ASO Authors


The Athens Science Observer writing staff is composed of a dedicated group of volunteers from Athens, Georgia and abroad. Most of us are doctorate, masters, and undergraduate students at the University of Georgia and though we have backgrounds in a variety of scientific fields we all share a vision to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.

Current Leadership:

Max Barnhart, Co-Editor-in-Chief. Max Barnhart is a PhD studying the evolution of heat stress resistance in sunflowers at the University of Georgia. He is also the current Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Athens Science Observer. Growing up in Buffalo, NY he is a diehard fan of the Bills and Sabres and is also an avid practitioner of martial arts, holding a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. You can contact Max at or @MaxHBarnhart.

Simone Lim-Hing, Co-Editor-in-Chief. Simone Lim-Hing is a Ph.D student in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia studying the host response of loblolly pine against pathogenic fungi. Her main interests are chemical ecology, ecophysiology, and evolution. Outside of the lab and the greenhouse, Simone enjoys going to local shows around Athens, cooking, and reading at home with her cat, Jennie. You can reach Simone at or connect with her on Twitter. More from Simone Lim-Hing
Kathy Bui, Associate Editor. Kathy Bui is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Georgia. She is currently working on CRISPR-gene editing in Drosophila melanogaster and developing split fluorescent protein technology. She uses sturdy glass tupperware for lunch and her Google Pixel 3 to take high-quality pictures. More from Kathy Bui.
Inam Jameel, Associate Editor.  Inam Jameel is a PhD student in the Department of Genetics at UGA. He is interested in how natural populations adapt to rapidly changing environments. When not in the greenhouse or in the lab, Inam likes to run, attend concerts, watch the Washington Capitals, and do poorly at trivia. He can be reached at or @evo_inam. More from Inam Jameel.
Jennifer KurazJennifer Kurasz, Associate Editor. Jennifer is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology at UGA, where she studies the regulation of RNA repair mechanisms in Salmonella. When not in the lab, she prefers to be mediocre at many hobbies rather than settle on one. She greatly enjoys her women’s weightlifting group, cooking, painting, meditation, craft beer, and any activity that gets her outdoors. She can be contacted at More from Jennifer Kurasz. 
McCrum_photoKB McCrum, Associate Editor. Kelly (KB) McCrum is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Biology working on the interactions of plants and microbes under climate change. A theater kid at heart, she’s passionate about science communication, and would love to tell you why science and art should go hand in hand. You can find her waxing poetic about her home state (Texas), conversing with her houseplants, and/or thinking of excuses to do more traveling.

Current Writers (Fall 2020):

Rebecca AtkinsJennifer McFaline-Figueroa
Max BarnhartJohn Spiekerman
Meghan BradyKaito Nagashima
Kathy BuiMaria Flowers
Colton MeineckeMegan Tomamichel
Inam JameelMonica Harmon
Sahana Parker

Past Writers:

Amanda PiehlerKatherine Kruckow Sudeepti Kuppa
Ana Mandujano Katie PieperSunishka “Suni” Thakur
Caitlin MertzlufftKatie Reagin Alaa Ahmed
Caitlin Reeves Kelly KerrAngela Hsiung
Chelsea HimslLauren Sgro Ankita Roy
Ellen KrallLeah CaplanArnab Mondal
Gazal AroraLiana Mosley Chaitanya Tondepu
Graham GrableMegan BulandDebkanta Chakraborty
Harrison Brock Natalie EldredgeJeremy Duke
Hayley SchroederNick Batora Kara Wyatt
Jenn Cyr Paige CopenhaverKaren Bobier
Jonathan WaringRuby HarrisonKristen Dominguez
Kush Bhatia Megan Prescott Pablo Mendieta
Savanah Jackle Trevor Adams Zaka Asif