DDN provides engaging stories about scientific breakthroughs that will help life science researchers develop diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for improving human health.
Our content creators are scientists first; they came to us with PhD degrees and years of laboratory research experience. They now dedicate themselves to researching and writing accurate, compelling science stories and educational materials to assist readers with keeping current on the latest news in translational, preclinical, and clinical research and indulging their curiosity about the discoveries coming to light in fields outside their own research focuses.
Executive Vice President
Rob brings more than 20 years of experience managing successful business-to-business media organizations within the pharma and life science industries. He previously served as sales director for BioTechniques; president of the BioScience Group at Informa Business Information; and publisher at Advanstar Communications and Thomson/Medical Economics. At LabX Media Group, he directs Drug Discovery News, The Scientist, and Technology Networks.
Kristie Nybo, PhD
Kristie joined the Drug Discovery News team with 15 years of experience in scientific publishing. For the last two years, she has served as creative services director for The Scientist. Prior to that, she wrote for and directed news content and managed peer review for the journal BioTechniques for more than a decade. She has also served in public relations communications and medical writing and editorial roles. Kristie earned her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and conducted research at UCLA and at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on brain development and signal transduction in mouse models.
Tiffany Garbutt, PhD
Associate Science Editor, Creative Services
Tiffany earned her PhD in Genetics from North Carolina State University, where she explored the effect of genetic background on the ability to derive induced pluripotent stem cells. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in the development of translational approaches to direct cardiac reprogramming and understanding the mechanisms of cardiomyocyte maturation. She has written for multiple medical, nonprofit, and academic peer-reviewed outlets. In March 2020, Tiffany joined LabX Media Group as an assistant science editor for The Scientist. She began working with Drug Discovery News in October 2020.
Yuning Wang, PhD
Assistant Science Editor, Creative Services
Yuning joined the custom content team at Drug Discovery News in June 2022. She earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, where she investigated how calcium sensor proteins regulate muscle cell membrane repair and cause muscular dystrophy. Yuning developed a passion for science communication during graduate school and began her career as a science writer in 2020. She enjoys reading, gardening, and trying new restaurants in Toronto.
Luisa Torres, PhD
Assistant Science Editor, Creative Services
Luisa is an assistant science editor at Drug Discovery News. She has a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from Stony Brook University where she researched anti-inflammatory treatments for spinal cord injury. Later, as a postdoctoral fellow, she studied how parasitic infections may lead to signs of Alzheimer’s disease. She has written for NPR’s blogs ‘Shots’, ‘The Salt ‘and ‘Goats and Soda’. Her interests include metabolism, aging and drug discovery.
Stephanie DeMarco, PhD
Stephanie earned a PhD in molecular biology from UCLA in 2019, where she studied how the human parasite, Trypanosoma brucei, controls its social behavior. During her PhD studies, Stephanie served as Editor-in-Chief of Signal to Noise Magazine, a non-profit online science magazine run by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and wrote for the epigenetics blog, EpiBeat, as a freelance writer. Stephanie was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Los Angeles Times, following which she pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. She is incredibly excited to join the team at Drug Discovery News as an assistant editor!
Sarah Anderson, PhD
Sarah Anderson joined Drug Discovery News as an assistant editor in 2022. She earned her PhD in chemistry and master’s degree in science journalism from Northwestern University. She served as managing editor of the Illinois Science Council’s “Science Unsealed” blog and has written for Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, Chicago Health Magazine, and others. She enjoys reading at the beach, listening to Taylor Swift, and cuddling her cat, Augustus.
Hannah Thomasy, PhD
Hannah joined Drug Discovery News as an assistant editor in 2022. She earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Washington in 2017 and completed the Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism in 2020. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Undark, and New Scientist. She enjoys playing soccer and hiking and hopes to be a contestant on The Great Canadian Baking Show one day.
Social Media and Communications Coordinator
Melissa completed her M.Sc. in biology, which focused on stress-induced transcription factor signalling in ovarian cancer cells. Most recently, she finished a graduate diploma in science communication, where she learned how to communicate complex topics to different audiences through various outlets, such as presentations, videos, podcasts, and social media. Melissa looks forward to sharing and showcasing all the fantastic research currently being conducted.
Greg joined LabX Media Group (LMG), which publishes Drug Discovery News, in April 2008. Before coming to LMG, he studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College in Toronto. Greg has taken on numerous creative roles designing elements for many of the company’s brands and heading up custom projects for advertisers.
Kristyn joined LabX Media Group in April 2019. Since joining LMG, she has worked on numerous design projects and has transitioned to the new Art Director for DDN, refreshing the magazine and all of its branding elements. Kristyn graduated with an advanced diploma in graphic design and a certificate in art+design fundamentals from Georgian College.
Operations Team Lead
Meaghan Brownley earned a marketing and advertising diploma from Georgian College in 2015 after completing a degree in literature from the University of Toronto in 2012. She has worked in marketing and content development for more than 7 years. She currently manages the operations team for Drug Discovery News.
Jessica joined DDN in September of 2021 as an operations coordinator for the Creative Services team. She completed a bachelor of commerce degree and graduate certificate from York University. She recently completed an internship focused on content creation, social media, and customer service. She focuses on DDN’s marketing and promotions efforts for lead generation, webinars, and social media.
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Alex earned her bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Guelph, and has worked primarily within the hospitality and health & wellness industries in sales, marketing, team management, and customer experience. She began her journey with LabX Media Group in 2021 and coordinates DDN's print & digital advertisements.
Alex Maranduik holds an MSc in marketing and consumer studies from the University of Guelph. He believes in a data-driven approach to marketing and has experience with eCommerce, product development, project management, privacy legislation, and marketing automation. Alex leads the marketing department in matching the right content with the right audience to optimize user experience and maximize reader engagement.
Dana joined LabX Media Group in August of 2019. She spent two years working with The Scientist as a senior account executive, and has recently joined the Drug Discovery News team as sales director. Dana brings more than 20 years of successful sales and marketing experience in the life science market, specifically in biotech and biopharma.
Senior Account Executive
Ryan began his media sales career at The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and a number of business-to-business publications. Ryan joined the DDN team 8 years ago and has watched the life science media market evolve from a predominantly print-focused industry into a multi-channel digital and lead generation-minded media community.
Anna joined DDN in 2023 as an Account Executive. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sports Management and Business from Franklin Pierce University and has worked primarily in the healthcare industry in sales and marketing.