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Austin Kane, Master of Environmental Management
Resource Ecology, Duke University
"My area of expertise is wildlife conservation, focusing on synthesizing existing science, policy, and law on topics related to wetlands, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, invasive species, and climate change. I have worked with a range of stakeholders from scientists to government agencies to local conservationists to develop strategies to protect wildlife and habitats from the impacts of climate change. I have collaborated on and led the development of successful grant awards from government agencies such as NOAA and the USFWS. In my current position, I use my experience as an editor and researcher to help authors communicate their work and to help funders support research as part of AJE’s grant screening services."
Courtney Scerbak, PhD
Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks
"My areas of expertise are molecular biology and biochemistry, with an emphasis on cellular signaling in various contexts, particularly aging, neuron function, neurodegeneration and nutrition. Before joining RSC, I studied neuronal aging using Caenorhabditis elegans as my model organism, and I have experience writing and contributing to grant applications submitted to NIH and various regional societies and funding agencies in the US. As an Academic Editor at RSC, I primarily work on our Scientific Editing product where I help improve various aspects of manuscripts, including the logic and implications of the information presented."
Dhruv Arora, PhD
Biological Chemistry, Stony Brook University, NY
"As a researcher, I performed interdisciplinary research in a wide range of fields, primarily biochemistry and microbiology, focusing on bacterial communication and signaling pathways and group behavior. I wrote and collaborated on grant proposals and reports throughout my academic career, successfully obtaining funding for original research, and have reviewed proposals to the NIH, Office of Naval Research, and NSF. As an Academic Editor at AJE, I use my experience as a scientist and my breadth of knowledge to edit scientific manuscripts for both language and content and to review grant proposals."
Diana Steele, PhD
Anthropology, Purdue University
"My areas of expertise are social science and qualitative methodologies, including ethnographic and archival methods to examine education, migration, and identity in Peru. As a researcher, I focused on payment for ecosystem services, sustainable farming, and organizational sustainability in the US and Latin America, and I have worked independently and collaboratively to prepare several funding proposals, including an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research and Geography and Spatial Sciences grants, as well as supporting colleagues prepare grant proposals. As an Academic Editor at AJE, I draw on my background in research and writing to provide language editing and developmental editing for customers in a wide variety of social science and humanities fields."
Drake Morgan, PhD
Behavioral Neuroscience, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
"My general area of expertise is behavioral neuroscience, and my research focused on animal models of and drug development for psychiatric disorders and other behavioral conditions (e.g., aging or obesity), in which behavioral methods are coupled with neuroimaging, neurobiological, genetic, and microbiome analyses. I have been a principal investigator or investigator on individual, center, and training grants from the NIH, VA, DoD, and NSF. This experience is complemented by a history of grant reviewing (for the NIH and local centers) and grant writing (helping academic colleagues and as a freelance grant writer/editor with ScienceDocs). At RSC, these experiences have contributed to my Scientific/Developmental Editing work and participation in grant reviewing and custom grant editing services."
Jeffrey Melvin, PhD
Biochemistry, Duke University
"My areas of expertise are microbiology and biochemistry, and my research focused on a wide range of topics, including enzyme catalysis and inhibition, host-pathogen interactions, microbial physiology, and therapeutic development. Through these studies, I collaborated with both scientists and physicians from a broad range of fields. In over 10 years as a researcher, I collaborated on numerous NIH and private foundation grant applications at multiple R1 universities and assisted my peers in the preparation of their own grant applications. In my current position as an academic editor at AJE, I use my experience as a scientist to ensure that life science and clinical research manuscripts and proposals are optimally presented prior to submission/re-submission."
Jessica Olive, PhD
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University
"My areas of expertise are cancer biology and immunology, and my research utilized a novel DNA barcoding technology to investigate how systemic and microenvironmental influences shape the clonal composition of breast tumors and metastases. These studies heavily involved molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, and spontaneous and experimental models of breast cancer and metastasis. During my time in academia and as a freelance editor, I have assisted in the developmental and language editing of grant applications that were submitted to NIH, DOD, and private organizations. At RSC, I actively apply my experience as a scientist and editor by performing developmental editing for the Scientific Editing service."
Hayley Sohn, PhD
Materials Science and Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
"My areas of expertise are physics, optics, materials engineering, and nanoscience, and my research focused on electrical and optical manipulation of soft matter systems, especially liquid crystals. I have also worked in chemical engineering, fluid dynamics, solid-state magnetics, and high-energy physics labs worldwide. I was a Graduate Research Fellow with the NSF and collaborated on numerous NSF and DOE grants for physics and renewable energy projects. In my current work as a Developmental Editor, I apply my years of technical research experience to our scientific editing products and conduct grant review assessments for a range of engineering and hard science applications. "
Kerry Stricker, PhD
Integrative Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
"My experience in research, teaching, and scientific writing has centered on ecology and environmental science, with a particular focus on the causes and consequences of invasions of natural communities by nonnative organisms. During my dissertation and postdoctoral work at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, respectively, I collaborated on multiple NSF grant applications, successfully obtained grant funding from various other sources, and published several papers in competitive journals, often as first author. In my current position as a senior Academic Editor at AJE, I use this experience to help other scientists more effectively communicate their work and achieve their publication goals."
Leah Roberts, MS
Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University
"My primary areas of expertise are botany and plant pathology, although my research also spanned the fields of entomology, horticulture and weed science. For approximately ten years, I worked for both state and federal regulatory agencies to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. In this capacity, I consistently obtained grant funding from multiple federal agencies. As an Academic Editor at Research Square Company, I work on grant reviews and providing Premium Editing and Journal Recommendation Services, which allows me to stay aware of the current trends and challenges in research."
Lindsay Ward-Kavanagh, PhD
Cell and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University
"My areas of expertise are in cellular and molecular biology, with specific research experience in basic and translational projects in cancer biology and across all fields of immunology. During my research career and subsequently as a Science Writer, I contributed to the development of grant applications directed to institutional and national funders, as well as biotech and pharmaceutical companies. At RSC, I work as a Scientific Editor to help customers improve the presentation and logical flow of their manuscripts. I also participate in grant application reviews and custom editing of applications to help customers improve the presentation of proposed research plans."
Michael Machczynski, PhD
Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
"My areas of expertise are chemistry and biochemistry, particularly the physical and inorganic aspects, and their overlap with microbiology. My research has involved electron transfer, protein folding, enzymology, metal homeostasis, spectroscopy, photochemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics and data fitting. I have served as a grant reviewer for the NSF, NIH, HHMI and several EU and private organizations (e.g., HHMI, ACS, and the Research Corporation) and helped secure grants from these groups as a grant consultant. At RSC, I review grant applications and work as a Developmental Editor to help our customers succeed."
Robert Donovan, PhD
Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder
"My areas of expertise are comparative physiology and evolutionary biology, and my research focused on a wide range of topics, including muscle physiology and carbohydrate metabolism, skeletal morphology, the evolution of metabolic rate, and the biomechanics and neuroanatomy of avian flight. In my 15 years as a researcher and professor, I collaborated on NSF and NIH grant applications at multiple R1 universities and was active in serving as a consultant to my peers on their own grant applications. In my current position as a manager of grant services at AJE, I use my experience as a scientist and an editor to ensure that work is matched with highly qualified members of our team to best meet the needs of our customers."
Shannyn Wolfe, MS
Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
"My areas of expertise are neurobiology and cell signaling, and my research focused on dopamine and GABA receptor regulation of calcium channels. In my 10 years as a researcher, I assisted in the writing and review of NSF, NIH, and AHA grants and grant renewal applications, and my colleagues actively sought out my assistance for the final review of their grant applications. While working as an academic editor at AJE, I have used my many years of experience as a copy editor to ensure that customers' grant applications are ready for submission to funding institutions."
Victoria Akins, PhD
Applied Science - Neuroscience, College of William & Mary
"My area of expertise is neuroscience, and my doctoral research focused on the morphological and anatomical features of neurons that generate the inspiratory breathing rhythm and influence the respiratory motor pattern. I also have research experience in modeling/simulation and gene cloning. Over the course of my career, I have successfully coauthored grant proposals for funding from the NIH and several other funding agencies."
Stacie Meaux, PhD
Molecular Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center
"I received a PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston under the guidance of Ambro van Hoof where I studied RNA turnover in yeast. After receiving my PhD, I expanded my knowledge on RNA expression regulation in human cell lines through my postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under William Marzluff. During this time, I also became an adjunct professor at Elon University and at UNC-CH and began mentoring students in the lab. This is when I first discovered my love for explaining science in a way that non- or early scientists could understand. I first joined Research Square as a language editor in 2013 but found my real calling when I became an Animator on the Multimedia team. In 2018, I was promoted to Production Lead of the Multimedia team where I am responsible for overseeing the service."
Omar Fabian, MS
Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
"I earned a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT in 2008. In 2012, I received an M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, where I conducted fundamental research on charge and mass transfer in optoelectronically active polymers. It was while in graduate school that I started as a contract editor with AJE. I eventually joined the company full-time and migrated to writing as part of Research Square's Video Production team. During those early years with the team (2016), I received an M.S. in Science and Technology Journalism from Texas A&M University. I have written for the Materials Research Society and the Council of Science Editors."
Ashley Smith, PhD
Epigenetics and Cell Biology, Brown University
"After graduating from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Biology and and B.A. in Chemistry, I began working at Brown University studying nanotoxicology under Dr. Agnes Kane. It was at Brown University that I first became interested in epigenetics. After working as a research assistant for two years, I realized that I wanted to extend my education and applied to several doctoral programs focusing on epigentics and cell biology. I chose to continue my studies at Brown and, while there, I was lucky to collaborate with UCSF to research the correlation between genetic and epigenetic patterns in human glioma. Our goal was to identify methylation profiles in brain tumors and associate these patterns with histology, outcome, and immune response. I received my PhD from Brown in 2013."
Danielle Haak, PhD
Natural Resource Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"My areas of expertise are aquatic ecology, invasive species, adaptive management, and ecological modeling. My research focused on several components of invasive species ecology, including bioenergetics, habitat suitability, and the development of new models and methods to predict the spread of different aquatic and wetland species. I have collaborated on grant applications and obtained research funding from federal (the EPA, NSF, and USGS), international (IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria), and various state and local sources. In my current role as an Academic Editor at RSC, I work on a number of products, including grant proposal reviews, scientific editing, and premium-level editing in a variety of research disciplines."
Caroline A. Curtis, PhD
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"My areas of expertise are species distribution modeling and plant ecology, with a focus on spatial and temporal changes in native and invasive plant distributions in response to climate change using various GIS and remote sensing approaches to analyze large datasets and satellite image time series. I funded this work with a NASA Earth and Space Science fellowship and served on a committee providing peer review and editing services for grant applications. In my current position, I work on reviewing grant applications, and as a Scientific Editor, I use my experience in research and communication to help authors clearly present the novelty and importance of their research."
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