Born and raised in a small coastal city in northeast China called Yantai, I am now a Research Technician, at the CHOP Microbiome Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, I attended Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. In May 2017, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Studio Art.

I started writing about science since my sophomore year in college. For the most part of my undergraduate career, I worked with Dr. Ryan Kerney in the Biology Department as his research assistant. With Kerney, I traveled across the Pacific Northwest, waded through cold-watered local ponds, and worked doggedly on the bench. Our research to unveil the secrets behind the symbiosis—living together between two or more organisms—of spotted salamander and green algae and has been featured on national media.

My research experience has not only taught me how to use a fluorescent microscope or how to culture cells but, more importantly, also made me realize the information gap between scientists and the general public, who are not in the front-line of science.

Therefore, here I am. With my blog, I hope to promote science education and to raise the public’s awareness of science.

Want to get in touch with me? Feel free to email me at zhanghuanjia9@gmail.com.