11th June 2018 – Anne Berlin, DC Web Mavens, Women of Email

Anne BerlinAnne is a consultant in digital outreach for campaigns geared at health empowerment and behavior change. Her expertise is in designing, formatting and editing websites and other digital content that encourages patient awareness, self-efficacy and activation. Most recently, she held a position as Director of Digital Strategy for the Lupus Foundation of America.

She has done #scicomm professionally for several years, with an emphasis on biomedical research, the drug development pipeline and public health.

21st May 2018 – Manuel Spitschan, University of Oxford

Manuel SpitschanDr Manuel Spitschan (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford) read psychology at the University of St Andrews and completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University/VA Palo Alto, he joined the University of Oxford as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2017, and was appointed as a Biomedical Sciences Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College in October 2017. Dr Spitschan is interested in visual and non-visual responses to light in humans, the biological mechanisms in the retina that mediate it, and the precise quantification and display of visual stimuli to examine these responses.

December 8th 2014 – Lauren Sakowski, Nemours Biomedical Reasearch

Lauren SakowskiI am a research assistant with Nemours Biomedical Research at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Our lab studies the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease, which is a disorder of the myelin sheath. My project focuses on genomic duplications in the PLP1 region of the X-chromosome, characterizing inflammatory neurodegeneration in a mouse model, and developing treatment regimens. I am interested in neurodegenerative disease in general, and hope to stay in this field in a postdoctoral position. Outside of the lab, my passion is science communication. I have written guest blog posts for PLoS Neuro, HeadStuff.org, and Bitesize Bio and I maintain a blog of my own (http://neurocultureblog.wordpress.com).  I focus on issues such as mental health and thriving in grad school.