After fourteen years as a laboratory researcher in the areas of developmental biology and signal transduction, I became one of the original editorial staff of the molecular biology journal EMBO reports, participating in its launchThere I was initially responsible for its Reviews section and later for its Scientific Reports section, and gained in-depth experience with the processes of line-by-line editing and peer review.

Current work:

I returned to academia in 2006, establishing an editing service at the University of Iowa.  My aim is to help members of the basic science community enhance the success of their publications and funding by working with them to maximize the clarity of their scientific documents prior to submission. I provide in-depth editorial review of grant applications and manuscripts (most commonly research articles and the accompanying correspondence), commenting on not only the language but also the presentation of the science, with an eye to bringing the significance and impact of the work to the forefront.


  • Senior investigators overburdened with writing and other commitments
  • Junior investigators seeking in-depth critiques of their writing
  • Post-docs & graduate students
  • Non-native speakers of English

    In addition to working with personnel at the University of Iowa, I take on jobs from outside institutions as time permits (see Contact & Pricing).


Paper Writing in Practice
          Director of 9-week professional development mini-course
          Coaching of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars/fellows in writing up their           current research.

Critical Thinking and Communication (2008–2011)
          Instructor for graduate-student course
          Developed lectures on how to write research articles and grant applications; provided           students with feedback on each.

Presentation of workshops, seminars and webinars for the broader university community., e.g.:
          Productive Paper Submission from an Editor’s Perspective
          Grant Writing (focus on NIH format)
          Editing/Publishing as Alternative Careers for Scientists


Scientific text that’s clear and concise —
edited by a molecular biologist with experience on both sides of publishing.