Lauren A.R. Tompkins is a published medical writer with experience in the federal government (National Institutes of Health, NIH), academia (University of North Carolina, UNC), and the private sector (Medscape Education and American Journal Experts). She has a primary background in microbiology and immunology, though her work has expanded to include neuroscience, pulmonology, and cardiology, among other medical specialties. Her medical writing and editing services use a narrative approach for effective communication.

Lauren A.R. Tompkins, MS, BA

About Me

I am a medical writer who uses a narrative approach in science communication. Scientific inquiry and writing are both founded in observation. Scientists and writers observe, interpret what they see, and communicate what they’ve learned. Like conducting laboratory experiments to test a scientific hypothesis, a writer conducts literary experiments – with language, narrative, perspective – to test his/her understanding of life and find deeper meaning. As a contagious writer, my goal is to reach audiences and engage readers through honest, effective prose.

Throughout my website, you will find selected pieces from my portfolio of work, including links to my scientific publications as well as unpublished essays, with topics ranging from science in the news and pivotal discoveries, to book reviews and personal reflections. You will also find details about the services I offer in academic and content writing, editing, and consulting. Please feel free to contact me with queries.

If you’re looking for assistance with science writing, either with nonfiction or science fiction, I can help. I can advise on content, assist with background research, and provide editing support. My credentials in the sciences are broad, with an enthusiasm for writing as the common feature. I have an MS from the University of North Carolina (UNC) in microbiology and immunology, and a BA from the College of Wooster in biochemistry and molecular biology. For four years between my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Under the guidance of Dr. Albert Z. Kapikian, chief of the Epidemiology Section, I managed an international rotavirus vaccine program to promote self-sustainable vaccine production in regions of the world where preventive medicine is needed most. During my graduate education in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Swanstrom at UNC, I studied human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and wrote a section in the reference work Encyclopedia of AIDS entitled "HIV Reservoirs in the Central Nervous System." Recently, I have worked as a medical writer in continuing medical education (CME) at Medscape Education, the leading online provider of CME for healthcare professionals, and as a writing instructor at UNC where I taught first-year PhD students pursuing research in the biomedical sciences.

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