Scientific Writers

Meet the Team

Cally Xiao

University Hospital of Cologne

Cally is a PhD student in developmental biology at the University Hospital of Cologne. Her scientific career began at the University of California–Irvine, where she first learned about laboratory life. She then continued on to Bonn, Germany to study neurosciences. Now in Cologne, she is investigating the effects of centrosome loss in the developing mouse embryo. When not working at the lab bench, Cally writes about science for a wider audience, aiming to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public.

Robin Floyd

University of Cambridge

Robin is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and also studied at the University of Edinburgh (BSc in Zoology followed by PhD in the lab of Prof. Mark Blaxter). He began his research life working on nematode worms but has had a diverse career, with subsequent positions at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge and the University of Guelph in Canada; he now works as senior technician in the lab of Dr Brian Hendrich at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. He is experienced in applying the tools of molecular biology to a variety of different research questions, from ecology to cell biology. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

Dr Moyra Lawrence

University of Cambridge

Moyra was born in Cork, Ireland and did her undergraduate degree in Trinity College, Dublin, before doing a PhD in Stem Cell Biology in Cambridge, UK. She then began her adventures around Europe studying histone modifications in Strasbourg, France and then Munich, Germany. She loves stem cell biology and epigenetics, as well as tea, travelling and meeting new people. She’s now back in Cambridge working on platelet generation from human iPS cells and enjoying some great tea.

Amelia J. Thompson

University of Cambridge

Amelia J. Thompson grew up dodging spiders and snakes on an Australian farm, which was good training for a future scientist. She is now completing an interdisciplinary PhD in biophysics and neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. When not in the laboratory, she has edited and written for Bluesci magazine in Cambridge, and can often be found at poetry readings or the theatre.

Natalie Hadland

University of California–Irvine

Natalie Hadland is a media producer for the University of California–Irvine. She also freelances as an illustrator and photographer in Long Beach, California, where she resides with her husband, making puppets in her spare time.

Lorenzo Orietti

University of Cambridge

Lorenzo completed his BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Milan and MSc in Human Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London. After an internship at the IMBA in Vienna, he joined the lab of Prof. Magda Zernicka-Goetz in Cambridge as a graduate student in 2015.

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