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, Discover, Smithsonian, Knowable, Science, STAT, Nautilus, Nature News, and Science News, among others. 

I currently serve on the board of the National Association of Science Writers. I am also a 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 recently completed a 2022-2023 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. My project examined the mental health of parents of LGBTQ+ teens and culminated in a long-form piece for Scientific American magazine.

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