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Hi, I'm Laurel.

I'm a science writer and editor at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, based in Washington, D.C. I cover basic neuroscience research and the development of new biological tools and imaging techniques.

Before that, I spent almost three years as a general assignment reporter at Science News magazine, where I wrote about everything from wombat poop to cancer immunotherapy.

I’m a proud graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. When I'm not writing, you'll probably find me outside.