I just finished my PhD in Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research focused on designing nanoparticles to kill drug-resistant bacteria. After defending my PhD, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in science writing and communication. I first began writing about science for graduate school’s STEM blog, Science Buffs. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with reporting science stories – and that experience gave me the confidence to start freelancing! Over the years I started working with many networks like Massive Science, NPR Sci Commers, and ComSciCon. Each of those networks have made me a better science writer, and a better scientist. I’m so honored and thrilled for the opportunity to use those skills as a fellow at the Los Angeles Times, supported by APS! If I’m not drinking coffee and staring at a blank Word doc, I’m probably playing basketball, hiking, or asking to pet stranger’s dogs.