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Rob D'Angelo, VP, Group Publishing Director  | Contact

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 | Contact

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 science 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.

Jennifer “Jef” AkstManaging Editor | Contact 

Jef got her master’s degree from Indiana University 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 joined The Scientist as an intern in 2009 and never left, serving various roles on the editorial staff. She now edits the magazine’s Features and writes articles across the publication.

Amanda Heidt, Assistant Editor | Contact

Midway through her master’s degree in marine science, Amanda realized how few scientists felt comfortable speaking about their work. She challenged herself to share her research and ultimately completed a second master’s in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formerly an intern at The Scientist, she joined the staff in March 2021 as assistant editor, writing for digital and print sections and editing the Scientist to Watch, Foundations, and Short Lit sections. 

Catherine Offord, Senior Editor | Contact

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 senior editor, she now writes articles for the online and print publications, and edits the magazine’s Notebook, Careers, and Bio Business sections.

Dan Robitzski, Staff Writer/Editor | Contact

Dan joined the team at The Scientist in 2021. Ironically, Dan’s undergraduate degree and brief career in neuroscience inspired him to write about research rather than conduct it, culminating in him earning a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University in 2017. Dan’s work has appeared in CRISPR Medicine News, Undark, Popular Science, IEEE Spectrum, and elsewhere, and he spent several years as a senior reporter at Futurism.

Christie Wilcox, Newsletter Editor | Contact

Christie was a well-established science blogger and writer when she was awarded a PhD from the University of Hawaii in 2014 for her research on the genetics of lionfishes. A short two years later, she published her debut book Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, which received widespread acclaim, and after that, she fully left academia behind and established herself as a science writer and editor. She joined The Scientist in 2021 as the newsletter editor.

Shawna Williams, Senior Editor and News Director | Contact

Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate in 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. As news editor, Shawna assigns, edits, and sometimes reports breaking news, opinion articles, and in-depth features for the website.

Lisa Winter, Social Media Editor | Contact

Lisa joined The Scientist in 2017. As social media editor, some of her duties include creating content, managing interactions, and developing strategies for the brand’s social media presence. She also reports articles for the website and magazine. Lisa holds a degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in genetics, cell, and developmental biology from Arizona State University and has worked in science communication since 2012.

Ruth Williams, Correspondent

Following a PhD in genetics from King’s College London and postdoctoral studies at Imperial College’s MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Ruth jumped the science ship to be an editor for Nature Reviews Neuroscience. She then jumped country to become a news editor for the New York–based Journal of Cell Biology before landing happily in the freelance writer realm. Ruth has been contributing to The Scientist since 2011 and is a regular news correspondent.

Abby Olena, Correspondent

Abby got her start in science journalism in 2013 as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Chicago Tribune. After serving as an intern for The Scientist and finishing up a PhD studying zebrafish retinas at Vanderbilt University, she was a science communication postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, where she created and taught courses to help scientists communicate their research. As a correspondent for The Scientist, she reports on new developments in life science for the website. space

Greg Brewer, Creative Director | Contact

Greg joined LabX Media Group (LMG), which publishes The Scientist, in April 2008. Before coming to LMG, Brewer studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College in Toronto in 2000. Brewer has taken on numerous creative roles, designing elements for many of the company’s brands and heading up custom projects for advertisers. He now resides in his hometown of Midland, Ontario.

Erin Lemieux, Art Director | Contact

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.

Ashleigh Campsall, Graphic Designer | Contact

Ashleigh joined LabX Media Group in September 2019. She works alongside the company’s brands to create custom content and formats The Scientist publication for our digital audience. Ashleigh graduated with a certificate in art and design fundamentals and an advanced diploma in graphic design from Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.

Ashley Haire, Sales Director | Contact

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, Senior Account Executive | Contact

Anita started with LabX Media Group in July 2013 and worked as a Customer Account Manager for 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.

Karen Evans, Senior Account Executive | Contact

Karen joined 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.


Dawn Schaefer, Senior Account Executive | Contact

Dawn started at LabX Media Group in September 2020 with our sister publication Lab Manager.  She was recently promoted to Senior Account Manager with The Scientist in the Northeast territory.  Dawn brings over 20 years of successful publishing, management and sales experience to us.  Her previous role was Associate Publisher of Eyecare Business magazine as well as other sales roles in the optical and health care industries.  Dawn graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management.

Amanda Purvis, Team Lead, Sales Operations Contact

Amanda joined LabX Media Group in March 2019 as the Business Development Administrator for The Scientist. With a background in marketing, graphic design and media sales, Amanda brings with her 15+ years in the industry. Amanda studied Art and Design at Georgian College

Mikaela Swietlinska, Coordinator, Sales Operations | Contact

Mikaela joined The Scientist in July of this year (2021). Prior to coming to TS, she spent 10 years in the healthcare field in various positions. She has a bachelor's degree with honors in Sociology from Laurentian University, and now resides in Angus, Ontario. When Mikaela is not at work, she loves to play and ref soccer, and spend time with her family (particularly her 2 nephews!)

Meaghan Brownley, Team Lead, Creative Services Operations Team | Contact

Meaghan joined LabX Media Group with The Scientist team in June 2017 as a Social Media Coordinator. She soon advanced to leading the webinars program, coordinating over 60 events to date, and now also manages the sponsored social media programs with the Creative Services Department. She studied English Literature and French at the University of Toronto and also, Marketing and Advertising at Georgian College.

Addyson Chambers, Operations Coordinator, Creative Services | Contact

Addyson joined Lab X Media Group in June 2021 as the Operations Coordinator for The Scientist. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Integrated Marketing Communication.

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