About The Authors

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Carolyn Beans

Carolyn is the 2014 NIGMS summer science writing intern. Fresh out of a biology graduate program, she enjoys covering new scientific developments for this blog and Inside Life Science.

Elia Ben-Ari

Elia Ben-Ari

With a background in biochemistry and pharmacology, Elia enjoys writing articles and other NIGMS materials and in the process, learning about the latest scientific advances.

Michael Bender

Michael Bender

Michael is a geneticist who manages research grants related to RNA processing and protein synthesis as well as grants for the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program. He enjoys teaching different audiences about advances in basic biomedical science

Emily Carlson

Emily Carlson

Emily, who edits this blog and the Inside Life Science article series, writes about a wide range of NIGMS-funded research and NIGMS policies. One of her goals is to help people better understand and appreciate basic research and the NIH role in funding it.

Jilliene Drayton

Jilliene Drayton

Jilliene creates a variety of products that encourage students, including those from diverse backgrounds, to pursue careers in biomedical research. In addition, she manages the NIGMS Facebook page and several student-related sections of the NIGMS Web site.

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Chidinma Okparanta

Chidinma, formerly a reporter for a community newspaper, helps produce and disseminate a variety of educational materials for students and educators who are interested in learning more about basic biomedical research.

Joe Piergrossi

Joe Piergrossi

As the NIGMS summer science writing intern in 2013, Joe wrote profiles of researchers, produced videos, and wrote articles about topics ranging from the structure of HIV to the source of pain and itch.

Shelly Pollard

Shelly Pollard

Shelly writes about a range of NIGMS-funded research, including in the areas of computational and systems biology, modeling and bioinformatics.

Sharon Reynolds

Sharon Reynolds

Sharon draws on her training in molecular biology and experience working in a lab to write articles for this blog and Inside Life Science.

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Alisa Zapp Machalek

Alisa, who’s trained in biochemistry, writes articles, fact sheets, and publications about a variety of areas that include genetics, pharmacology, chemistry, and the body’s response to traumatic injury. She also edits Findings magazine, which aims to stoke students’ interest in biology and research careers.