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Mary Spiro

  • MSc (2010) Biotechnology
  • Science writer
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • 4PublicationsNumber of items in Mary's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 78Followers

Research interests

nanobiotechnologynanotechnologyCitizen ScienceBiotechnologyMarketingPublic RelationsPublic OpinionScience and Public PolicyScience CommunicationsNew Media


Science Writer & Media Relations Director @ Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology I spend my days meeting interesting people with interesting ideas and write about them for organizations that pay me enough to keep a roof over my head and food on the table. Professionally, I write science news and manage media relations for Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT), a multidisciplinary research center with more than 200 investigators. We have also spawned two research centers: the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center and the Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence. I write about these centers as well. For fun, and beer money, I write science news as the Baltimore Science News Examiner for, the web-based citizen journalist arm of Clarity Media Group. I like to use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to promote INBT news, as well as my own personal writing endeavors, and to connect with like-minded science writers and organizations across the country. Through these tools, I have connected with people and entities interested in nanobiotechnology research; interacted with science writers and journalists, both professionally and personally; and I am beginning to position INBT and myself as a trusted authority for important scientific research news. My ultimate goal with social networking is to build a critical mass of “followers” and “friends” devoted to reporting and advancing ideas about science, and in particular nanobiotechnology. I am intensely interested in science communications and in bridging the gap between science fact and science fiction. People who write about science have a responsibility to make science accessible to the public, make it relevant and make it interesting. People are very aware of science and how it impacts their lives. I want to find the best ways to reach the public with science news they can appreciate and to impress upon scientists the importance of disseminating their research findings.


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Recent publications

  • Brain still healing weeks after football-related head injury - Baltimore science news |

  • Physical scientists set to work with clinicians to tackle cancer - Baltimore science news |


Professional experience

Science writer

Johns Hopkins University

July 2007 - Present

University of Maryland Baltimore


August 2006 - July 2007(a year)


MSc, Biotechnology

Johns Hopkins University

January 2008 - May 2010(2 years)

BS Journalism

University of Maryland - College Park

August 1982 - December 1986(4 years)

BS, Agronomy

University of Maryland - College Park

August 1982 - December 1986(4 years)