About Me

I am a freelance science writer and editor with a PhD in genetics and molecular biology.
I have written about a wide range of topics -- from the use of flesh-eating bacteria to treat cancer to the ethical issues surrounding genomic testing. 
currently serve as president of the Science Communicators of North Carolina, a contributing editor at American Scientist, and an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For the last five years I have written a monthly column for the Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer that covers basic science topics of interest to the general public, answering questions like: What is ozone? How does chemotherapy work? What would happen to earth if the moon ceased to exist?
 
One topic I am particularly passionate about relates to the unique challenges faced by women in science. My five-part series on Women in Science, funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, was compiled into a book (get your copy here!) and explores not just the challenges but also possible solutions to retain more talent in the field. 

I am also interested in more academic endeavors. Twice I have facilitated and edited a multi-million dollar grant proposal focused on accelerating the pace at which scientific discoveries are translated into new therapies, which brought tens of millions of dollars to my alma matter, UNC-Chapel Hill. I lent my communications expertise to the aids2031 science and technology working group, helping to inform the UNAIDS-sponsored program's formal recommendations on how to end the pandemic by the year 2031.

Over the last decade, I have written hundreds of articles for a variety of publications including American ScientistScientific American, STAT News, DiscoverNature News, and Science News. I welcome freelance assignments that give me the opportunity to delve into the latest scientific discoveries and learn more about the researchers who make them.   
 
To see some of my work, take a look at the Writing section.
 
 
919-270-8298 marla.broadfoot@gmail.com | Wendell, NC |