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Science Writer

I work at Emory University School of Medicine as a Technical Editor for the Department of Human Genetics. I edit manuscripts and grant applications, and produce a newsletter for the department. 

In 2017, I started writing a book about idiopathic hypersomnia and related sleep disorders. It is now being published by Columbia University Press.


The title is: The Woman Who Couldn't Wake Up: Hypersomnia and the Science of Sleepiness. 

You can order it from the Columbia University Press site or from Amazon (starting May 19, 2023).




Special thanks to:

Anna Sumner Pieschel and the Sumner family

Members of the Atlanta hypersomnia support group and Narcolepsy Atlanta

David Rye, Kathy Parker and Andrew Jenkins

Alex Bieri and Svenja Egli at the Roche archive in Basel

Jan Roth, Anniki Rothova, Soňa Nevšímalová and Evžen Růžička

Tom Scammell for facilitating my attendance at the 7th International Symposium on Narcolepsy

Emory University library staff responsible for Interlibrary Loans


Additional thanks to:

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which awarded me a grant to support writing, fact-checking and illustrations 

Jessica Papin at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret, LLC

Miranda Martin at Columbia University Press, along with unnamed reviewers

Jordan Tomes and Blanka Owensova for Czech translations

Kelly Hills and Cadence Bambenek for fact-checking services

Juan Gaertner and Science Photo Library for an excellent GABA-A receptor illustration