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About

I’m a scientist turned writer who is interested in creative nonfiction, science journalism, grant writing, and public relations.

I earned my PhD from MIT’s Department of Biology where I used frog embryos to model human craniofacial development. In the past, I’ve also conducted research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Oberlin College. These research experiences have given me insight into how discoveries are made and how to evaluate them. Before becoming a graduate student, I studied creative writing at Oberlin College with a focus on literary nonfiction told through a lyrical storytelling voice.

I’m still figuring out who I am as a writer but I enjoy writing personal essays as well as profiles of scientists that highlight their personality and explain how they find meaning in the world. I spend much of my free time reading. Some of my favorite writers are David Foster Wallace, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Lorrie Moore. I also enjoy running, biking, and swimming. Recently, I've tried yoga. My goals for the future are to touch my toes and own a dog.


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