Lindsay is a recovering molecular biologist who, despite turning in her badge and pipette gun, has a passion for science storytelling, vaccine advocacy & camelids.
Lindsay earned her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Medicine, with a concentration in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Science communication and education have always areas of interest for Lindsay, who left the lab bench to explore STEAM education opportunities. Beginning her career in the manufacturing sector of SparkFun Electronics, Lindsay saw great potential for bringing SparkFun’s technology into the classroom. In January of 2011, she formed a new education department at the company to bring accessible, affordable and relevant technology into the classroom. For Lindsay, the emphasis was really on bringing that technology and professional development to the classroom, and she decided that the best way to do that would be to buy an RV and send rotating teams of amazing SparkFun employees on a wild adventure across the continental United States. The success of the education programs provided Lindsay with unique opportunities to participate in events like the White House Science Fair, White House Maker Faire and various thought leadership events.
Despite nurturing a great love for engineering education, Lindsay decided it was time to return to her roots, and she now serves as Director of Communications for the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lindsay is passionate about the intersection of science and community as well as innovative solutions to improve engagement between these groups. Lindsay presented “Vaccination: A Story of Risk & Community” at 2015 TEDx Boulder and frequently contributes opinion articles and editorials on controversial topics including vaccination and genetic engineering. Lindsay’s goal is to find the right tool sets to allow community members to better understand and engage with science to create healthier and more informed communities.
Things that make Lindsay happy: science, music, data visualization, overalls, llamas, mountain biking, dark chocolate, skulls, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Better Off Dead and the Beastie Boys.
Things on Lindsay’s bucket list: write a children’s book, try stand-up comedy, hike Machu Picchu with a llama, sell a piece of art