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I have written a little bit of everything: newsletters, brochures, op-eds, case statements, blog posts and web pages. Here’s my resume and a few samples to show what I can do.

Articles                                                                                                                                  
Maya has a rare neuro­degenerative condition—a form of Batten disease called atypical TPP1 deficiency. The word “rare” hardly does it justice: ultra rare, hyper rare, twenty-people-in-the-entire-world rare?  How to Survive a Rare Disease

Eric Topol is not satisfied with the health care status quo. The practicing cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute has seen the future of medicine and, in his view, we’re not getting there fast enough…Healthcare Goes High-Tech 

The fan tweet seemed more fitting to Coachella than Scripps Pier. A selfie included a bearded man in the background: “The closest I’ll ever be to George Church #legend.”         La Jolla’s Geek Woodstock

Detecting and treating breast cancer is like a biological game of hide-and-seek. Clinicians must figure out whether a patient has cancer, how far the cancer has spread, and how much tissue to remove during surgery…Tracking Down Breast Cancer

There are trillions of microbes in the body — ten times more bacteria than there are cells. And while many may perform beneficial tasks, others aren’t so friendly…Gut Reaction

Tumors grow without us knowing, migrate and hide in other organs and resist treatments for reasons we don’t fully understand. For years, a major clinical and scientific goal has been to drag cancer into the light. We are almost there...Tailored Treatments

Insulin keeps Chris Stiehl alive, but it’s no picnic. Like millions of others suffering from diabetes, he wants a better option. He wants a cure…Mimicking the Pancreas

Until recently, the first thing Tracy Dixon-Salazar did every morning was check her daughter Savannah to see if she was still breathing. When she was a toddler, Savannah started having seizures...Finding Answers for Savannah

News Releases                                                                                                                        Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with colleagues at Jackson Laboratory, have developed a new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer…A better way to personalize bladder cancer treatments

Highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) has helped millions survive the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Unfortunately, HIV has a built-in survival mechanism, creating reservoirs of latent, inactive virus that are invisible to both HAART and the immune system…Waking up HIV

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the protein LRIG1 reduces breast cancer invasion and could potentially help control metastasis...Tumor suppressor LRIG1 controls breast cancer aggression and invasion

In a comprehensive modeling study, researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have found that breast cancer screening with digital mammography poses only a small risk of radiation-induced breast cancer for most women. However, the research showed increased risk for women with large breasts or breast implants, who must often receive extra screening views, increasing their radiation exposure…Making a safe procedure even safer

White Papers                                                                                                                         Since the five-year doubling of the NIH budget, completed in 2003, federal support for basic research has been under increasing pressure – intensified in 2013 by sequestration and congressional efforts to reduce the national deficit. In this new age of austerity, past research funding models are unsustainable…Reinvigorating Biomedical Research Funding

First off, marketing channels are expanding at a seemingly exponential rate. We were once limited to television, radio, print, America Online and CompuServe. Now we have YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instragram, Pinterest and text messaging… Science Marketing 2.0: A New Era, a New Toolbox

The medicines, medical devices, diagnostics, research tools, and biorenewables developed by life sciences companies across California preserve and improve quality of life for people around the world....CLSA California Life Sciences Industry 2016 Report 

Viral hepatitis is often called the silent epidemic. While more than 5 million people are infected with chronic Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) nationwide, symptoms may take decades to manifest and many may not be aware they are infected. That, combined with the stigma associated with hepatitis, has muted concern and endangered public health…Hepatitis: Stopping an Epidemic