Alissa Poh has written about peregrine falcons, NASA's latest gamma-ray observatory and Stanford Medical School's first archivist. She has talked to a Vatican astronomer about religion and science, and explored the scientific basis for perfect pitch. She earned her B.Sc. (Hons) degree in biochemistry from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and an M.S. in cancer pharmacology from Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire.
Alissa joined the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in September 2007, where she had the opportunity to write for Stanford Medical School, UCSC's Public Information Office and the Santa Cruz Sentinel, before completing the program with a summer internship at Children's Hospital Boston in 2008. She worked for Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) in Needham, MA, as assistant editor with the company's media group, where she wrote original stories for and produced the e-newsletter PharmaWeek. From 2009 to 2011, she regularly freelanced for CHI's flagship publication, Bio-IT World, Dartmouth Medicine magazine, and helped develop a public outreach website for the multi-center Lung Genomics Research Consortium (funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to better characterize chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis). After moving to the Midwest in 2011, she contributed science stories to the University of Kansas Medical Center's home page and print publication, Kansas Medicine+Science. She is currently freelancing for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research across the state line in Kansas City, MO, and managing the production of a web video series aimed at making Stowers' fundamental scientific discoveries more accessible to the general public. She also freelances for Cancer Discovery, a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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