A portrait of the writer as a young scientist (holding a brain of the  Homo sapiens  variety).

A portrait of the writer as a young scientist (holding a brain of the Homo sapiens variety).

Hi! I’m Richard.

I’m an experienced science communicator with an extensive scientific training background. I recently left academia for the much more lucrative field of science writing and journalism. I’m currently an editorial assistant at the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins’ Brain Science Institute and a freelance science writer. You can find my resume here.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, where I investigated how the cerebellum - a brain structure traditionally thought of solely involved with movement - interacts with the auditory system. In a previous life, I studied Neurobiology at Harvard, where I conducted honors thesis research on the effects of antidepressants on fighting fruit flies. Prior to entering graduate school, I was a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.

I am the proud co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group - check out the great work they are doing in science advocacy and policy!

In my spare time, I like to play board games and with my cats (though not simultaneously) and climb rock-like structures.

I once caught a pigeon with my bare hands.