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Who are we?

Alison Bernstein

Alison is a neuroscientist who studies Parkinson’s disease, epigenetics and neurotoxicology. Alison has BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior, with a minor in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University, where she was in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics program, but did her dissertation in a Neuroscience lab. She did two postdoctoral fellowships at Emory University, receiving additional training in neurotoxicology, neuroscience and epigenetics. She is now an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.

Outside of work, Alison is a mom of two. She loves to cook, play tennis, do crafts, read bad scifi novels and sleep late (which rarely happens).

You can follow Alison on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

Anastasia Bodnar

Anastasia is a science communicator with a PhD in plant genetics and sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University. She serves as the Policy Director of Biology Fortified, Inc, a non-profit organization that fosters conversation about issues in food and agriculture. Anastasia has worked as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army, as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and most recently as an environmental risk manager at the US Department of Agriculture in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She is now a full time parent. She enjoys spending time with her family, learning and writing about biotechnology and agriculture, reading science fiction, playing board games, and exploring Des Moines and surrounding areas.

You can follow Anastasia on Twitter and Facebook.

Jenny Splitter

Jenny is a writer based in Washington, D.C. She covers science, food, and health for outlets like The Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, Parents, and Mental Floss, and serves as Story Director for the immersive experience company TBD ImmersiveShe also performs her own true, occasionally embarrassing stories about herself on stage, most often with DC’s Story District, for audiences at the 9:30 Club, the National Gallery of Art and the Birchmere. In her spare time, she carves ice sculptures and grows heirloom wheat. Just kidding, she has two kids.

You can follow Jenny on Facebook and Twitter.

Kavin Senapathy

Kavin is the co-founder of international pro-science, pro-biotech movement March Against Myths, and co-author of The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House, a book discussing popular food misconceptions and why they proliferate in the face of mountains of evidence against them. She has a passion for refuting myths popular in the wild internet west, with topics including genomics, health, food, and biotechnology. A regular contributor to Forbes, SELF Magazine, and Grounded Parents, Senapathy’s work has also appeared in Slate and other outlets. She is a mom of two young kids, and strives to raise safe, healthy and happy critical thinkers.

You can follow Kavin on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Layla Katiraee

As of March 2018, Layla is currently back in school at Penn State, where she is studying Applied Bioinformatics. Prior to 2018, Layla was a staff scientist in sequencing product development. She had been working in this particular segment of the biotech sector since 2008 and had been working on developing technologies that analyze a subset of genes in the human genome since 2014. She has a PhD in human molecular genetics from the University of Toronto, and a honors bachelor degree from the University of Western Ontario in biochemistry.

Having lived in three different continents, Layla has a multi-cultural background. She is a mom to a kindergartener, which is how she became interested in the topic of GMOs. She writes a blog (FrankenFoodFacts), which outlines her learning on the topic of transgenic crops. She also writes and creates graphics for Biology Fortified.

You can follow Layla on Twitter (@biochicaGMO), FacebookGoogle+, or Medium.

Natalie Newell

Natalie is the director and producer of the Science Moms documentary, and producer and co-host of The Science Enthusiast Podcast. Natalie holds an MEd., and worked for a decade in the field of Montessori education before choosing to become a stay-at-home parent, while simultaneously pursuing her interests in the areas of science communication and secular activism.

You can follow Natalie on Twitter, Facebook, and BlogTalkRadio.