Ada McVean is a science writer and masters student living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and will shortly be living in London, England. 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. Her expected graduation is December 2021.
She also volunteers with the McGill Chemistry Outreach Group lighting things on fire to teach kids about science. Ada is very passionate about animals, and volunteers with two animal-based charities: Montreal’s largest no-kill cat shelter, the Animal Rescue Network, where she gives pills to cats, trains others to give pills to cats, and makes funny tweets asking for donations, as well as No Surrender, a novel Ottawa-based charity dedicated to helping people avoid unnecessarily surrendering their pets due to a lack of resources.
When not in the lab (or writing), Ada spends her time listening to podcasts, playing video games, and cleaning up after her guinea pig and 16-year old gecko.