As a professional science and technical writer, editor, and illustrator I have had an opportunity to work for a number of incredible institutions, both freelance and full-time. I also participated in several very interesting projects.
NIH/CIT/DCB – the Division of Computational Bioscience (DCB) which provides computational tools and resources for the NIH biomedical research staff and conducts its research and development program in fields of high performance computing, computational bioscience, molecular modeling, imaging S=sciences, and the mathematical and statistical computing.
I work as a science and technical writer and support the project WIKI for the Biomedical Imaging Research Services Section (BIRSS) which is responsible for the continued development of a sophisticated image processing and visualization application (MIPAV).
I also work as a technical writer for another project – the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) informatics system and the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR). I support the project WIKI for FITBIR.
- MIPAV WIKI – I am supporting the the wiki content and graphics. MIPAV (Medical Image Processing, Analysis, and Visualization) is an application that makes quantitative analysis and visualization of medical images done easy. It supports medical images of numerous modalities such as PET, MRI, CT, microscopy, etc. Read more about MIPAV.
- BRICS WIKI – I am a WIKI administrator and also supporting the wiki content and graphics for the Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System (BRICS). This is a set of software modules that support the interconnectivity and collaboration among the research communities.
- I created the illustrations that helped this poster to win the award for the best poster – A Streamlined Pipeline Utility for Analyzing Universal DTI Data in MIPAV, Authors: Elizabeth Tyrie, Alexandra Bokinsky PhD, Nishith Pandya, Julie McEntee, Dzung Pham PhD, Matthew McAuliffe PhD, NIH Spring Research Festival, April 25-26, 2012, PDF.
- MIPAV Diffusion Tensor Imaging Pipeline workflow.
NASA/GSFC – I worked for the International X-Ray Observatory and ASTRO-H projects. Supporting and providing all writing for both projects web sites. I also installed and maintained project TWIKI and Gallery of Images. I took a leading role in developing projects’ education and public outreach activities. I successfully represented the project teams in major public outreach events, such as AAS, Goddard Day(s), Maryland Day, ExploreNASA@Goddard, etc.
- IXO web site – http://constellation.gsfc.nasa.gov/
- IXO mirror on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcUkIIPL6IE
- IXO Decadal Movie on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=psShIGlkVyI
- IXO Technology pages
- IXO on Wikipedia
Flyers and brochures:
Ariadne Genomics Inc. – the company that creates a new generation of bioinformatics products that capture and aggregate the collective knowledge of research biology into a flexible data mining and analysis application – PathwayStudio. I joined the company in 2003 soon after its creating. I worked as a technical writer and developed and delivered more than 200+ tutorials, brochures, white papers, newsletters, etc. In order to write the PathwayStudio manual I developed the technique that allows writing the source technical and mathematical documentation in LaTeX, and then exporting it in various formats such as PDF, Windows interactive help, HTML, XML.
In 2003, I lead the project with Science magazine, which included distributing 150 000 demo CDs with the issue of the magazine. I worked closely with Science Magazine representatives and with vendors to secure the technical, graphical, commercial and project management parts for projects involved.
- PathwayStudio 4.0 Quick Start Guide [PDF]
Fidelis Security Inc. – the company that provides sophisticated software + hardware for network security. Fidelis XPS identifies inbound and outbound threats using a combination of deep, real-time inspection of all applications and content traversing the network coupled with dynamic threat intelligence, selective network forensics, and integrated static and dynamic malware detection and analysis technology.
I have a deep almost fanatical affection for LaTeX. I still believe that LaTeX is the greatest document typesetting application in the world. And it is getting better and better, despite having such powerful rivals as MS Word and Adobe Illustrator, it is still the best and the most reliable typesetting system I have ever worked with.
LaTeX is a version of TeX – the typesetting program originally developed by Donald Knuth back 1980s. it was designed to help researches to type mathematical 9and other) formulas, to help producing beautiful scientific and technical documents with math and other equations. Since that time LaTeX evolved into the most reliable desktop publishing system where the user can add images and graphics, font formatting, math, physics, etc, and still have a full control over the look and feel of the designed document. I cannot say that about any other software, including Adobe, sorry.
In LaTeX you can program your document in plain text using the markup language and compile directly into a pdf.
- Here is an example (in PDF) of the PathwayStudio – a biological pathway analysts software created fully using LaTeX – pathwaystudio4quickstart.
Independent research and academic writing experience
Through these opportunities, I gained extensive independent research and academic writing experience. I familiarized myself with MLA, APA, and Chicago manuals of styles.
I have a broad interest and academic work in astronomy, astrophysics (see my blog pages), medical imaging, bioinformatics, and fiction writing.
Books I helped indexing and editing
During my career I have edited many types of articles, books, web sites/pages, manuals and user guides, as well as newsletters, catalog copy, advertisements, and many more. My experience also includes scientific illustration, web design, technical and technology illustration, graphical design and many more.
PCR Primer Design
Editor(s): Anton Yuryev
Series: Methods in Molecular Biology | Volume No.: 402
Print ISBN: 978-1-58829-725-9
Pathway Analysis for Drug Discovery
Editor(s): Anton Yuryev (Editor), Sean Ekins (Series Editor)
Computational Infrastructure and Applications
2008, 304 Pages, Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-470-10705-8 – John Wiley & Sons