Since 2005, I have logged over 3,000 editing hours for more than 100 authors from across the globe. My client list includes investigators at top US institutions such as Vanderbilt University and the National Institutes of Health, as well as international authors from China and Korea. Subject areas in which I have edited include the molecular mechanisms of cancer biology, mouse models of various cancers, nanoparticles in radiation therapy, bacterial and mammalian DNA replication and recombination, structural characterization of protein-protein interactions, mitochondrial regulation of aging, and retinal angiogenesis. Articles I have edited have appeared in journals such as Biochemistry, Molecular Cell, Cancer Cell, and Annual Review of Biochemistry, and I have assisted clients in attaining positive reviews (as high as the top 2%) for many NIH grant applications.
I have also been the chapter editor for the following textbooks:
Retinal and Choroidal Angiogenesis, edited by John S. Penn at Vanderbilt University
Solving Organic Chemistry Problems - Methods, Strategies and Explanations, by D'Auria MV, Scafati OT, and Zampella A
I have worked as a freelance medical writer since 2007, but my writing experience began as a graduate student, when my first-ever submitted manuscript was accepted without revision at Biochemistry. As I transitioned away from the bench and into writing/editing at the end of my postdoctoral research, I wrote a book on multiple sclerosis for the University Press of Mississippi. This experience taught me that I prefer more technical types of writing. My medical writing work has thus focused on systematic reviews (with or without meta-analyses), clinical dossiers, manuscripts, and meeting abstracts. As my medical writing career has progressed, some of my work has been published and favorably received. In a collaborative project with a medical writing client, on which I was both the writer and the analyst, the resulting publication on the prevalence of anemia in chronic kidney disease achieved the distinction of being among the 10% most cited manuscripts published in PLoS One during its first decade of operation. Another article on patient-reported barriers to osteoporosis therapy, on which I was the primary writer, was one of the 5 most downloaded papers in 2016 at Archives of Osteoporosis. Most recently, an abstract submitted to the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy in collaboration with my medical writing colleagues was awarded “gold medal” status, indicating that our pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic analyses of statins were of significant relevance to the managed care community.
My research career began at the University of Missouri-Columbia in organic synthesis. During my graduate education at Washington State University, I used NMR techniques to study protein structure and function. My postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt University expanded that training to include biophysical, molecular biological, and computational characterizations of proteins and their interactions. As a freelance writer, it has been my privilege to continue my research pursuits by learning to conduct meta-analyses of clinical trial data (with Comprehensive Meta-Analysis v.2), analyses of stratified survey data (with Stata v.12), and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic simulations (with ADAPT v.5). See the Publications page for examples of each of these types of analyses.