Today, Bernard, myself (@upulie) and @DrYobbo are pleased to launch the @realscientists account! We’ll be starting off with Dr Rachel Dunlop (@DrRachie). With over 10,000 followers on Twitter, Dr Rachie is no stranger to communicating and advocating for science.
Here’s some background on Dr Rachie, which just goes to show that you don’t need to start out in science to end up in a lab.
Dr. Rachael Dunlop is a medical researcher, science communicator and
campaigner for science-based medicine in Australia, with a special
interest in the anti-vaccination movement and alternative medicine.
Rachael started life as a fine artist and graphic designer but was
seduced by the secret world of viruses and tropical diseases and was
lured to university to study science. After 8 years of study in both
Adelaide and Sydney, she surfaced with a PhD and an interest in
diseases associated with ageing. Now working in medical research she
is currently focused on the environmental triggers for motor neuron
disease with a special interest in toxins found in blue green algae.
Rachael is a Fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, a Fellow
of The Society of Biology, and member of Australian Science
Communicators. She is a reporter for The Skeptic Zone Podcast and has
appeared on ABC local radio in The Dirty Disbelievers with Maynard.
Rachael writes for the Skeptics Book of Pooh Pooh, The Conversation,
The Punch, The Drum, Mamamia, the last two of which she has also been
a guest on their television shows. She is also a vice president of the
Australian Skeptics, and a member of Mystery Investigators science
show for children.
In 2010, Rachael won the Shorty Award in the Health category for the
most interesting health and science information on Twitter. You can
follow her on Twitter @DrRachie.
As an ex-graphic designer and copywriter, Rachael enjoys combining her
love of science, art and social media as a means of communicating
science to the public.
We’d like to thank @diva_ex_machina and @therevmountain for designing the artwork for us.