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I am writing
you to express my interest in working as a medical writer in your company.
I’m a highly motivated, selfstarting scientistturned writer and
I had a PhD
in cell and developmental biology. After having some postdoctoral research
experiences in the UK, I moved on to develop my writing and editing
skills. I joined one of the UK’s national newspapers, the Guardian,
as an editor. I’m now a UKbased writer and commentator for several
media outlets of China.
I have a good
understanding of cell and molecular biology in general, and first hand
experiences in research. The several research projects I involved covered
a wide area of life science, from cell culture, living cell assay, biochemistry,
to molecular biology. Making sense of new materials quickly and expressing
the core message with clarity have become a necessity from my research
days to my current writing assignments.
research, I did some supervision when I was a postdoctoral research
associate. I supervised an MSc student for two of his research projects
with excellent results, who later received a full scholarship to enrol
into a PhD programme in a leading UK university.
When I worked
as an editor for the Guardian, frequent verbal and written communication
was essential part of the job. One of my responsibilities as part of
the Guardian’s online comments section team involves contacting and
communicating with contributors, commissioning articles then reviewing
and suggesting revisions, copyediting and sometimes translating the
As a scientist
and a writer, in both environments, my work demand critical thinking,
problemsolving skills and attention to details. The role of editor
in a news organisation also requires me to comprehend large amount of
materials and come up with simple outlines within tight deadline. Part
of my daily work in the Guardian was to write short pieces to summarize
that day’s headline news for the Chinese readers.
Before I joined
the Guardian, I started and then ran an online project for the young
generation of Chinese in the UK. With shoestring budget, I had to create
contents and maintain the databasedriven website myself, while at the
same time promoting and marketing the project to the targeted audiences
through email campaigns and media contacts.
for an opportunity to combine my knowledge and experiences in life science
research with my passion for science and medicine in general. Thank
you for your time.
Pin L., PhD
Date of Birth
|F, Dalry Road
I have multiple
skills and experiences in life science research and in media/journalism.
Trained as a biologist, I have also developed my writer skills and joined
a UK national newspaper as an editor. I am looking for a job which requires
scientific research background and writing/editing experiences, in the
area of science reporting, medical communication, or specialist publishing.
history and experiences
– present Special Correspondent in the UK for Economic Observer,
writer and commentator for several other media outlets of China, incL.ding
Beijing News, Nandu Daily News, and Fanfengchuang Magazine.
– Apr Editor of Weibao
translating, revising and copyediting commentaries about China for the
Guardian website Comment Is Free Cif.
a Chinese version of the Guardian website Weibao. Supervising
and copyediting translation.
– July Founder and director of First Platform International,
specialising in bilingual online media that connect Eastern and Western
– Dec Postdoctoral Research Associate
of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Affymetrix microarray to determine genes associated with hepatic polyploidisation.
realtime PCR to validate microarray results, and to examine expression
level after gene knockout through CRElox system, antisense RNA or
microarray to analyse gene expression level after knockout.
Immunoprecipitation, western blot and other biochemical analysis.
– July Postdoctoral Research Associate
of Physiological Sciences
of NewcastleuponTyne Medical School
GFPPCNA as a fL.orescent marker of DNA synthesis in sea urchin and
fL.orescent or confocal microscopy to study cell cycle in sea urchin
– July Ph.D in Cell and Developmental Biology
Kong University of Science and Technology
title: Calcium signalling in cell division
calciumsensitive fL.orescent probes to study the roles of calcium in
GFPtagged proteins to study living cultured cells and zebrafish embryos
under fL.orescent microscope and confocal microscope.
– Oct Postgraduate study
Academy of Science
– June BSc in Biochemistry
in biological research
L. P, Prost
S, Caldwell H, Tugwood J, Beran G. Harrison DJ. Microarray analysis
of gene expression of mouse hepatocytes of different ploidy. Mammalian
Genome : Aug .
Prost S, L.
P, Caldwell H. Harrison DJ. EF regulates mouse DDB: consequences for
DNA repair in Rb deficient cells. Oncogene : , .
J, L. P, Whitaker M. GFPPCNA as an Sphase marker in embryos during
the first and subsequent cell cycles. Biology of the Cell. :
Kisielewska J, L. P, Larman M, Huang JY, Whitaker M. ERK activation
is required for Sphase onset and cell cycle progression after fertilization
in sea urchin embryos. Development : Feb .