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Tim Barclay

Tim Barclay, PhD

Tim serves as Innerbody’s Sr. Editor. He earned his BA in Biology with a Genetics Emphasis from the University of Utah and his PhD in Interdepartmental Genetics from Iowa State University. In his spare time, Tim enjoys writing science fiction and dabbling in amateur genealogy with his family and friends. Tim Barclay’s LinkedIn Profile.

Kathryn Dench

Kathryn Dench, MA, VetMB, MRCVS

Kate is a writer for Innerbody Research, focusing on the areas of diagnostic tests and mental health. Kate is an experienced veterinarian and earned her VetMB degree from Cambridge University in 2007. Her studies focused on "One Health," the intersection between the environment, animal populations and the human race. She has a background in clinical research related to disease transmission and diagnostic testing. Kate is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider and has a special interest in mental health in the workplace.

Kathryn McLaughlin

Kathryn McLaughlin, PhD

Katy is a Sr. Writer for Innerbody, covering all aspects of genetic testing. She received her PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and her BSc (First Class Honours) in Genetics from the University of Glasgow. She also currently holds a post-doctoral research position at the University of Edinburgh, where her work dissects the interplay between genetics, epigenetics and stem cell biology.

Laura Ryan

Laura Ryan

Laura is a senior writer for Innerbody Research, covering various genetic science topics and testing reviews. She is earning her PhD degree in Molecular Neurogenetics from the University of Cambridge, having obtained her BSc in Biology (Honors Molecular Genetics, First Class) from the University of Edinburgh. Laura has held academic research positions at the University of Virginia and St. Andrews, where she researched and wrote about topics including genetics, bioethics, and neuroscience. She has also volunteered with Columbia University's ICAP team in rural HIV clinics in Kenya. Laura Ryan's LinkedIn Profile.

Eric Rodriguez

Eric Rodriguez

Eric has led Innerbody as Managing Editor for over a decade and oversees all editorial content and business operations. He has been fascinated with genetics, ever since his first DNA extraction experiments in high school. He was recently reunited with a long lost first cousin thanks to a 23andMe test he took back in 2011. Eric perhaps holds the record for most DNA tests taken (24 and counting) and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters degree from Stanford University.

Tina Shahia

Tina Shahian, PhD

Tina is a Life Science Writer for a number of online publications, including Innerbody.com. Her expertise is in conveying complex scientific topics to diverse audiences. Tina earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and her BS degree in Cell Biology from U.C. Davis. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing science-related cartoons. Tina Shahian's Linkedin profile.

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

A senior writer of our anatomy and physiology content, Tim is a two-time semi-finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. Tim has taught honors anatomy and physiology at the high school level for fifteen years. He earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and his Master's degree in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, CHWC, FAND

Jill Weisenberger is an internationally recognized nutrition and diabetes expert and certified health and wellness coach. She is the author of the four books, including the best-selling Diabetes Weight Loss–Week by Week and the new Prediabetes: A Complete Guide. Jill received both her M.S. degree in Nutrition and her B.S. degree from the University of Florida. You can learn more about Jill at www.JillWeisenberger.com.

Our Medical Review Board

Dr. Ayesha Bryant, MSPH, MD

Dr. Ayesha Bryant, MSPH, MD

Dr. Ayesha Bryant is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she has published over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed medical journals. Her areas of focus include Health Outcomes Research, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Clinical Medical Research, among others. Dr. Bryant received her MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and her MSPH (Epidemiology) from the University of Alabama School of Public Health. Dr. Bryant’s LinkedIn Profile.

Dr. Euna Chi, MD

Dr. Euna Chi, MD

Dr. Euna Chi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, where she specializes in internal medicine. She works in both medical education and inpatient/outpatient care. Her interests include preventative medicine, chronic disease management, and women’s health. Dr. Chi is Board Certified and received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Euna Chi's UI Health Provider Profile

Dr. Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Curreli is a board certified physician in biochemical and clinical genetics in the Division of Medical Genetics at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She earned her MD/PhD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and her B.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and is a proud mother of two rambunctious sons.

Andrew Colucci, MD

Dr. Andrew Colucci, MD

Dr. Andrew Colucci is a Harvard-trained Diagnostic Neuroradiologist practicing at South Shore Health System in Boston, MA. He was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School for 5 years, lecturing and mentoring both HMS students and radiology residents. Dr. Colucci holds a M.D. degree from the Boston University School Medicine and a B.A. (with honors) in Neuroscience from Boston College. His professional interests are varied and include clinical research, medical education, healthcare economics, and health policy. Dr. Colucci’s LinkedIn Profile.

Dr. Gerard 'Jay' DiLeo, MD

Dr. Gerard "Jay" DiLeo, MD

Dr. DiLeo is a retired board certified OBGYN, pelvic surgeon, and educator. He is also has many years experience lecturing, writing health-related newspaper and magazine features, and trade books and is the author of “The Anxious Parent’s Guide to Pregnancy.” Dr. DiLeo earned his M.D. degree from the LSU School of Medicine and his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University. In his spare time, he enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction. Dr. DiLeo’s LinkedIn Profile.

Dr. Nathan LeDeaux, MD

Dr. Nathan LeDeaux, MD

Dr. Nathan LeDeaux is a Resident Physician at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, working in the field of emergency medicine. His work in the UW Emergency Department has given him broad exposure across a range of medical disciplines and strong communication skills across a diverse patient population. Dr. LeDeaux received his MD from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and BS and BA degrees from Grand Canyon University. Dr. LeDeaux’s LinkedIn Profile.

Dr. Poonam Merai, MD

Dr. Poonam Merai, MD

Dr. Merai is a geriatric medicine physician and Assistant Professor at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She earned both her MD and BA (Philosophy) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After she completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago, Dr. Merai worked for a year as a Hospitalist in the underserved U.S. territory of Guam. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and lecturing in the community about aging.

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