Picture of MeI am Nancy Linford, PhD, an experienced biomedical writer and editor. I believe that great science and great medicine need great communication. As the pressures on researchers and clinicians grow, there is an increasing need for well-trained scientists who can turn ideas and rough drafts into finished products, and who can write for both technical experts and the general public.

At this point, you might have some questions for me. I will answer a few “frequently asked” questions here, and feel free to contact me with any other questions.

What is my educational background?

I have always been interested in biology and health. I earned a BS degree in Biology from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). I then continued to pursue biomedical academic research focused on aging and metabolism, first as a postdoc, and later as a research faculty member. This work resulted in 22 manuscripts and book chapters (12 first author) and 4 funded grant proposals (NIH F32, NIH K01, 2 pilot awards) totaling over $700,000 in direct costs. The K01 award scored in the 1st percentile.

Why did I switch to writing and editing full time?

Over the years, I received grant summary statements with comments similar to the following: “This is great writing. You need more preliminary data.” Something just clicked with the writing process, and I was often asked to read drafts for colleagues and students. So, when I needed more flexibility than the academic life offered, the choice was easy. I love thinking about science all day and embracing the challenges of learning a broad range of disciplines. I also love connecting with scientists and helping each client build a strong scientific research program. It is a good fit.

What is my experience as a professional writer and editor?

I switched to writing and editing full time in 2014, and spent three years as an in-house service provider at City of Hope (Duarte, CA). During this time, I helped 70 translational research investigators (30% clinical research/70% basic research) prepare their grants,  manuscripts, clinical protocols, contracts, and other professional documents, and over 50% were return customers. Notable accomplishments include successful funding of new NCI T32 and U01 grants, and an R01 proposal that scored in the 1st percentile. I also helped researchers win grants through other NIH mechanisms, and from other organizations, such as the American Cancer Society (ACS), California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), and Department of Defense (DOD).

What are my areas of expertise? 

My research background is in metabolism/diabetes, cancer/oncology, and neuroscience. Beyond that, I am devoted to the practice of writing science that gets noticed. I have attended and taught classes on scientific communication, and have read countless books and articles. I listen to reviewers and incorporate their likes and pet peeves into my approach.

Where am I located? 

I am a US citizen based in Reykjavík, Iceland with a US “home base” in Washington. This means I am available for remote projects only. I have a US phone number and gigabit fiber internet connection, so we should have no trouble communicating.