Melissa Glim, M.P.H., is a science writer and healthcare communications professional working with NIH’s Intramural Research Program to promote the innovative research being done at the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers and the scientists who are making it happen. Melissa has written about topics from Alzheimer’s disease to women’s health, covering basic science to patient education to policy and advocacy.
She supports a variety of clients from government, non-profit, and industry in strategic communications planning and implementation, coalition and partnership building, stakeholder education and outreach, and health and science writing and materials development. She has developed and led grassroots programs for Hadassah and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, spoken on stem cell research and cancer survivorship advocacy at numerous conferences, created a web-based advocacy training program, and contributed a chapter to the Oncology Nursing Society’s textbook, Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personalized Care. Melissa has won three National Health Information awards for her articles. She received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from Hunter College School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Science in Science Communication from Cornell University.
In her spare time, Melissa loves making hats and jewelry, swing dancing, and writing the occasional children’s book, although most of the time, she’s waiting upon her beloved fox terrier, Tilly.
Michele Lyons, curator of the NIH Stetten Museum, loves learning about what has and is happening at the NIH. She'd like people to understand that history is what we are making every day and to think about how we can document the present for the future.
Mohor Sengupta, Ph.D., is an IRP postdoctoral fellow with NIH’s National Eye Institute. Mohor received her Ph.D. from the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in India. She studied pathological markers in traumatic spinal cord injury during her graduate studies. At the IRP, Mohor is studying retinal degeneration and repair after injury. Outside the lab, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and hiking with her husband.
Noah, 22, of Lusby, Maryland, is a poet and writer, and has been an NIH study participant since she was 2 years old, when she was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder called abetalipoproteinemia (ABL). In addition to participating in an IRP study of metabolic disorders like ABL, Noah also has been part of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program for several years, since many of the symptoms that make daily life difficult for her cannot be explained by her ABL diagnosis. Noah credits William Shakespeare with instilling a love of literature in her. When she’s not reading world literature, she’s writing plays and short stories as well as poetry that her mom, an artist, illustrates. You can learn more about Noah’s story by visiting the website of The Children’s Inn at NIH, where she stays free of charge when she is receiving treatment or undergoing tests at the NIH.
Richard Leapman, Ph.D., is the Scientific Director at NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), as well as Chief of NIBIB’s Laboratory of Cellular Imaging and Macromolecular Biophysics. His research focuses on the development of new methods based on electron microscopy and related techniques, with the ultimate aim to expand knowledge about complex biological and disease processes, as well as to characterize morphologically the action of diagnostic markers and therapeutic agents in cells. His group has been particularly active in developing the techniques of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and combining it with scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) to provide an unprecedented high spatial resolution for nanoanalysis of biological structures.
Robin Arnette, Ph.D., is a science writer and editor at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. As a member of the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Arnette shares stories about NIEHS research by developing press releases, producing science videos, and contributing to the Environmental Factor, the NIEHS newsletter.