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Deanna MacNeil, PhD

Deanna earned their PhD from McGill University in 2020, studying the cellular biology of aging and cancer. They have an endless curiosity about DNA ends (telomeres), and in addition to telomere research, Deanna has a multidisciplinary academic background ranging from chemistry to metacognition to microbiology. Deanna is a medical writer and budding science communicator. They joined The Scientist's Creative Services Team in 2022 as an assistant science editor.

Articles by Deanna MacNeil, PhD
3D medical illustration showing acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells and red blood cells in circulation.
Niche Interactions Lock Down Leukemia Cells
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Sep 24, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers unravel the mystery of epithelial to mesenchymal transition in acute lymphoblastic leukemia with co-culture techniques, CRISPR-screening, and RNA sequencing.
Carolyn Bertozzi working in the laboratory with postdoctoral scholar Ula Gerling-Driessen
Trimming Undruggable Cancer Targets
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Sep 13, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers took aim at mucins, glycoproteins that protect cancer cells from drugs and the immune response, and engineered a revolutionary targeted tool for oncology and beyond.
A dart board with on dart on the bullseye and several scattered darts that missed the target
Predicting the Next Level of CRISPR Control
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Aug 28, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists combine the power of genome-wide screens and machine learning to unlock the secrets of transcriptome engineering with Cas13.
A drawing of the sun on the sand, surrounded by items that people use to protect themselves from UV damage, including sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
Taking Snapshots of DNA Damage in Skin Cancer
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Aug 15, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers turn to high resolution sequencing to explain recurrent melanoma mutations caused by UV exposure.
Surreal illustration of the mind, represented by a person-shaped iceberg. A scuba diver illuminates the dark side of the iceberg underwater with a flashlight.
Toward Better Biomarkers for Schizophrenia
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Aug 7, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers scratch the surface of schizophrenia susceptibility by uncovering DNA methylation differences in neonatal blood samples.
Medical illustration of brain cancer with a microscopic magnification of malignant cells dividing in the tumor microenvironment.
Capturing the Brain Tumor Microenvironment with Tissue Engineering
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Aug 4, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers built a 3D glioblastoma model to study therapeutic resistance and improve drug screening systems.
Image of various medical supplies on blue background
Relevant Models Reflect Real-world Needs
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Aug 1, 2023 | 1 min read
Jie Sun shares how his curiosity, creativity, and motivation to address clinical public health needs steer his research in immunology and infectious disease.
The Ins and Outs of LC-MS
The Ins and Outs of LC-MS
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jul 24, 2023 | 4 min read
From proteomics to pharmacokinetics, researchers turn to advances in liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify and quantify components in different samples.
Microscopy image of a fluorescent green oligodendrocyte surrounded by astrocytes stained red with blue nuclei.
Searching for a Direct Route to Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jul 17, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers created a new high-throughput tool to hunt for therapies that remyelinate the nervous system.
Infographic showing how CITE-seq detects protein and gene expression in the same cell
Infographic: Capturing a More Complete Picture of Expression
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 1 min read
CITE-seq draws upon the unbiased nature of single-cell RNA sequencing to gather new insights about protein and gene expression within the same cell.