Welcome to my website. I’m a Los Angeles-based freelance science writer, and these days I mostly cover cancer biology, molecular genetics, and biotechnology.
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 as Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, self-driving tractors, cannabis oil extractors, and cancer-fighting nanoparticles. My work has appeared in Science magazine, Science News for Students, Popular Science, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Cancer Therapy Advisor, the Genetic Literacy Project, the International Journal of Cancer, New Scientist, Mercury magazine, the Salinas Californian, and the Stanford Daily.
You may notice the time gap in my clips portfolio. After my second child was born, in 2004, I stopped taking reporting jobs to spend more time in education. 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 have more time to do reported stories, alongside my education projects.
To contact me with story tips or new assignments, email seydel [at] nasw.org