Emily Makowski is a scientist-turned-science-writer from Buffalo, New York. She double-majored in psychology and evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she did research on how moths smell things with their antennae. Emily started out as a biology major, but switched to evolutionary biology after a particularly harrowing organic chemistry class. Her new major gave her the chance to take many lab classes on animal behavior, her favorite subdiscipline of biology. In these classes, she studied museum specimens, went electrofishing, overturned rocks to count salamanders, and observed lions and cheetahs at the zoo in winter (where she wore three sweaters at once and learned that big cats sleep a lot).
Emily is fascinated by scientific discoveries, but she has always loved writing most of all; in fact, her favorite part of lab work was writing lab reports. Toward the end of college, she realized that she was more interested in writing about research than actually doing research. After earning her bachelor’s degrees in 2016, she worked in ophthalmology labs at Cleveland Clinic and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center—which sparked an interest in writing about health and medicine—and freelanced on the side. Now, at MIT, she is preparing to become a full-time science writer. She is on Twitter @EmilyRMakowski.