Who we are

Christine M Blaumueller, PhD

Christine has worked at the Carver College of Medicine since 2006, when she established an editing service for the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. She bases her advice on 14 years of experience as a laboratory researcher (developmental biology and signal transduction) and 6 years experience on the editorial staff of the molecular biology journal EMBO reports. At EMBO, she participated actively in the peer review process, selecting manuscript for publication. She also edited materials published in the journal’s Reviews section, and translated science for lay audiences. Christine earned her PhD in Biology from Yale University, and trained at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow.

Jennifer Y Barr, PhD

Jennifer has worked as a full-time editor in the Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core since 2017. Prior to this, she worked as an intern with the Scientific Editing Service at the University of Iowa from 2015-2017. She has gained experience providing extensive feedback on manuscripts and grants, given lectures on scientific writing to graduate students, and organized and co-directed the Scientist Writers’ Workshop for trainees in several departments within the Carver College of Medicine. In addition, she has attended conferences on scientific writing and participated in professional development workshops regarding the requirements for NIH, DoD, and NSF grants. She completed her training at the University of Iowa, earning her PhD from the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (emphasis in immunology) in 2015 and completing her post-doctoral training in immunology in the department of Pediatrics.      

Marie Gaine, PhD

Marie completed an editing internship with the Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core in 2017 and has participated in numerous writing workshops. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Queen’s University in Belfast, and then completed post-doctoral training in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. She currently edits for the core part-time while working as a research scientist at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, where she studies the epigenetics of sleep.

Kelly Messingham, PhD

Kelly completed an editing internship with the Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core in 2018. She has a PhD and post-doctoral training in immunology, and in 2007 she joined the Department of Dermatology as a Research Scientist, expanding her expertise to include keratinocyte biology and immune and inflammatory conditions of the skin. In 2009, she became Research Track faculty. Since then she has participated in numerous writing and professional development workshops, and she currently edits for the core part-time while running her laboratory.

Kris Greiner

Kris is a technical editor who has worked at the Carver College of Medicine since 1991, and currently her primary position is as the Editor at the Design Center of the UI Department of Internal Medicine. Kris received her BA from the University of Iowa, double majoring in English and Journalism, and she now specializes in the editing of clinical and scientific grant applications and IRB materials, biosketches and personal bios, journal articles, book chapters, textbook materials, conference abstracts, PowerPoint presentations, posters, patient education materials and correspondence. She edits for the Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core part time to help cover demand in the core during a maternity leave.


 
 

Past Interns:

Scientific Editing Interns

Scientific Writing Interns

Individuals who have contributed actively to the editing of projects submitted to the core – their contributions have been included in feedback to our authors. Individuals who have participated in seminars and courses taught by core staff, and have obtained some experience editing but who have not contributed directly to feedback to our authors.

Kelly Messingham, PhD

  • CCOM Scientific Editing Intern, September  2017–January 2018
  • Research Associate Professor, UI Department of Dermatology

Andreea Silaghi

  • Scientific Writing Intern Fall 2014, while Fogarty Scholar at UI College of Public Health
  • Subsequently Masters degree candidate/Graduate Researcher at Cluj School of Public Health, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Marie Gaine, PhD

  • CCOM Scientific Editing Intern, June 2017–September 2017
  • Research Scientist, Iowa Neuroscience Institute, UI Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
 

Jennifer Y Barr, PhD

  • Scientific Editing Intern June 2015–June 2017, while Postdoctoral Scholar, UI Department of Pediatrics
  • Subsequently Core Facility Research Specialist, UI Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core
 

Jennifer Levy, PhD 

  • Scientific Editing Intern Fall 2015, while Associate at UI Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Subsequently Scientific Director, Coalition to Cure Calpain3, Westport, CT
 

Monali Sawai, PhD

  • Scientific Editing Intern Spring 2010
  • Subsequently freelance editor, Iowa City, IA