Resume

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Education

University of California, Santa Cruz: Graduate Certificate in Science Communication, June 2011

Stanford University: Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, May 2009

Cornell University: B.S., Biological Sciences, Summa Cum Laude, December 2002


Writing Experience

Freelance Science Writer – August 2013-present (and June 2009-August 2011)

Have written news and feature stories for publications such as Smithsonian, National Geographic News, Nature, The Scientist and Ars Technica.

Science Writer for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC – August 2011-August 2013

Editorial Intern at Science News magazine, Washington, DC – June 2011-July 2011

Science Reporting Intern at San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, CA – March 2011-June 2011

Editorial Intern at Stanford News Service, Stanford, CA – January 2011-March 2011

Editorial Intern at The Salinas Californian, Salinas, CA – September 2010-December 2010

Editorial Intern at Science Illustrated and Popular Science, Bonnier Corporation, New York, NY – August 2009-May 2010

Wrote ‘Ask a geneticist’ column and was a science outreach volunteer, Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA – June 2008-Fall 2009

Member of the National Association of Science Writers – January 2009-present

Review article for Traffic – May 2008

Staff writer for Stanford Scientific Magazine – Spring 2007

Contributor, Cornell Daily Sun, independent student newspaper – Fall 2002


Honors

  • 2015 Lindau Travel Fellowship
  • 2010 NASW Graduate Travel Fellowship
  • Cary Lu Memorial Fellowship in Science Writing
  • Selected as a science writer for multiple Beckman Initiative for Macular Research Conferences
  • Stanford Graduate Fellow
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar
  • Academic Excellence Award for Highest GPA in the Biological Sciences major, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Honorable Mention for HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Howard Hughes Summer Research Scholar
  • Ho-Nun-De-Kah Honor Society

Research experience

Graduate student with Dr. John Boothroyd, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University – July 2004-May 2009

Studied the mechanisms by which the parasite Toxoplasma gondii secretes proteins into its host cell in order to co-opt the host cell and cause disease.

Howard Hughes Research Scholar with Dr. Alan Collmer, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University – 2001-2003

Analyzed the expression and translocation of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 proteins into host plants, to better understand their role in causing disease.

Teaching Experience

Stanford University – Winter 2005/2007 – Teaching Assistant for the ‘Humans and Viruses’ and ‘Microbial Pathogenesis’ courses

Cornell University – Fall 2001/2002 – Teaching Assistant for Genetics and Introductory Biology courses

Cornell University – Fall 2002-03 – Biology Freshman Student Advisor

Dewitt Middle School, Ithaca, NY – Fall 2000 – Tutored sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in reading, writing, mathematics, and science for the Dewitt STAR tutoring program.


Skills

Computer: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Endnote, MS Office, Mac OS, Windows. Familiar with Drupal Content Management System

Multimedia: Have experience in creating videos, slideshows and podcasts to tell stories. Have used Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition, Audacity, and Soundslides for this purpose

Fluent in Hindi and speaking/reading French; Proficient in Tamil and writing French