About Me

DeMarco_headshotStephanie is a freelance science journalist based in Los Angeles.

Stephanie grew up in Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology. After graduating in 2013, she began her PhD at UCLA where she studied how the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness navigates through its host, the tsetse fly. During her PhD studies, Stephanie became interested in science writing and communication.

She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Signal to Noise Magazine, a non-profit online science magazine run by graduate students and postdocs, and wrote for the epigenetics blog, EpiBeat, as a freelance writer.

After completing her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in June 2019, Stephanie was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow at the Los Angeles Times where she wrote both news and feature stories. She is particularly proud of her feature about doctors who write poetry, which was published as a Column One story.

Stephanie’s stories have been selected for a number of awards, including Best Shortform Science Writing: Single Study Deep Dives & Profiles for “Bones pulled from the La Brea Tar Pits show the perils of being a picky eater” for the Los Angeles Times and one of Science Seeker’s best science posts of the week for “Cellular Antivirus: How Foreign DNA is Hushed” for EpiBeat.

In addition to her work as a freelance science writer, Stephanie is a postdoctoral research fellow in Elissa Hallem’s laboratory at UCLA studying how parasitic worms penetrate through human skin. Her research has been featured on the American Chemical Society’s podcast Orbitals:

When not writing or wrangling her parasites, Stephanie enjoys traveling, tap dancing, and attempting to make the perfect plate of pasta carbonara.

Twitter: @sci_steph