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Susannah Bodman

Research Assistant in Oregon

Susannah Bodman

Research Assistant in Oregon

Susannah L. Bodman, B.A., B.S., M.A., specializes in science and communications, having served as a journalist and media relations specialist for many years and working currently as a research assistant at center affiliated with Oregon Health and Science University. She also has a professional background in zooarchaeology, interned in a biomedical research lab, wrote and edited grant-deliverable documents for an aquaculture program, and is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Circa 2010, she created a science news blog while at Salem, Ore.'s Statesman Journal called Sci-what?! Since then, she has written science news at The Oregonian and continued to develop her science and social media brand on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger and YouTube. Some of her most recent science news writing can be viewed at In September 2015, she also co-founded and began writing for the blog Science In Portland, a project of the American Chemical Society's Portland chapter. Science In Portland can be found at

To contact her regarding freelance science writing and outreach opportunities, click "Hire Me" above to email or message her via Twitter, LinkedIn or her Sci-what?! Facebook page (see icons below).


• In 2016, she joined a lab at an OHSU-affiliated research center, where she processes samples for curation in a biobank and extracts DNA from the bank for researchers upon request.

• In 2015, she began working as a faculty research assistant for Oregon State University, focusing on writing, outreach and capacity building in an aquaculture program.

• In 2013, she earned a post-bacc degree in biology (that's her and her mortar board shown in a commencement phot) and is interested in evolutionary, molecular and developmental biology; bone research; human evolution; geology; cosmology; and space exploration. During her biology studies, she interned and volunteered in a medical research lab studying collagen 6A6 and its involvement in bone and connective tissue disorders.

• She aspires to complete a doctorate in biology, work in research, and continue her efforts involving science news and outreach.

• Beyond her interests in science and writing, she is a longtime dancer (ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern, Scottish Highland, Westmorland clogging, West African, South African gumboot and hula), an avid swimmer and a lover of the outdoors.