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Maria Rosales Gerpe

Scientific Writer

Rapid Novor

Job Description

My job is a mixture of copywriter Peggy Olson from Mad Men and linguist Louise Banks from Arrival, with the background of scientist Dr. Ally Hextail from Contagion. Peggy Olson needs to sell an idea, while Louise Banks needs to translate concepts between two parties in simple ways, and Ally Hextail needs to thoroughly study her subjects. Essentially, my job involves me thinking of exciting ways to translate and explain complex science concepts. I do this mostly by writing but also via illustrations. To do my work, I need to understand these concepts which means that I had to study complex science concepts in order to fully understand them.

Relevant School Subjects

  • Arts
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technological Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Design/Arts
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Media/Print/Publishing
  • PR/Communications
  • Science

Career Story

In both Middle and High School, I was always torn between English, Math, and Science. I didn't understand why I needed to choose. I loved all three! The one thing they all had in common is that they always made me curious. In High School, my teacher Ms. Greene drew the coolest illustration of a cell's energy mechanism and this drove me to pursue Biochemistry. I was very curious to understand more about how our bodies worked. From there on, I grew interested in diseases and the bugs behind them. I decided to study Microbiology & Immunology for my Masters at the University of Ottawa. After my Masters, I wanted to move beyond studying the basic nature of these bugs and instead, apply my knowledge to treat them. My PhD in Pathobiology at the University of Guelph exploited my knowledge of bugs and turned them into something that could help us and animals. During this time, I continued writing and illustrating outside of school, with the dream of one day being able to communicate these complex science concepts. After graduate studies, this dream came true! I work as a Scientific Writer for a company in Kitchener, where I get to showcase to other scientists and the public the great work we do.

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