About Me

Welcome to my website. I’m a Los Angeles-based freelance science writer, mostly covering genetics, cancer biology, biotechnology, and other biology topics.

I started my career as a scientist, but quickly realized the bench life wasn’t for me. I have a MS in Genetics from Stanford University (’98), and I graduated from the UCSC Science Communication Program in 2000. Since then, I’ve written about topics as diverse Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, driverless tractors, cannabis oil extraction, and early language acquisition. My work has appeared in Science magazine, New ScientistPopular ScienceGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Genetic Literacy Project, the International Journal of Cancer, Mercury magazine, and the Salinas Californian.

You’ll notice a time gap in my clips portfolio. After my second child was born, in 2004, I stopped taking reporting jobs, in order to focus on my family. For 13 years, I homeschooled my three kids from kindergarten through grade 5, at which point I sent them each off to middle school. During that time, I hosted science classes for elementary school kids, created science curriculum, taught neuroscience to middle school students using wonderful tools from Backyard Brains, and wrote for the International Journal of Cancer. Now that all my kids are out of the house during the day, I’m doing more reporting work, alongside my education projects.

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