Our Editors

Ben Marcus, Ph.D.

Ben received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University of Chicago in 2016, where he studied the role of learning and memory in drug addiction. He is a senior public relations specialist a CG Life. Ben loves sharing science with everyone he meets and demonstrating that science is in everything we do, even when we don’t notice it.

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Jackie Patterson

Jackie is a Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University. Her research integrates pharmacology and robotics to study changes that occur in the brain following a stroke that contribute to movement impairments. Her ultimate goal is to help individuals who have had a brain injury be able to move with ease and joy again. She has a keen passion for translational research, conveying insights from the lab to the clinic and to the public. Alongside research, Jackie enjoys running marathons, exploring new areas of the world, and eating ice cream.

Ekaterina ‘Stella’ Tsotsos
Social Media Editor

Stella is from Chicago, and she recently graduated from Brown University ’19, where she majored in materials engineering.  She’s hopped from lab to lab, researching biodegradable polymers, garnets with funky magnetic properties, and now stainless steel for a nuclear power company.   The best parts of her research are making crystals, polishing metals to a mirror shine, mixing colorful reactions, ripping steel apart, and watching polymers fall out of solution.  She hopes everyone will get the chance to be excited about science, so she loves to help out with local science fairs and competitions. When she’s not researching materials science, Stella enjoys dancing, ice skating, reading, and taking long walks around big cities.

Andrea Dao
Assistant Editor

Andrea Dao is a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago in the Molecular Engineering Program. She is interested in developing vaccines and understanding how they work in the body.

Molly Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Editor

Molly Evans is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lucks Lab at Nortwestern University

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Erica Dix
Newsletter Editor

Erica graduated cum laude from DePaul University with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing track, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Erica is especially passionate about climate science and sustainability, and hopes that promoting science literacy will encourage us to address our greatest challenges as a species. She believe that creative communication about science and medicine is extremely important, and that clear, engaging storytelling can really make a difference in these fields.

Sarah Anderson
Assistant Editor

Sarah is a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, studying chemistry. She is also a writer for JACS Spotlights from the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Kelsey Ryan
Assistant Editor

Kelsey is the Manager of Conservation Communications at the Shedd Aquarium.

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