About

I am a freelance science writer and editor with a PhD in genetics and molecular biology. I have written about how the successes and failures of new treatments for autoimmune diseases are demonstrating the precarious balance our body maintains between protection and pathology and why the COVID-19 pandemic’s Omicron wave put more kids in the hospital.

My writing has appeared in Scientific American, Science, STAT, Discover, Nature News, and Science News, among others.

I currently serve as contributing editor at American Scientist, adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and president emerita of the Science Communicators of North Carolina,

I was recently awarded a 2022-2023 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. My project will examine the mental health of parents of LGBTQ+ teens.

To see some of my work, take a look at the Stories section.





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