GLP Staff

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Jon Entine, Executive Director
Jon’s interest in genetics arose from a family history of breast and ovarian cancer, which led to the writing of two books on population genetics: Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People (2007) and Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It (2001). He’s also written on the politics of food and farming: Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (2005) and Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? (2006); and on science and risk: Scared to Death: How Chemophobia Threatens Public Health. Jon has been a contributing columnist at hundreds of media outlets around the world. He spoke before the National Academy of Sciences and the Australian National Press Club on GMO safety. Before becoming a print journalist, Jon was a producer and executive for 20 years at NBC News and ABC News, winning 20 journalism honors, including a National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award and Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the former Soviet Union. He was head of documentaries and Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at NBC News. He studied philosophy in college and received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
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Sabrina Halvorson, Agriculture Editor
Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and public speaker who specializes in agriculture and food. Having spent most of her life in California’s ag-centric Central Valley, she now also lives part time in North Dakota. She is a member of North American Agricultural Journalists, AAEA-The Ag Communicators’ Network, Radio, Television, Digital News Association and is a former board member for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Follow her on Twitter @SabrinaHalvorsn [note the spelling of her twitter handle is deliberately wrong]
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Swathi Chakravarthy, Social Media Manager
Swathi supports GLP functions through promotional social media content. She earned her master’s degree in bioengineering from San Diego State University and worked as a scientist in a biotech company. She is also a certified digital marketer who aspires to become a full-time content creator.
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Leah Garden, Editor and Director of Sustainability
Leah oversees oversees our sustainability coverage and also serves as an articles editor. She is the 2021 Environment Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Project. She previously was the Dairy Greenhouse Gas Impact intern at World Wildlife Fund, Sustainability Communications intern at the Can Manufacturers Institute, and account coordinator at the consulting firm Schultz & Williams. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from American University’s Kogod School of Business and a B.S.B.A. from Bucknell University.
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Allison J. Getker Kennedy, Researcher
Ally is a University of Florida graduate involved in neuroscience research, with plans to attend medical school and become a specialist in treating infectious disease. She anchors and appears on podcasts dedicated to science accessibility and communications and runs a website where she writes articles on COVID-19 and infectious disease.
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Dale McGowan, Social Media Editor
Dale served as founding executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, the world’s largest humanist philanthropic organization. He has written and edited nine books on subjects from nonreligious parenting to communicating scientific values and concepts to friends and family and was named 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year. Dale holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology from UC Berkeley and a PhD in music composition from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Atlanta. Follow him at his website or on Twitter @DaleAMcGowan.
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Brian Muia, Director of Finance
Brian is Director of Finance at the GLP and serves as a strategic partner and advisor to the full Board. He is shareholder and CPA at Jones and Kolb in Atlanta, GA. He also provides general consulting, audit and accounting and tax services to individuals and privately-held entities in a variety of industries, including real estate, not-for-profits, employee benefit plans and others. In addition to working directly with clients, Brian presents on entrepreneurial and accounting subjects and serves on various boards. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Anne Nesathurai, Editorial Director, Daily Content and Social Media
Anne oversees the site, GLP Daily Digests and social media implementation to make complex science topics accessible to everyone. She is also a New York State Emergency Medical Technician. A graduate of Vassar College, she anticipates going to medical school to fulfill her interests in science education and primary care.
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Kayleen Schreiber, Infographics and Data Visualization Specialist
Kayleen communicates complex concepts through animation, infographics, data visualization and writing. She earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2017, preceded by a BA in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and focuses on designing and communicating challenging scientific concepts to the public through engaging visuals.

GLP Contributors

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Kat Arney, Senior Contributor, Genetics Unzipped Podcast
Kat hosts and produces the Genetics Unzipped podcast in cooperation with the UK Genetics Society for the GLP. She is an award-winning science writer, public speaker and broadcaster, and author of the popular genetics books Herding Hemingway’s Cats and How to Code a Human. She holds a first class degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD from Cambridge University, specializing in biomedical science, genetics and mammalian development. Kat spent 12 years in the science communications team at Cancer Research UK and co-founded its Science Blog and podcast. She is the founder and director of First Create the Media, a science communications consultancy, working with biotech start-ups, research organizations, charities and universities. When she’s not working, Kat loves baking bread, making music, drinking single malt whisky and snuggling spaniels. Find her on Twitter @Kat_Arney
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Marc Brazeau,  Senior Contributing Columnist
Marc writes about food politics, sustainable agriculture and nutrition at the Food and Farm Discussion Lab. The lab is a micro-think tank approaching food system issues from an evidence-based, agromodernist perspective.  One of the central projects of FAFDL is fostering an online community providing respectful, evidence-based discussion on all matters related to food and farming.  Marc has a long history with food. He picked cucumbers while in junior high and did orchard work in high school. He was a union organizer and a chef before his work as a food policy writer.  Follow him on Twitter @eatcookwrite.
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Steve E. Cerier, Contributing Columnist
Steve has worked as an international economist, global financial markets analyst and strategist and currency analyst for financial institutions in New York City and in the capacity of a freelance consultant. In addition, he has been involved in writing reports on economic, financial transparency and governance issues for developed, developing and low income countries to assess country risk. He is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York and has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.
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Angela Dowden, Contributing Columnist
Angela has a BSc in food science from the University of Nottingham and is listed on the Association for Nutrition-governed UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists — a list of nutrition practitioners who meet rigorously applied training, competence and professional practice criteria. She became a freelance journalist following a period working as a nutritionist in industry and over the years has written extensively for many UK and global publications including the Daily Mail, Daily Express, American Council for Science and Health and When she’s not working she’s often out riding the hills on her road bike.
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Cameron J. English, Senior Contributor, Facts & Fallacies Podcast
Cameron is a science writer, editor and co-host of GLP’s Science Facts and Fallacies podcast. Before the GLP, Cameron was the editor at Deniers for Hire, a project of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) dedicated to countering misinformation around genetic engineering. He is a Young Scientists in America Research Fellow at ACSH. His work has been published by Forbes, RealClearScience, Priorities Magazine, Science 2.0 and Mic. Cameron’s writing has also been featured in textbooks published by McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education to teach critical thinking skills to high school students. He attended Folsom Lake College.; Twitter @camjenglish
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Kevin M. Folta, Senior Contributor, Facts & Fallacies Podcast
Kevin is a professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His research explores the biochemical basis of fruit flavors, how light affects plant traits, and small molecule discovery for next-generation herbicides and antibiotics. He was recognized with the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications in 2016 for teaching scientists and farmers how to communicate with the public. Follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinfolta and visit his website.
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Ricki Lewis,  Senior Contributing Columnist
Ricki is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. She is the author of the only popular book on gene therapy, The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It (St. Martin’s Press, 2013); Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications (McGraw-Hill, 2018); Human Genetics: The Basics (Routledge Press, 2017); and has also published an intro biology book, two human anatomy and physiology books, an essay collection, and a novel about stem cells. She writes the DNA Science blog at PLOS and contributes regularly to Medscape Medical News. Ricki is an adjunct professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College and is a genetic counselor. She is a frequent public speaker and has published thousands of articles, mostly about biotechnology and medical genetics, since 1982. @rickilewis
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Samuel Moxon, Contributing Columnist
Samuel is a biomedical engineer with expertise in regenerative medicine. He is a research fellow at the University of Manchester in the U.K. and holds an undergraduate degree in medical genetics and a PhD in tissue engineering. Sam frequently delivers lectures on his work and has published studies in prestigious journals. He has worked in the field for eight years and has been involved in science communication since 2016. When he is not working, Sam likes to spend time walking in the English Lake District with his family.
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Andrew Porterfield, Senior Contributing Columnist and Editor
Andrew has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, and has worked as a public information officer for the Salk Institute and the University of California-Irvine. His articles haves appeared in ScienceNOW, Entomology Today, American Association of Pharmaceutical Science, Newsday, CBS News and San Francisco Chronicle. He has a BA in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a MS in biotechnology from the University of Maryland. Andrew has also worked with a number of biotechnology and device firms, ranging from startups to Pfizer.
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Luis A. Ventura-Martinez, Contributing Columnist
Luis is a biologist with expertise in biosafety, biotechnology and science communication. He holds a degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an academic stay at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico (IPN). He is a fellow at Cornell University’s Alliance for Science and a member of the International Platform of Genetic Resources (PGRIP) hosted by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra).
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Patrick Michael Whittle, Contributing Columnist
Patrick is a New Zealand-based writer with a particular interest in the ethical and political implications of genetic technology and evolutionary biology. As well as writing popular science and opinion pieces for print and online publications, he has also worked in such exotic locations as Oman, the UAE, Kazakhstan, southern China, and Oswaldtwistle in Northern England. Academically, Patrick has graduate and post-graduate qualifications in linguistics, education, journalism, and philosophy, and has published in a number of academic journals in addition to co-authoring the academic text on ethics, conservation and genetics, ‘Resurrecting Extinct Species’. Patrick’s Website
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