Samantha (Sam) Jones grew up in the Boston area as an avid fan of the Red Sox and really delicious seafood. As an undergraduate she attended Vassar College, studying biology and secondary science education while competing on the swim team. In 2011, she started a position as a research technician at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri, where she used non-parasitic flatworms with remarkable regenerative capacity to ask questions about stem cell biology.
In September of 2013, Sam moved to San Diego to start graduate school in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California, San Diego. Her thesis work focused on the role of RNA in neural development and cognition. After receiving her PhD in 2018 she moved to Washington, DC. to work as an assistant editor for Chemical & Engineering News. In May, 2019, Sam began her current position as the science writer and host of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and PBS Digital Studios YouTube series Reactions. She’s also the writer and host of the ACS podcast Orbitals and co-creator and host of STEMpod. Outside of the day-to-day, Sam is a freelance writer exploring opportunities for scientists and the public to talk about science. She is one of the organizers of this year’s ComSciCon-SciWri workshop in State College, PA.