Melissa Mayer

Freelance Science Writer. Ocassional Editor.

Location icon United States

I have been science blogging and writing since 2010 when I began covering the proteomics, microbiology, and biotechnology spheres.

I love cell biology, all the -omics, neuroscience, microbiology, and occasional forays into policy. Oxford comma and singular they for life.


Science Books

Ulysses Press
Jump Start Autophagy

Activate Your Body’s Cellular Healing Process to Reduce Inflammation, Fight Chronic Illness and Live a Longer, Healthier Life

Capstone Library
Why We Worry: The Science of Anxiety

Can't sleep? Too many things to worry about? Or do you get lost in your mind thinking about all the ways tomorrow could go wrong? Why does this happen? The

Capstone Library
Why We Rage: The Science of Anger

Have you ever blown up at your best friend or sibling? Maybe you were just so angry, but you didn't really know why. The answer is in the science of rage!

Rosen Publishing
Coping with Date Rape and Acquaintance Rape | Rosen Publishing

The statistics associated with date rape and acquaintance rape are staggering, especially for teens and young adults, who are at the highest risk. With warmth and candor, this straightforward guide offers frank advice and insightful context to demystify concepts like rape and consent, and provides advice for what to do after experiencing date rape or acquaintance rape.

Science Writing and Editing

Entomology Today
Bad Roommates: Study Tracks Mice to Nests, Finds Ticks Aplenty

Scientists know a great deal about how blacklegged ticks ( Ixodes scapularis) feed on hosts, such as whitefooted mice ( Peromyscus leucopus) and woodland deer mice ( Peromyscus maniculatus), but what happens after the ticks drink their fill is more mysterious. Lab studies suggest these ticks may detach from mouse hosts inside their nests.

Entomology Today
A Promising New Parasitoid Drills Down on Emerald Ash Borers

The wasp flies through the forest, heavy with eggs, following the scent of beetle infestation. She locates a promising tree and lands, using sensory organs on her legs to detect beetle larvae feeding below the surface. She drills through the bark and deposits her clutch.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Students Mix Up a Win at International Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete

A team of civil engineering students from Stevens Institute of Technology brought home a 1st place win at an international student competition focusing on ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) this month. The competition, which was part of the 2nd International Interactive Symposium on UHPC, was held June 2-5 in Albany, New York.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Students Make a Splash, Place 3rd at International Solar-Electric Boat Competition

This month students from Stevens Institute of Technology made waves at Solar Splash, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating. This year's team - mechanical engineering seniors Matthew Colacino, Victoria Davis, Megan Hand, Justin Sitler and Melanie Valentin with naval engineering junior Joey Lodge - placed 3rd overall.

Society for Neuroscience's Brainfacts
The Neurobiology of Family Separation

Over the phone, Merida Grant’s voice sounds heavy as she lists the possible outcomes of early-life trauma like family separation: mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse and addiction, even a shortened lifespan.

Entomology Today
Forest Service Crews Double as Tick-Surveillance Teams in Collaborative Study

Most jobs come with occupational hazards, and for field personnel with the USDA Forest Service, those include encountering ticks-some of which carry disease-causing pathogens. For a pair of researchers at the Forest Service and the University of Tennessee, these encounters represent something more.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Students Float Prototype to Combat Effects of Climate Change

For one member of the Stevens Institute of Technology SeaWork team, the guiding principle of sustainable ocean farming has always just made sense. "There's not enough land in the world for people and farming, so one of them has to go toward the ocean," says Alexandria Austin.

BRCA Gene Mutation Risks: Ethnicity, Genetics, and More

Your DNA is like a blueprint that can be broken down into pieces called genes. These genes tell your body how to build important molecules like proteins. Permanent changes in the DNA sequence of a gene are called mutations. These may affect the way your body reads the blueprint.

Endoplasmic Reticulum (Rough & Smooth): Structure & Function (with Diagram)

One of the simplest ways to understand the structures and functions of the organelles housed within a cell - and cell biology as a whole - is to compare them with real world things. For example, it makes sense to describe the Golgi apparatus as a packing plant or post office because its role is to receive, modify, sort and ship out cell cargo.

What is a Mole?

The chemical mole is a crucial unit of quantity in the field of chemistry that allows scientists to count atomic particles. A mole is the amount of a substance that contains 602 hexillion particles.

What Is a Thermoplastic Polymer?

Thermoplastic polymers form when repeating units (monomers) link via van der Waals forces, producing a versatile, strong plastic that readily molds and lends itself to recyclability. Thermoplastic polymers include PVC pipes, ropes, belts, insulators and adhesives.

Science Editing & Fact-Checking

Are Soft Cheeses Dangerous During Pregnancy?

You may have heard the oddly specific advice that pregnant people shouldn't eat soft cheeses, but there's a very good reason for that, and it applies to more than just dairy products. Hosted by: Stefan Chin SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It's called SciShow Tangents.

Clinical Lab Products

Interim Associate Editor, edited non-feature items, included Tech Guides, Product News, Product Spotlights, Lab Products

Clinical Lab Products
Product Spotlight - Clinical Lab Products

Fully Automated A1c Analyzer Provides accurate, precise results The Arkray Adams A1c HA-8180V is a fully automated analyzer that uses gold standard high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) technology to perform HbA1c testing. The instrument eliminates interference from most common hemoglobin variants and generates accurate, precise results.

Clinical Lab Products
Multiple Sclerosis Mechanism - Clinical Lab Products

While an individual's DNA sequence remains the same throughout their life, expression of the encoded genes may change over time and contribute to disease development in genetically predisposed individuals. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute have discovered the mechanism of a major risk gene for multiple sclerosis (MS) that triggers disease through epigenetic regulation.

Clinical Lab Products

Interim Associate Editor, edited non-feature items, included Tech Guides, Product News, Product Spotlights, Lab Products

Other Writing

Political Research Associates
Bringing Bad Sex Ed Back

A shocking thing happened at a closed-door United Nations meeting in March, during the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In a private session intended to set language for gender equality policies and to brief non-governmental organizations on U.S. priorities for women's issues, a senior advisor from the U.S.

What Is 'Free-Range' Parenting, and How Does It Affect Kids?

On a recent sunny day in Portland, Oregon, Dana Hoffman Ellis waited at a stop for the light rail train that crisscrosses the city. Ellis wasn't riding herself. Instead, she was waiting for the arrival of her 9-year-old child, Salmon, who had just embarked on a solo adventure across town using public transit.

Raising Chickens: A Surprisingly Delightful Cure to Loneliness

Chickens may have been deemed the latest status symbol for Silicon Valley, but a trophy wife they're not. To think of chickens only in terms of their eggs and brunch benefits is a disservice to their greatness, when they can cure loneliness and help us realign our tech-filled lives.

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