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Skeptics Café

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  • UserDr Jennifer L. Rohn (MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at University College London)
  • ClockSaturday 12 February 2011, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseCB2 Bistro.

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Jennifer L. Rohn was born in Stow, Ohio, received a BA in Biology summa cum laude from Oberlin College in 1990, and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1996. She moved to London for post-doctoral scientific training and then to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for a stint in a start-up biotech. She is currently on staff as an academic cell biologist at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at University College London.

An avid reader, Jenny had always wondered why there were so few scientist characters in mainstream literature. While living in Amsterdam, she wrote two novels about scientists – the first of which, Experimental Heart, was inspired by her exploits as a young cancer researcher in London and was published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, New York in 2008. Her upcoming second novel, The Honest Look, is set in a start-up biotech company in the Netherlands and is due to be published by CSHL Press on 19th November, 2010.

Jenny coined the term ‘lab lit’ to describe such novels and in 2005 launched the website to help promote the use of science and scientist characters in mainstream fiction and to illuminate the world of scientists and laboratory culture. In addition to her activities as a practicing scientist and novelist, Jenny is also a part-time science writer and journalist, broadcaster and sci-lit-art pundit. Her writing has appeared in a number of places including BBC news, Nature and The Scientist, and she has also appeared on TV, BBC radio, in podcasts including The Guardian’s, and as an expert in science films. Her short fiction has appeared in Nature and The Human Genre Project, and she blogs about the scientific life at Mind The Gap.

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