Dr. Mariano Loza-Coll is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). His research interests include developmental genetics, biological networks and regulation of stem cells. He has embarked on numerous science communication projects, ranging from co-founding Hypothesis, a journal for the in-depth peer discussion of science, to the broader dissemination of recent science news across disciplines. He has also been a reporter and a columnist for the prestigious journal Nature. Mariano lives in Los Angeles and enjoys his free time watching a good movie, wrestling his two little boys, camping in the desert or lost in a good non-fiction book.
Dr. Åsmund Eikenes obtained his PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway. His research interests include cell biology, stem cells and cancer development, as well as developmental biology and model organisms. His enthusiasm for science communication was kick-started when he was a visiting PhD-student at UCLA, where he met Mariano and quickly joined the fledgling S4E team. Åsmund currently resides in Oslo, works for the Norwegian Cancer Society, and spends his free time hiking in the woods or working on a manuscript for a book about biology for non-scientists. You can find him on Twitter as @aaeik.
The history of Science4everybody
Dr. Nick Reeves, a Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Jacinto College (MSJC), was one of the co-founders of Science4everybody. Nick was a PhD student in the Posakony Lab at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and graduated shortly before Mariano joined the lab as a postdoc to continue Nick’s work. What began as a series of formal conversations about a specific research project quickly turned into a lively sharing of their passion for science communication and education. During the “embryonic” stages of their discussions about creating a website for educating about science while communicating the latest science news to a broad audience, Nick realized that he knew the right person to implement such website…
Mr. Joseph Stacey, is currently an undergraduate student in the Neuroscience program at UCSD. But in the early days of Science4everybody, Joseph was a student at MSJC who had profoundly impressed Prof. Reeves for his ability to create websites, write computer programs and infuse just about any project with the necessary activation energy. After a few handshakes and formal introductions over coffee at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Joseph, Nick and Mariano were fully embarked on this exciting adventure called Science4everybody.