About

Hello and welcome to my website and portfolio!

I am a science journalist and writer. Many of my stories relate in some way to evolution, but I am also broadly interested in science, medicine, and policy. I have written about data privacy for The Atlantic.comclimate change and the Lyme epidemic in Canada for Undarkzombie genes in elephants for Quanta. I covered studies on the science of science: the spread of scientific ideas, the trajectory of academic careers, and what matters most on the road to scientific success. 

My work has appeared in Science, Nature, Scientific American, Quanta, Undark, PNAS Front Matter, The Atlantic.com, and other places. I also have more than eight years of experience writing fast, accurate meeting summaries and web copy for federal clients (NIH) and scientific non-profits (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Foundation for the NIH). In 2019 and 2020, I was the lead writer for the National Cancer Institute’s Annual Plan and Budget Request to Congress.

Recently, I have retrained as a statistician. I currently provide statistical and data science expertise to projects in the Biostatistics Research Branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Highlights of my academic background include:

  • I was a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where I studied early tetrapods – the first animals to walk on land 350 million years ago. My research in the Zoology Museum in Cambridge led to a first author publication in Science.
  • My PhD research at Duke focused on how oxygen availability regulates body size in insects and led to publications in PNAS and other journals.
  • As a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University, I collaboratively wrote proposals to secure grants exceeding $1 million from NIH and NSF to support my research.

I am Belgian and Chinese by blood, Canadian by birth, and American by naturalization.