I’m a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University and an avid science communicator with experience as a professional science journalist. In addition to communicating about my own research, I help other scientists promote and explain their science to the general public and also assist in editing grant proposals and manuscripts for clarity and readability. If you want help communicating your science, but don’t know where to start, contact me!
email: jenna.e.gallegos @ gmail ORCID: 0000-0003-4875-8163
I recently completed a PhD at UC Davis where I studied the factors that control gene expression in plants. As a graduate student, I explored a diversity of topics from agricultural economics to nutrition through science education and outreach activities. I write and make videos about food and agricultural science issues, exciting discoveries, and my experiences teaching science lessons to K-bacc students. I even helped found a UC Davis science outreach group called Science Says.
My volunteer activities as a graduate student lead to my selection as a Mass Media Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. As a AAAS Mass Media Fellow, I interned as a science reporter at the Washington Post.
I went to graduate school, because I wanted to make discoveries that would help farmers increase the yield, nutritional quality, and sustainability of their crops. While there, I discovered a love for basic science, and innovative ideas for solving the world’s problems.
As an intern working on Monsanto’s BioDirect platform, I gained an appreciation for the potential of biology to replace chemistry in many agricultural and pharmaceutical applications. As a postdoc in Jean Peccoud’s lab at Colorado State University, I am further exploring the production of biologics and the use of synthetic biology to improve biologic production.
I have continued my science outreach activities as a postdoc. I assist in managing communications through our lab website and twitter account, and I recently published a story in The Conversation, which was reprinted by Scientific American. I also serve as an Assistant Features Editor for the journal The Plant Cell and a regular contributor to the Cornell Alliance for Science blog.