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Meet the BioLine Writers


Abbey RobinsonAbbey Robinson

Abbey is a MCDB&G Ph.D. student in Assistant Professor Kate Adamala's lab. She works on engineering and constructing communication systems for synthetic minimal cells. Abbey garnered an interest in science communication as an undergrad when she gave her first poster presentation and came to the stark realization that if she continued in science, she'd have to explain things. As someone who once hated English class, writing has become one of Abbey's favorite things about science and she hopes to help other students find a passion for writing as well. She is a co-founder.  

Judee SharonJudee Sharon 

Judee is a BMBB Ph.D. candidate in Assistant Professor Kate Adamala's lab. She builds new functionality into cell-free systems and synthetic cells to more effectively understand how communication occurs between living cells. After finishing her Ph.D., Judee is interested in entrepreneurship. She understands the importance of being able to communicate scientific ideas to a wide audience—whether the audience is made up of community members or venture capitalists. With BioLine, she hopes to introduce a platform that empowers CBS researchers to strengthen their communication muscle while exchanging ideas across disciplines. She is a co-founder.


Jonas stands wearing a navy blue shirt with trees in the backgroundJonas Alvarez

Jonas is a PhD candidate in the BMBB program. He's worked in the Mashek lab since February 2019. Currently, Jonas is studying how lipid metabolism and circadian rhythms communicate and how aging affects this communication. Jonas is interested in science communication and outreach. As a first generation PhD candidate, he hopes to make science more accessible to people from disenfranchised communities and help build a diverse and inclusive scientific community.

Alex Crum wearing a blue jacket with trees in the backgroundAlex Crum

Alex is a Plant & Microbial Biology graduate student in the Yang lab. Alex's research interests include the evolution of plant metabolites and how evolution has affected the way we use plants. If she's not in the lab, she's probably gardening, hiking, trying something new in the kitchen, or telling people about the last cool plant she saw.


Pavana Khan

Pavana is a second year student in the MCDB&G graduate program. Her hometown is Dhaka, Bangladesh but having been in Minnesota for undergraduate studies and now for graduate research, Minnesota feels like a second home. She workw in Dr. Aaron Engelhart’s laboratory, developing novel isothermal pathogen detection methods. Many current disease detection techniques are limited by high-cost thermal cyclers, fluorescence detection platforms and skilled technicians. Her work aims to combine the specificity, sensitivity and versatility of current platforms with the low-resource requirements for isothermal detection systems suitable for point-of-care disease testing, resource-limited field applications, plant pathogen and agricultural diagnostics. Outside of research, she enjoys practising synchronized swimming and performing in theatre!

Rosa E. Lozano (Tina)

Tina is a research assistant pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Entomology. She is committed to advancing the understanding of insecticide resistance to support food security.

Twitter: @TinitaLozano


Diego wears a blue sweatshirt Diego Morales-Briones

Diego is a post-doc in the Yang lab in Plant and Microbial Biology. Please navigate to his personal website to learn more about his work.




Siddhant wears a denim shirt with hair tied back. Siddhant Pusdekar

Siddhant Pusdekar is a PhD Candidate in Ecology Evolution and Behavior Program at the College of Biological Sciences. His research interests are animal behavior and evolution. His science communication interests lie in telling stories of science as it interacts with the lives of people. 



Maria stands in a black shirt with her hair down against a wall of windowsMaria Paz Ramirez

Maria is a BMBB Ph.D. candidate in the labs of James Ervasti and Wendy Gordon. She studies molecular forces in the context of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a lethal muscle wasting disease that affects 1 in 3500 boys. Maria is interested in scientific communication for scientists as well as for the general public, to take down the walls around science. Her hope is that communication and representation will lead to a more diverse scientific community and overall a more inclusive society, where scientific research is available for everyone.

Kira wears a black shirt with her hair downKira Samspon

Kira graduated in spring 2021 from CBS with her BS in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in the Mcloon lab, investigating potential biomarkers for Schizophrenia and Hurler disease. She is interested in the intersection of science, writing, and policy and plans to study global health policy in graduate school.



Laura stands with a rain jacket with mountains in the backgroundLaura Toro-Gonzalez

Laura is an ecologist studying tropical dry forests in Costa Rica and Colombia. She work in the Powers Lab.




Rodrigo sits in a canoeRodrigo Zorrilla González

Rodrigo was born in Mexico City and grew up in Caracas, NYC and Singapore. Microbes are my tools and he use them to understand the world around us. When he's not working in the Travisano Lab, he's usually rock climbing, running, or cooking up the best salsa you’ve ever had – craft beer in hand.



Caitlin LoobyCaitlin Looby

Caitlin is a Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Fellow in CBS working with Jennifer Powers and Jessica Gutknecht. She has a range of science communication, writing and reporting experience, writing for radio, magazines, university media and local news. Her bylines include The New York Times, The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, Mongabay, Loh Down on Science, Pacific Standard and others. She is also freelance editor and teaches science communication seminars.

Claire WilsonClaire Wilson

Claire works as a Content Strategist on the CBS Communications, Marketing, and Advancement Team. She focuses on developing stories to highlight the work of CBS faculty, researchers and students. She worked alongside Abbey and Judee to kick off CBS BioLine. She run BioLine bootcamps, maintains the website and creates the newsletter.