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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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Meet the TS Team:
Rob D'Angelo, Publisher
As the publisher of The Scientist, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience managing successful B-to-B media organizations within the pharma and life science industries. He has served as sales director at BioTechniques; president of the BioScience Group at Informa Business Information; and publisher at Advanstar Communications and Thomson/Medical Economics.
Bob Grant, Editor in Chief
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, and other sections of the magazine.
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 and writes articles across the publication.
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.
Diana Kwon, Assistant Editor
Diana holds a master’s degree in neuroscience from McGill University, where she studied memory and aging. After leaving the lab behind, she interned with several publications, including The Scientist and Scientific American, before transitioning to full-time freelancing. Now at The Scientist, she writes and edits online and print content for the magazine from her office in Berlin.
Catherine Offord, Assistant Editor
After undergraduate research with spiders at the University of Oxford and graduate research with ants at Princeton University, Catherine left arthropods and academia to become a science writer. She has worked in various guises at The Scientist, starting as an intern in early 2016 before becoming a correspondent. As assistant editor, she now writes articles for the online and print publications, and edits the magazine’s Careers and Bio Business sections.
Shawna Williams, Associate Editor
Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate and science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, she worked as a freelance editor and writer, and in the communications offices of several academic research institutions. Shawna oversees The Scientist's social media channels and edits the Modus Operandi, Literature, and Foundations sections of the magazine.
Jim Daley, Intern
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Lisa Modica, Art Director
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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Ashley joined LabX Media Group in 2007 as the marketing coordinator, moving into an account manager position with LabX and Lab Manager shortly after. In November 2011, she became a senior account executive with The Scientist when the brand joined LabX Media Group. She has a bachelor of commerce honours degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Anita Bell, Account Executive
Anita started with LabX Media Group in July 2013 and worked as a Customer Account Manager for LabX.com. In April 2014, she joined the team at The Scientist. Anita graduated from the Journalism program at Humber College and studied Canadian History at York University in Toronto.
Melanie Dunlop, Account Executive
Melanie started with LabX Media Group in 2009 as the product manager for LabWrench and an account manager for LabX. In November 2011, she became the eastern account executive for The Scientist. She graduated from the Canadian Automotive Institute in Barrie, Ontario, and has a certificate in Automotive Business Studies.
Karen Evans, Senior Account Executive
Karen started with The Scientist in April 2016. She has spent more than 15 years in the life science industry, working in several marketing and sales roles. Before joining the team, Karen worked as a director of sales and marketing for Proliant Biologicals, as well as a senior account executive at Biocompare. Karen received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University.
Nicole Dupuis, The Scientist Expo, Sales & Marketing Manager
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.
Katie Prud'homme, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Katie joined LabX Media Group in January 2017 as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Scientist Events. In November 2017, she joined The Scientist team working as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. She studied at the University of Guelph-Humber and graduated with honours and received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Arts in Media Studies and a Diploma in Media Communications with a specialization in Public Relations.