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 scientist and a writer. I could say that I’m a “science writer,” which would be true, but not quite the whole story. Really, I am a writer who uses a scientific approach to tell a story... Scientific inquiry and writing are 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 a broad audience and deeply engage readers through honest, effective prose.

Throughout my website, you will find my portfolio of work, including my scientific publications and numerous unpublished pieces, with topics ranging from science in the news and pivotal discoveries, to book reviews and contemplative essays, to short stories and excerpts from longer works. 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 in nonfiction or fiction, I can help. I can provide advice on content, assistance with background research, editing support, etc. I have an MS from the University of North Carolina in microbiology and immunology, and a BA from the College of Wooster where I majored in biochemistry. 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 lab 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." Although I am most comfortable with writing about infectious disease, which has been my primary research focus, my skills are transferable to other fields of science, and I’m always open to branching out to meet your needs.

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