Heather Buschman has 12 years of experience communicating science to non-scientists. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular pathology at UC San Diego and completed a health communications internship in the National Cancer Institute’s press office. She spent her first years away from the bench as a science writer and communications manager for the Consortium for Functional Glycomics at The Scripps Research Institute, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and NuVasive, a medical device company. She is currently Senior Communications and Media Relations Manager for UC San Diego Health, where she translates complex research findings into lay-friendly stories in the form of press releases, newsletter articles, magazine pieces, podcast episodes and more. Buschman also continues to freelance, writing articles for a variety of clients. She has won a number of awards for her work, including an Association of American Medical Colleges Award for Excellence, Health Care Communicators Finest Award, MarCom Award, Content Marketing Institute Gold Award and PR Daily’s Nonprofit PR Award.