Other Professional Writing Experience and Interests
Other Professional Experience


I’m a biologist, writer, and a geek. I enjoy studying bugs, promoting sustainability, playing video games, writing music, having unusual pets, writing informative biology blogs, going to Maker Fairs, gardening (including entering giant pumpkin growing contests), volunteering for good science and education-focused causes, and overall trying to make the world a better place.

Professional Science Writing and Editing Experience

2011-2015 Writer for Scientific American’s series “Bring Science Home” (select activities)
Wrote weekly home science activities for Scientific American as a Science Buddies collaborative project.

2011-2015 Scientist/Science Writer for Science Buddies
Conceived of, tested, wrote, and edited science project ideas and other K-12 science material, pursued grant and sponsor funding, and developed collaborations with universities (including the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center at the Ohio State University and the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology at the University of California, Los Angeles).

2014 Writer for National Public Radio’s Science Friday Educational Activities (select activities)
Wrote home science activities for Science Friday as a Science Buddies collaborative project.

2013 Author of Biology Bytes books
Updated, formatted, and self-published two science books for the general public, Biology Bytes: Digestible Essays on Stem Cells and Modern Medicine and Biology Bytes: Digestible Essays on Animals Both Commonplace and Bizarre. Available at
Editor: Prof. Andrew J. Bonham

2011-2012 Medical Writer/Editor for the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Wrote and edited grant proposals, medical manuscripts, protocols, and other documents for the Department of Radiation Oncology. Created and maintained a centralized resource listing funding opportunities, and worked with individual faculty to identify relevant opportunities based on their research, to increase the number and quality of proposals submitted. Gave presentation on writing grant proposals Supervisors: Dr. Moyed Miften and Dr. Laurie Gaspar

2009-2011 Creator and Writer of the Santa Barbara Independent’s Column “Biology Bytes”
Published weekly newspaper articles on different biology topics at
Senior Editor: Matt Kettmann

2006-2011 Ph.D. Graduate Student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Wrote and edited abstracts, peer-reviewed publications, protocols, website content, and research summaries, and contributed to technical textbooks. Wrote grant proposals and received funding, including an Ellen Schamberg Burley Graduate Award, Academic Senate Doctoral Student Travel Grant Award, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Scholarship, which provided an annual $25,000 stipend and $5,000 for research support. Ph.D. Advisor: Prof. Dennis O. Clegg

Other Professional Writing Experience and Interests

2013- Creator, Writer, and Editor of “Biology Bytes” Blog
Publish news and insightful commentary weekly on biology topics at

2010- Contributor for Development’s community blog, “The Node”
Invited volunteer blogger for coverage of stem cell news at

2009- Creator, Writer, and Editor of “All Things Stem Cell” Blog
Publish articles on different aspects of stem cell biology at

2009-2015 Member of the National Association for Science Writers (NASW)
Attended the annual NASW meeting for information, exposure, and networking.

2011-2015 Founder and Coordinator of Colorado Science Writers
Founded a professional networking group for Colorado science writers and organize periodic meetings.

2013-2014 Creator and Writer of the Butterfly Pavilion’s series “Critter Close-Ups”
Publish articles on different invertebrates found in Colorado

2009 Contributor for Nature’s Stem Cell Blog, “The Niche”
Volunteer blogger for coverage of the International Society for Stem Cell Research 7th Annual Meeting for

2008-2010 Web Content Editor for UCSB Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering Website
Wrote, assembled, and edited original textual content and updates for

Other Professional Experience

2016 Attended CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Symposium in Boulder, CO

2015-2016 2016 Postdoctoral Research Day Planning Committee Member
Helped organize 2016 Postdoctoral Research Day for the nearly 300 postdocs on the two University of Colorado Denver campuses, including recruiting speakers, sponsors, and postdocs to present research.

2014-2016 Member of the Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee (Chair: 2015-2016)
Helped advise City Council on sustainability initiatives, monitor progress of sustainability goals (including establishing composting in restaurants), and plan and organize the Sustain Arvada Festival.

2015- Science Mentor for the Urban Advantage Science Celebration
Served as a science mentor at a capstone event for a year-long program that allows 7th grade students from Denver and Aurora to present their science projects.

2012- Judge for the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Served as a judge four times for the fair, including serving as a team captain twice.

2015 Attended American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 in Orlando, FL

2015 Attended Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Summit in Longmont, CO

2015 Attended NIH NHLBI Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine in Washington, D.C.

2015 Attended 249th American Chemical Society Meeting & Exposition in Denver, CO

2014 Attended Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference at CU-Boulder
Attended conference aimed at engaging participants in learning about using technology in classrooms.

2014 Managed Exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival
Helped organize and run a booth for Science Buddies at the festival in Washington, D.C.

2007-2011 Graduate Union of Molecular Biology Investigators (GUMBI) Co-President
Co-President of graduate student organization.