The Scientist is the magazine for life science professionals—a publication dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields. Through innovative print articles, online stories, and multimedia features, the magazine explores the latest scientific discoveries, trends in research, innovative techniques, new technology, business, and careers. It is read by leading researchers in industry and academia who value penetrating analyses and broad perspectives on life-science topics both within and beyond their areas of expertise. Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining.

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Meet the TS Team:


Rob D'Angelo, Publisher

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

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. Bob edits Reading Frames and other sections of the magazine.

Jennifer “Jef” Akst, Senior Editor

Jef got her master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 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 edits the magazine’s Features and writes articles across the publication.

Kerry Grens, Senior Editor and News Director

Before returning to The Scientist in 2013, Kerry was the senior health and science reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia, and, later, a stringer for Reuters Health. Her first tenure at TS began in 2006 as a staff writer. As news director, Kerry assigns, edits, and sometimes reports breaking news and in-depth features for the website. She also manages the online news blog and opinion column. She has a master’s in biological sciences from Stanford University and a biology degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Catherine Offord, Associate Editor

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

Shawna Williams, Associate Editor

Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate and 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. Shawna oversees The Scientist's social media channels and edits the Modus Operandi, Literature, and Foundations sections of the magazine. 

Ashley Yeager, Associate Editor

 Ashley joined The Scientist in 2018. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master's degree in science writing from MIT. Previously, she worked as a freelance editor and writer, a writer at the Simons Foundation, and a web producer at Science News, among other positions. Ashley now writes and edits articles for the online and print publications.

Carolyn Wilke, Intern

Carolyn Wilke is a Chicago-based science journalist. She recently completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. As a 2017 AAAS Mass Media Fellow, she reported on science and technology at The Sacramento Bee. Her work has also appeared at NPR, New Scientist, and Science News.

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 and Modus Operandi writer.

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.


Erin Lemieux, Graphic Designer

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.


Ashley Haire, Associate Sales Director

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, Account Executive

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.

Melanie Dunlop, Account Executive

Melanie started with LabX Media Group in 2009 as the product manager for LabWrench and an account manager for LabX. In November 2011, she became the eastern account executive for The Scientist. She graduated from the Canadian Automotive Institute in Barrie, Ontario, and has a certificate in Automotive Business Studies.

Karen Evans, Senior Account Executive

Karen started with 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. 

Katie Prud'homme, Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Katie joined LabX Media Group in January 2017 as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Scientist Events. In November 2017, she joined The Scientist team working as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. She studied at the University of Guelph-Humber and graduated with honours and received a Bachelor's degree in Applied Arts in Media Studies and a Diploma in Media Communications with a specialization in Public Relations.