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Christopher Aston, Katherine A. Mason, Peg Skorpinski


Christopher Aston, who penned the first installment of GT’s new monthly RNAi News column (p. 48), grew up in the UK and earned his doctorate from Oxford in molecular biology before moving to the US to take a postdoc post at Rockefeller University. He says he promptly fell in love with New York City, and now holds an adjunct faculty appointment at New York University Medical Center. He has also written for the IEEE Spectrum on bioterrorism and for Nature Genetics about microarrays.

Katherine A. Mason became editor of ProteoMonitor in July 2003, taking over for former editor Julia Karow, who will return to GenomeWeb in a new capacity after maternity leave. Kate recently returned from southern China, where she spent the last two years teaching English conversation and business English at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou in between freelancing and traveling the world. She was evacuated in April due to the SARS epidemic. Kate has interned at the New Haven Advocate and holds a BS in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University.

Peg Skorpinski, a photographer in Berkeley, Calif., has taken sweet revenge on her older brothers who kept her out of their home darkroom. After receiving a journalism degree from Northwestern University, she worked as a newspaper reporter and feature writer. Now a freelancer, she concentrates primarily on photography. Her work has appeared in lifestyle, educational, and science publications internationally. Her daughter, who has a degree in biochemistry, serves as her personal science translator when necessary.


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