IMG_4976What do you do for a living? I dislike answering this question. When I tell you the truth, I see the panic on your face as you try to articulate a question relevant to my profession. I feel guilty for the pressure I have put on you. I know I have failed when your eyes glaze over, and I move to the next topic as quickly as possible.

I am a scientist and a writer. I created this blog with the goal of telling stories that will give you a glimpse of “lab life.” I hope you will learn that the discoveries we make have an impact on your everyday life. I am doing this because I have identified a disconnect between scientists and the public.  I believe that it is my responsibility, as a scientist, to fix this disconnect, to be a better science communicator so that next time we meet and I tell you I am a scientist, we can have a conversation. How will I accomplish this goal? My goal is to tell stories that are 1) scientifically accurate and 2) relevant to my audience.

I received my PhD from the University of California, San Francisco where I studied why some babies are born preterm. Now, I am a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St Louis where I am trying to understand how the immune system causes colitis.