Founders & Editors:
Dr. David Garton is a Professor and Lecturer in Georgia Tech. He taught Experimental Design & Statistical Methods, Animal Physiology, Introductory Biology and Senior Project Lab. Since 2003 he has served as the Director of the Pacific Study Abroad Program, which includes courses on the ecology and biogeography of New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. He co-founded biologydictionary.net because he believes that students with biology major need a solid reference site to help them with biology study and research.
Dr. Chris Chen is the CEO of Chen Medical, a healthcare franchise located in Miami, FL. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with Board-certified internal medicine degree. Dr. Chen has over 20 years experience in Human Biology, Cell Biology, Anatomy and more. He co-founded biologydictionary.net with Dr. Garton because they share the same dream which is to build a site and write a book (Yes! Hopefully the book will be published in few months!) to provide accurate and engaging explanations of biology terms. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Dr. Chen at [email protected]
Emily Makowski is a biology researcher and freelance writer. She graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Evolutionary Biology and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She has done lab and field research on caterpillars, butterflies, and moths in the past. Currently, she is working in a lab that does ophthalmology research focusing on retinal cells. She is also highly interested in animal behavior and ecology, especially animal reproduction. Her blog, Sextraordinary!, is about animal reproduction research. Emily thinks living things are fascinating and loves writing about science because it allows her to share awe-inspiring things about the natural world with others.
Gabe Buckley is a freelance writer, photographer, and entrepreneur. Gabe received his Master’s degree in Professional Natural Sciences from Colorado State University. His concentration was in Zoo and Aquarium Management, and he wrote his thesis on the modern practices of zoos and aquariums and how they affect conservation efforts. Gabe served as a Teaching Assistant for freshman level Biology at CSU. He currently lives in the mountains, next to the Poudre River. When he isn’t cutting logs, fixing up his cabin, or taking a hike, Gabe spends his time writing for multiple biology projects. Gabe takes many pictures of his mountain man adventures and the beautiful Poudre Canyon. Feel free to follow him @poudrecanyonalmanac on Instagram.
Clare Levijoki is a freelance writer and former clinical research coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She spent two years working in an immunohistology research lab, and another four years coordinating research into all sorts of emergency medical conditions at Mott Children’s Hospital. She has loved biology since she was a small child, and is now happy to be able to share her love with new students through BiologyDictionary.net.
Yasaswini Sampathkumar is an educator and freelance writer. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from The National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley. She has worked for three years as a research assistant in NUS and presented her work on nuclear receptors at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society. Her graduate studies dealt with small molecule inhibitors of mitotic pathways. Over the past four years, she has been involved in teaching science and English to first generation learners. She enjoys thinking about teaching methodology and loves to reach out to students through her writing.
Ailsa Lamond is a freelance writer and researcher. She has a Bachelors degree with honors in Ecology and Conservation and a Master of Philosophy in Biology both from the University of Sussex. She has undertaken fieldwork in tropical reef fish behavior, specifically interspecific interactions and mutualisms. Her other fieldwork has focused on using the soundscape of birdcalls in tropical rainforests in order to assess biodiversity and aid conservation. Ailsa’s love for ecology grew out of her upbringing in the British countryside, and her passion for biology is driven by her curiosity and thirst for answers to all of life’s mysteries. She believes the most important word to use in life is ‘why?’!