How using your iPhone before bed can disrupt your sleep. How salad dressing tastes exceptionally creamy to some people and not others. How different species of marine mammals independently lost their ability to taste sweetness. How your brain alters its processing abilities when you try to multitask. How bringing back a little known agency could help make Congress more tech literate. These are just a few of the topics I’ve covered in the 100-plus pieces I’ve written as a freelance writer.
My writing has been published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Pain Research Forum, BrainFacts, Greater Good, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Rhode Island Public Radio, the Washington Post’s On Parenting blog, and other outlets.
Before my life as a full-time writer and editor, I was a bench scientist for more than a decade. While in high school and college, I studied the brain circuits involved in obesity at Oregon Health and Science University with Drs. M. Susan Smith and Kevin Grove. After college, I studied voltage-gated calcium channels (or as I like to call them ‘the gatekeepers of the nervous system’) in Dr. Diane Lipscombe’s lab at Brown University, where I earned a PhD in neuroscience. I began freelance writing as a graduate student and continued while working as a postdoctoral researcher at Brown before deciding to leave the lab behind and become a full-time freelancer.
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