Mak Sisson is the Science Communications Specialist for the Gene Editing Institute. Though she pursued an Environmental Biology major in her undergraduate studies, she always found the world of science too distant from the public eye and too glutted with jargon to explain to her friends. When she saw the opportunity to get a master’s in environmental journalism at the University of Montana, she drove across the country and pursued her graduate studies during a global pandemic. Through her studies, she interned at Deseret News and Modern Treatise while also teaching undergraduates about the field of journalism. Now, she runs the social channels for the Gene Editing Institute, providing current coverage of the lab and its many facets. Her focus is in translating the institute’s advances in CRISPR and gene editing to the local, state, and global community.
If you see her at an educational or outreach event with a phone or camera, reach out and tell her about your experience. She’s eager to foster those connections!