About Us

Welcome to Double X Science. This site exists to bring science to the woman in you, whoever she is, whatever she does. It's not only for women in science, but also for women into science.  

Our goal is to bring evidence-based science stories and angles on science specifically of interest to the female-gendered audience. That audience might be XY or XXY or XYY or XO or XX and that gender might vary from day to day, but all are welcome here. Biology doesn't offer a shorthand for "female gender," but if you're feeling XX-y with or without a double X, we've got science for you.

If you have suggestions for links, ideas, or stories for the site, please let us know. You can contact us at DoubleXScience@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @DoubleXSci.


Emily Willingham
Emily, co-founder and editor-in-chief of DoubleXScience, is a former assistant biology professor whose research encompassed endocrinology, toxicology, developmental biology, and physiology. She also is mother to three sons, one of whom is on the spectrum, another of whom has severe ADHD, and the third of whom seems like a reasonably typical fellow. She seeks to improve science literacy in part by targeting women who may find something interesting and go forth and share it with others within their orbit. 

Anne Merchant
Anne Merchant, co-founder of DoubleXScience and managing editor of DoubleXScienceJr, currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology at the junior college level but has taught many subjects, including K-5 physical education and music, 3rd-8th grade Spanish, and community education classes in “urban wildlife hunting.” She also serves as the Production Editor for a peer-reviewed Entrepreneurship journal. With 27 years of writing and editing experience (this includes her kindergarten journal, by the way) across disciplines such as English, history, and biology, she enjoys projects that combine her creative and analytical talents. Anne’s most significant achievement to date, however, is the role she shares with her husband, parenting one son and two daughters, whom she hopes will grow up with the confidence and courage to achieve anything.
Matthew Francis
Double X Science Physics Editor Matthew Francis is a physicist, science writer, former college professor, ex-planetarium director, occasional musician, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. He blogs about science and science communication at Galileo's Pendulum, and has also written for Scientific American Blogs, Culture of Science, and the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast. You can't get him to shut up when he starts talking about how complex ideas in science can be understood by anyone. The cat in the photo is Pascal, named for the physicist/mathematician/philosopher who (appropriately enough) studied randomness.

Jeanne Garbarino
Double X Science Biology Editor Jeanne Garbarino is a mother of two young girls, aged 2 and 4. In her other (easier) gig, Jeanne is a researcher at The Rockefeller University in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism. There, she studies how cholesterol moves inside of our cells and relates this information to human health and the development of cardiovascular disease. In addition to being a scientist, Jeanne is a self-proclaimed science communicator, who is often found loitering at the intersection of motherhood and science on her blog The Mother Geek.  She also co-organizes a monthly science discussion series, Science Online NYC(#SoNYC), which is open to anyone who is interested about how science is conducted.  It his her goal to help improve how science is communicated, starting with all her fellow boob-toting cohort, because science is for everyone.  Geek onward!

Chris Gunter
Chris Gunter, the Science Education Editor for Double X Science, is a geneticist by training and science educator and communicator by passion. After moving from the lab to professional science editing, she served as the genetics and genomics editor at the journal Nature for seven years. Early on, she told her boss as a joke that her time at Nature would end when she got the most exciting genome of all, the platypus, having no idea this would turn out to be true. Chris is now the Director of Research Affairs at the nonprofit HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, holds adjunct professorships at three universities primarily to teach, and edits and writes scientific material on contract through her own Girlscientist Consulting. But the best job of all is raising her Lilkid. 

Jeffrey Perkel
In spite of his image to the left, Jeff is more than a shadow. He is the DXS tech editor and a recovering scientist who has always had a passion for the technology and the gadgetry of science. He has been a scientific writer and editor since 2000, when he left academia to join the staff of The Scientist magazine as a Senior Editor for Technology. Before that, he studied transcription factor biology at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School -- training that, surprisingly, has little application in the real world. In 2006, he and his family headed west to Pocatello, Idaho, and has been a freelance writer ever since. You can see why Double X Science is thrilled to have him on the team! You can find Jeffrey at his Website or on Twitter at @j_perkel

Adrienne M. Roehrich
Adrienne, chemistry editor at Double X Science, is currently working as a research associate at a large public university in NMR spectroscopy. Her training and research can be classified under chemistry, physics, and biochemistry or biophysics. She also has experience teaching from the kindergarten through university levels since 1996. Adrienne is mother to two “tween”-age children, a daughter and son, both of whom give her great pride and joy and also consternation at times. Adrienne tweets on science, food, feminist topics, and life in general. She also keeps a food blog. Visit her about.me/aroehrich profile to find links to all her activities.

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