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The Scientist is the magazine for life science professionals—a publication dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields. Through innovative print articles, online stories, and multimedia features, the magazine explores the latest scientific discoveries, trends in research, innovative techniques, new technology, business, and careers. It is read by leading researchers in industry and academia who value penetrating analyses and broad perspectives on life-science topics both within and beyond their areas of expertise. Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining.
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Mary Beth Aberlin, Editor-in-Chief
Mary Beth joined The Scientist in 2010 as deputy editor and became editor-in-chief in 2011. Setting out to become a physical organic chemist, she fell in love with the biomedical sciences after working in a virology lab following her master’s degree in chemistry, and went on to obtain a PhD in biology from the Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Mary Beth went into publishing after living in Costa Rica and Argentina and raising three kids. Before joining TS, she worked as managing editor of The Sciences and executive editor of Natural History.
Jennifer “Jef” Akst, Senior Editor
Jef got her master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses. After four years of diving off the Gulf Coast of Tampa and performing behavioral experiments at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, she left research to pursue a career in science writing. Jef edits the magazine’s Features, Biobusiness, and Careers sections and writes articles across the publication.
Bob Grant, Senior Editor
Bob started with The Scientist as a staff writer in 2007. Before joining the team, he worked as a reporter at Audubon and earned a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. In his previous life, he pursued a career in science, getting a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Montana State University and a master’s degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Bob edits Notebook, Reading Frames, Scientist to Watch, Speaking of Science and usually writes Capsule Reviews.
Kerry Grens, Senior Editor and News Director
Before returning to The Scientist in 2013, Kerry was the senior health and science reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia, and, later, a stringer for Reuters Health. Her first tenure at TS began in 2006 as a staff writer. As news director, Kerry assigns, edits, and sometimes reports breaking news and in-depth features for the website. She also manages the online news blog and opinion column. She has a master’s in biological sciences from Stanford University and a biology degree from Loyola University Chicago.
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Lisa has been Art Director of The Scientist since July 2012. Previously, she was Senior Graphic Designer at The Scientist, Senior Graphic Designer at Mighty Engine advertising agency, and Events Marketing Designer at Interweave Press. Lisa received her communication design certification from University of the Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in design and merchandising from Drexel University, both in Philadelphia, PA.
Erin Lemieux, Graphic Designer
Erin joined The Scientist in September 2012. Prior to coming to TS, she was a junior graphic designer at Fizzz Design Corp. in Toronto, Canada. She has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from OCAD University, and now resides in her hometown of Midland, Ontario.
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Nicole Dupuis joined LabX Media Group in October 2014 as a sales rep for Neuroscientist News. She spent more than 20 years in the dental industry, working in several positions from chair-side assistant to office manager, as well as a dental faculty advisor and instructor at a community college. More recently, she moved on to merchandising, marketing, sales and customer service positions in the fashion industry.
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