Claire McCarthy

Science writer, Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Institute


It’s exciting to find out about new discoveries and the complexities of nature.

What do you do?

I manage a Twitter Account focused on cancer biology, write and edit web content related to basic cancer research programs, create blogs and articles about studies of cancer, and work with others to plan and implement different science communication projects.

Why did you choose this field?

In graduate school, I realized my passion was science communication. I loved writing abstracts and manuscripts (especially the introduction and discussion), making posters, and creating slides about my research. I even enjoyed writing my thesis. This led me to apply for a health communications fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I think getting a health communications fellowship is one of my favorite achievements. In grad school, I struggled with imposter syndrome and doubts about transitioning away from academia. Now, I feel like I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love learning! For me, it’s exciting to find out about new discoveries and the complexities of nature.

Best advice for next generation?

Always follow your heart and don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your dreams!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” (Walt Disney)

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