Science & Medicine Group, – March 2019 to present

Editor in Chief

Provide life scientists, science advocates, and enthusiasts the latest biomedical and life science research news. Crafts original daily online content and shares with the scientific community via curated email correspondence and social media. Conducts on-going critical review of website traffic and users based on content using Google Analytics. Responsible for a bi-weekly Letter from the Editor, which is delivered to over 50,000 life science professionals.

  • Manages editorial calendar, reviews all external online content and communications, and exclusively administrates content management functions
  • Cultivated and built readership by over 300% to over 650,000 monthly pageviews as of August 2020
  • Responsible for producing daily news articles (over 300 within 18 months), original insights features, and deep-dive reports
  • Manage one copywriter, several freelancers, and provide editorial oversight for monthly contributed articles
  • Conducts interviews with executives and researchers throughout the industry to provide insightful and relevant content to readers on a regular basis (2x per month)
  • Key focus areas include: cell and gene therapies, immunotherapies, bioprocessing, drug discovery and development


The National Postdoctoral Association – January 2018 to March 2019

Program Associate

Supported the executive director and Board of Directors to advance the organizational mission through membership engagement, research administration, and advocacy efforts for an under-represented scientific professional group. Provided management and analytical support for diverse on-going programs and projects. Collaborated with staff to create/revise resources and draft marketing materials.

  • Managed the revision of >90 online resources including leading volunteers on 7 independent committees and internal stakeholders
  • Developed back-end online content and pages, and managed website infrastructure
  • Identified and cultivated new membership relationships; successfully grew sustaining membership in the federal and industry sectors (3 organizational memberships, covering over 300 affiliate members)


North Carolina State University – December 2012 to December 2017

Graduate Research Assistant

Completed doctoral and masters research on comprehensive applied animal nutrition and physiology. Conducted multidisciplinary research through collaboration with faculty and industry. Designed and managed over 20 independent research projects. Collected and managed data, performed advanced statistical analysis (JMP, SAS, R), and conducted meaningful scientific interpretation of results. Supervised and mentored several undergraduate students conducting research each semester 

  • Fields of study included: pre- and post-natal nutrition, microbiome, gut health, antibiotics, nutritional supplements, agricultural economics



Professional Affiliations

  • DC Science Writers Association (DCSWA)
  • Women-In-Bio
  • Studying to become a Certified Medical Publication Professional through the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP)

Phd, nutrition & animal sciences

North Carolina State University
*Agricultural Leadership Learning Institute

MS, Poultry Science

North Carolina State University

BS, Biological sciences & poultry science

 North Carolina State University
*Magna Cum Laude
*Dean’s List

Samantha Black, PhD

Arlington, Virginia 



Questions? I look forward to answering them.