Brandeis Science Communication Lab – About Us

Meet Our Fellows & Staff

Jenn Bailey is a PhD candidate working with Prof. Isaac Krauss in the Chemistry department. Here, she performs research in chemical biology in the field of HIV vaccine development. Before Brandeis, Jenn received her B.S. in Chemistry from Xavier University. As an undergraduate, Jenn received an “Outstanding Poster Presentation” award at the Midwest Carbohydrate & Glycobiology Symposium. During her time off campus, Jenn enjoys writing posts and taking photos for her blog.

Gabe Bronk is 5th year PhD student doing computational biophysics with Dr. Jane Kondev. Gabe loves communicating science. Having caught the science bug many years ago, he can’t help but share it with others – it’s like a communicable disease. He has presented numerous talks and posters on his research and has taught undergraduate and graduate classes and workshops. He has created funny science videos geared towards middle school students (see his YouTube channel “Bronk’s Brain”) and can teach video production skills. Gabe looks forward to helping you with your science writing, presentations or whatever else you’re doing!

Steve Del Signore is a postdoctoral researcher in the Rodal lab, where he uses as many microscopes as he can get his hands on to investigate the role of membrane remodeling and trafficking in synapse development and function. In his long struggle to improve his communication skills, Steve experienced a real a-ha moment when he participated in an Alan Alda Center workshop, which completely changed the way he thought about science communication (you can read a brief tale here). Steve is knowledgeable in Photoshop and Illustrator, and will be equally excited to work with you on projects ranging from elevator pitches to seminars, or blog posts to manuscripts.

Madelen Díaz is a doctoral candidate in neuroscience with Prof. Michael Rosbash. Madelen received her A.A. in biology from the Miami-Dade Honors College before obtaining her B.S. in neuroscience from University of Miami. Currently at Brandeis, she conducts research on the neuronal circuitry of how fruit flies regulate their circadian rhythms and sleep. Madelen is passionate about teaching and making science accessible for everyone. She was also a HHMI QBReC Instructor, where first-year undergraduate students investigated a research problem for six weeks in the Rosbash Lab. When not in the lab, Madelen enjoys a good movie, baking, dancing, and to travel.

Joia Miller is a grad student in Physics who works in Zvonimir Dogic’s lab looking at self-assembly inception (self-assembled structures made out of self-assembled droplets in self-assembled membranes). Her first experience with science communication was during a summer research program as an undergrad. The summer started with an abysmal attempt at an elevator pitch that showed her how important it was to think about the story of her research ahead of time, a process that led to her winning an award for best poster presentation at the end-of-summer poster session. She’s learned a lot since then from helpful professors, lab members, and assorted trainings. Joia is excited to help you with slide design, presentation practicing, paper-writing, or anything in between.

Timothy Wiggin is a postdoctoral fellow with Leslie Griffith in the Neuroscience department. Tim uses flies to better understand sleep and memory. In 2008, while doing a tech demo in Vienna, he realized that his unskillful enthusiasm for his research wasn’t enough to engage a broader audience. He has spent the time since then learning to communicate his science more fluently, because even the best research doesn’t tell its own story. He would be excited to work alongside you on sharing your project, big or small, with the world.

Anique Olivier-Mason

Anique Olivier-Mason
Program Director
Communication Lab

Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason launched the Brandeis Science Communication Lab in the Fall of 2017 and is its program director in addition to her role as the Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity of the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Anique attended the 2017 MIT Communication Lab Summer Institute and was inspired to bring their model of a discipline-specific peer-coaching program to Brandeis. Anique’s dedication to science communication stems from her drive to improve scientific literacy by lowering unnecessary barriers that prevent people from engaging in science and engineering. As a bench-trained scientist, she has taught many courses including Responsible Conduct of Research ethics, the MIT Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP) course, and undergraduate genetics. She believes in the power of peer-coaching as a method of improving an entire community’s ability to communicate effectively.