|Reference List of Freelance Editors|
In response to faculty interest in the availability of editing services, the Medical School Office of Research has developed a list of freelance editors, including their credentials. While we encourage faculty members to use internal resources, we know that we may not have the capacity to meet the demand.Internal resources for editing services include:
- Chris Black, 734-615-1630, UMMS Office of Research – Chris is an experienced interdisciplinary proposal writer who will edit, as time permits, external grant applications for grammar and grantsmanship issues.
- MICHR Research Development Core (RDC) – Provides no-cost services and consultation to assist investigators in designing, writing, and submitting external grant proposals.
Below find a list of editors who may be contacted for freelance work for various types of writing, e.g., grant proposals, manuscripts, IRB applications, dissertations. Please refer to the editor’s CV/resume for more information about his or her expertise and experience. If interested, please contact the editor to negotiate the work statement/pay arrangements.
NOTE: If you hire a University of Michigan employee to do freelance work, please refer to:
UM Standard Practice Guide 201.85 - Non-Appointment Related University Compensation
If you have any comments or questions about this list, please contact Chris Black at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 734-615-1630.
Janet Byron Anderson
Ph.D. in Linguistics
Medical Linguistics Consulting
28221 Center Ridge Road, Suite D-20
Westlake, Ohio 44145-3842 USA
I edit peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and NIH research grant proposals for investigators who contact me from various departments at The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. I have considerable experience working with investigators whose native language is not English. I learned so much working with these investigators that I decided to write an article to help editors who also deal regularly with ESL researchers.
Professor of Clinical Chemistry and
Director, Clinical Chemistry Program,
Department of Pathology, Medical School
I have 30 years writing and editing papers, and currently an editor for Clinical Chemistry.
Joanne C. Beckman
M. A. Public Policy, M. A. Theology
Reviewed and evaluated manuscripts; edited books and audio-cassettes for publication; managed publisher-author contracts, royalties, and correspondence; handled copyright laws and permission for reprints. Edited college applications, essays, theses/dissertations, journal articles, resumes/CVs, cover letters, etc.
Dawn M. Bielawski
Ph.D. in Biopsychology, M.S. in Experimental Psychology, B.A. inPsychology
The Editing & Writing Alchemist, L.L.C
I am a freelance editor specializing in scientific and medical writing.
Judith M. Connett
Ph.D. in Immunology
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan Medical School
I have 30 years experience of writing and editing both federal and private grants and journal manuscripts. My lab took a monoclonal antibody I developed to clinical trials in colon cancer patients. Relatedly, I wrote the 4 INDs, which we submitted to the FDA for these clinical trials; all 4 met with FDA approval. Over the past three years, I have been involved in extensive grant and manuscript editing here at the University of Michigan for Drs. Kunkel, Hagoboam and Lukacs.
C.C.R.P., M.A., English Language & Literature
M.S. in Clinical Research Administration in progress
Clinical Research Coordinator
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Clinical Trials Office
Currently serve as a regulatory affairs specialist at UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, drafting initial study applications, informed consents and other documentation.
Sara Nicole Fischer
I am a freelance medical writer and editor with experience in writing and editing peer reviewed manuscripts, grant submissions, poster design, slide decks, non-promotional, fair-balance CME, website content, promotional materials and editing for ESL authors. I am also available to edit dissertations and theses. My preferred subject areas are immunology, pulmonary medicine, inflammatory diseases, cardiology, cancer, infectious diseases, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biomedical science and psychology.
Gary M. Gatien
M.A. in English, B.S. in Political Science
Clinical Research Project Manager Healthcare
University of Michigan
School of Nursing Building
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0482
Experience in writing and editing proposals, reports, articles, Website pages, surveys, newsletters, business plans, and marketing materials. I have managed projects and departments, organized Websites, coordinated the contributions of book contributors, and hired and directed the work of designers, printers, and other vendors. Currently working part time as a clinical research project manager and pilot testing a new, grant-sponsored Website for the military.
Anne GiordaniPh.D., Analytical Chemistry, Postdoctoral fellow in Mass Spectrometry
I am a freelance medical, scientific, and regulatory writer with more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. I have exceptional analytical skills and proven ability to prepare clear, accurate, and comprehensive regulatory documents, scientific papers, and presentations.
Experienced science writer with successful production of grant applications and progress reports for NIH, DOD, and other funding entities. I have worked extensively with prominent research groups and individual researchers here on campus. I have additional experience in journal submissions to top-tier journals, written an IRB application, and served as a website writer and administrator as well as a journal editor and reviewer. My writing experience is backed up with first author publications, 18 years of laboratory bench research experience, and freelance science writing experience with the Cenege (Gale)group.
Tod P. Holler
Ph.D. in Chemistry, postdoctoral fellowship in Enzymology
Visiting Associate Research Scientist in the U of M College of Pharmacy
Member of the Editorial Board, Assay and Drug Development Technologies
Principal, TPH Communications, LLC
During my 19 years as a biochemist and project leader in the Pharmaceutical industry, in both the US and United Kingdom, I developed skills in preparing all forms of scientific communication. I now help others publish their scientific work in peer-reviewed journals and submit winning grant proposals. I can also help with narratives for award nominations and other writing tasks that you are too busy to do, but have to get done.
Amy L. Markowitz
(415) 695-0236 (fax)
Scientific Writing Specialist/Consulting Editor - Clinical and Translational Research Career Development Program. Teach scientific and medical writing and editing, coach young investigators in presenting original research under CTSA at UCSF.
Ph.D. in Microbiology
Science Word Doctor, LLC. As a former PI in the Pediatrics and Pathology Departments at the U of M, I succeeded in getting ROI, RO3 and R29 grants to fund my independent research program. I also wrote papers for high impact journals including Oncogene, Neuron, and Genes and Development. Applying that experience and knowledge, I now contract as a scientific writer and editor with my company Science Word Doctor, LLC, see http://www.scienceworddoctor.com for details.
Nancy A. Nelson
M.P.H. in Epidemiology, Ph.D. in Industrial Health
My writing experience includes 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals, along with numerous other health-related documents. Currently I review manuscripts for several professional journals and I am on the International Advisory Board of the Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health.
Peter D. Ouillette
B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science
(734) 763-1222 (desk)
(734) 218-4354 (cell)
Research Laboratory Specialist Senior
University of Michigan
4410 Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
My experience in editing is primarily grammar correction in grant proposals and scientific manuscripts.
Renee D. Pessin
Grant Proposals – experienced in single and multi-investigator grant proposals for NIH and other agencies/foundations. This includes basic, translational and clinical research, training grants, center grants, program projects, etc (R01, R03, T32, K12, K01, P01, P30, P50, U54, etc.); I'm experienced in editing all sections and writing nontechnical sections such as Administrative Cores, overview sections, resources, biosketches and budget justification. Manuscripts – experienced in editing and polishing articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, specializing in work with non-native English speaking authors. Dissertations, white papers, book chapters – editing/polishing.
Ph.D., Human Genetics
My scientific specialty is immunogenetics, but biomedical subject areas in general fall into my experience particularly where bioengineering and clinical medicine/diagnosis intersect. I am also familiar with preparation of both NIH and NSF grants and have worked with grants for other agencies (Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Education, DOD, etc.).
E. Mitchell Seymour
Research Scientist, Department of Surgery, UMHS
I am a member of the American Medical Writers Association and the Council of Science Editors. I have 10 years of experience in writing and editing manuscripts, grant proposals, and book chapters, and three years experience in peer review for established journals.
Annette M. Theuring
7304 Marbury Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
I am a freelance medical editor with 20 years’ experience in publishing, primarily editing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. Can also edit theses and dissertations, reports, and correspondence. Extensive experience working with authors whose first language is not English. Editing experience covers a wide range of medical specialties, including neurology, psychiatry, nursing, orthopedics, and surgery.
B.S., M.A. in Communications
Teaching writing skills and programming computer code have provided me a unique attention to detail, the ability to edit for coherence, and a strong command of English grammar. Being trained in rhetoric, I edit scientific texts with an appreciation that manuscripts and grants are written to persuade.
Cailin Moira Wilke
Ph.D., Immunology, B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology
Professional Medical Writer
I am a professional medical writer and Ph.D. scientist with 9 years of bench research experience. My areas of expertise include cell and molecular biology, immunology (particularly tumor immunology), and oncology, and I have written or edited materials (manuscripts, grant applications, abstracts, posters, slide presentations, etc.) on a wide range of topics, both biological and beyond. I have extensive experience working with research groups for whom English is a second or third language. Manuscripts I have written or edited have been published in peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, and Cancer Research.
John L. Zeller
M.D., Ph.D. in Anatomy
Department of Anatomical Sciences
Department of Medical Education
University of Michigan – School of Medicine
Section Editor: Books and Media Review
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
In my capacity as a Contributing Editor, I am in charge of selected research manuscripts that are submitted for publication and "run" the articles through the editorial process; in charge of the Book and Media Review Section; the primary editor for submissions from Howard Markel, MD (University of Michigan) regarding JAMA's LITERATIM Section; and lastly, I edit various COMMENTARIES that are submitted to the Journal.