About Me

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Ada McVean is a science writer and masters student living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science, with a double major in bio-organic chemistry, and gender, sexuality, feminist and social justice studies from McGill University in 2019.

Ada enjoys science communication because it allows her to unite two of her biggest passions: science and social justice. She has been working with the McGill Office for Science and Society since 2016 separating sense from nonsense and has been a freelance writer since 2019. In 2020 she started her column “But What Do I Know” with Skeptical Inquirer. She is passionate about a wide variety of scientific topics, but particularly enjoys writing about veterinary medicine, gendered health issues and biases in science.

Ada is doing her masters in the Damha Research Group at McGill University making anti-CRISPR oligonucleotides. She also works with the McGill Chemistry Outreach Group lighting things on fire to teach kids about science, and Montreal’s largest no-kill cat shelter, the Animal Rescue Network, giving pills to cats and making funny tweets.

When not in the lab (or writing), Ada spends her time cooking, playing video games, and cleaning up after her 2 guinea pigs and 15-year old gecko.

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