Shawna Williams

Shawna Williams

Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017 and is now a senior editor. 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 OperandiLiterature, and Foundations sections of the magazine.

Articles by Shawna Williams
SARS-CoV-2–Fighting T Cells Found in Recovered Patients
SARS-CoV-2–Fighting T Cells Found in Recovered Patients
Shawna Williams | May 15, 2020
While the finding doesn’t prove people become immune to the virus after infection, it is good news for vaccine development.
Support for Vaccine Challenge Trials Gains Momentum
Support for Vaccine Challenge Trials Gains Momentum
Shawna Williams | May 11, 2020
The idea of deliberately infecting volunteers with SARS-CoV-2 has garnered significant attention as a potential avenue to speedier development, as the World Health Organization weighs in with recommendations.
Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Shawna Williams | May 4, 2020
Asian giant hornets were found for the first time in Washington State and could reemerge in the spring.
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Could Curbing Runaway Immune Responses Treat COVID-19?
Could Curbing Runaway Immune Responses Treat COVID-19?
Shawna Williams | Apr 21, 2020
Drugs targeting patients’ immune systems, rather than the virus itself, could be key to recovery from severe cases of the disease, some researchers suggest.
Crowdsourced Protein Simulation Exceeds Supercomputers’ Power
Crowdsourced Protein Simulation Exceeds Supercomputers’ Power
Shawna Williams | Apr 15, 2020
Folding@Home, currently focused on deciphering the workings of SARS-CoV-2, is the first project to have exascale-level computational muscle.
Cats, Ferrets Susceptible to SARS-CoV-2: Study
Cats, Ferrets Susceptible to SARS-CoV-2: Study
Shawna Williams | Apr 2, 2020
Researchers report that dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks did not easily become infected.
A Trick that Helps Horses and Cattle Avoid Metastatic Cancer
A Trick that Helps Horses and Cattle Avoid Metastatic Cancer
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2020
Researchers find connective tissue has a crucial role to play in whether cancer cells metastasize.
Colon Cancer Uses a Regenerative Playbook to Metastasize
Colon Cancer Uses a Regenerative Playbook to Metastasize
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2020
A study finds similarities between cells that heal wounds and those that lead deadly cancerous invasions.
Border Closing Strands Professors, Students in Peru
Border Closing Strands Professors, Students in Peru
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2020
Under lockdown in a hotel, members of a plant ecology course continue to work and study as they seek a way to return home.