Farewell and thanks, Dr Rachael Dunlop

We’ve been privileged to launch @realscientists with Dr Rachael Dunlop, who’s taken us through the world of toxins, cell culture and paper reviews. Rachael’s posted many excellent photographs live from the “MacGyver lab”  – the dodgy oven, the silicon chips, the intersection between physics and medical research. We wish her well and bid a fond farewell – and we may hear from Rachael again later in the year.

Next up? Dr Cameron Webb, medical entomologist.

Real Scientists – Launched!

Today, Bernard, @DrYobbo and myself (@upulie) are pleased to launch the @realscientists account!  We’ll be starting off with Dr Rachael Dunlop (@DrRachie).  With over 7,000 followers on Twitter, Dr Rachie is no stranger to communicating and advocating for science.

Here’s some background on Dr Rachie, which just goes to show that you don’t need to start out in science to end up in a lab:

Dr. Rachael Dunlop is a medical researcher, science communicator and campaigner for science-based medicine in Australia, with a special interest in the anti-vaccination movement and alternative medicine. Rachael started life as a fine artist and graphic designer but was seduced by the secret world of viruses and tropical diseases and was lured to university to study science. Image

After 8 years of study in both Adelaide and Sydney, she surfaced with a PhD and an interest in diseases associated with ageing. Now working in medical research she is currently focused on the environmental triggers for motor neuron disease with a special interest in toxins found in blue green algae. Rachael is a Fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, a Fellow of The Society of Biology, and member of Australian Science Communicators. She is a reporter for The Skeptic Zone Podcast and has appeared on ABC local radio in The Dirty Disbelievers with Maynard. Rachael writes for the Skeptics Book of Pooh Pooh, The Conversation, The Punch, The Drum, Mamamia, the last two of which she has also been a guest on their television shows. She is also a vice president of the Australian Skeptics, and a member of Mystery Investigators science show for children.

As an ex-graphic designer and copywriter, Rachael enjoys combining her love of science, art and social media as a means of communicating science to the public.

In 2010, Rachael won the Shorty Award in the Health category for the most interesting health and science information on Twitter. You can follow her on Twitter @DrRachie.

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We’d like to thank @diva_ex_machina and @therevmountain for designing the artwork for us.