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Director of Faraday Science Communications


Joanna brings more than 20 years’ experience writing about a wide range of scientific topics in biosciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. After a PhD in Molecular Toxicology, Joanna began a career in science publishing, as associate editor on Drug Discovery Today and later as senior editor, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. In 2007, she joined one of the world’s largest biomedical charities, Cancer Research UK, specializing in plain language science communications for patients and the public. Joanna has been a freelance writer since 2017, covering all biomedical topics with a focus on oncology, pharmacology and drug discovery.


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Published Content
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Six Steps Towards Understanding the Microbiome and Cancer

In cancer, rapidly emerging evidence suggests that the microbiome influences disease progression in a myriad of direct and indirect ways. In this listicle, we look at recent research developments directed towards exploring the emerging “oncomicrobiome”.
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Diverse Applications of High-Content and High-Throughput Screening

In this article, we use COVID-19 and cancer to illustrate the range of screening tools at our fingertips today.
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Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment

In this article, we learn why it’s not just the tumor itself that needs to be targeted and hear about research that aims to exploit the tumor microenvironment.
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Advances in High-Throughput Screening

Ever since the advent of the multi-well plate, researchers have been pioneering new ways to miniaturize assays for high-throughput screening (HTS). Here, we share two examples that illustrate the power of modern HTS in drug discovery.
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Advances in Cancer Drug Discovery

From optimizing immunotherapy to second-guessing cancer’s next evolutionary step – there has never been a more innovative era in cancer drug discovery.
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Phenotypic Screening – Advances in Technologies and Techniques

Phenotypic screening is gaining new momentum in drug discovery with the hope that this approach will improve the success rate of drug approval. In this article we look at some of the latest screening tools and their applications.
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The Immune System and Cancer

There has been an acceleration in our understanding of how cancer evades the immune system, and an explosion in new therapeutics that re-configure the immune system to mount a powerful anticancer response. Download this list to learn more.
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Optimizing Kinetics in Drug Discovery

As biology presents ever-more challenging targets, the chemistry world is pushing ahead with new tools to design or discover drugs that have optimal kinetics. We look at two different approaches being used to explore and optimize the kinetics of tomorrow’s medicines.
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The Evolving Field of Cancer Biomarkers

Given the complexity of cancer, it’s arguably unlikely that single molecules will work as clinically meaningful biomarkers for cancer. Today, biomarker discovery involves detecting patterns – characteristics or phenotypes that can be measured and monitored throughout a patient’s journey. Here, we look at two approaches being explored in this evolving field.
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Post-translational Modifications in Biopharmaceuticals

This article provides insights on the impact of post-translational modifications of biopharmaceutical products on drug development and biotherapeutic formulation.
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