Rachel is a Boston transplant originally from the Bay Area, California. Her love for science started during college at Stanford University with archaeology, anthropology, and osteology, and grew to include infectious diseases, epidemiology, and finally immunology. Her undergraduate thesis investigations into a novel therapeutic pathway for treating multiple sclerosis inspired Rachel to settle on neuroimmunology for her master's degree research at Harvard, where she studied how the maternal immune environment shapes fetal neurodevelopment. After years of trying to restrict herself to just one -ology, Rachel realized that she didn't have to: she loves that being a science writer means being able to indulge all of her scientific curiosities. In her free time, Rachel can be found outside, reading, or at the gym lifting things up and putting them down.
Thesis: You Smell: The Mysterious Science of Scent