The Incubator

Hatching conversations about science

Editorial Team

Carol Feltes, writer

carol feltesCarol Feltes has been University Librarian at The Rockefeller University for nearly 8 years and has spent her 30+ year career as a science librarian.  Science information and communication – especially in the life sciences – is her passion.  Prior to Rockefeller she provided science information support in three research based Fortune 500 companies.  She likes gardening, cooking, playing the piano, and collecting natural history books.  She is married to an evolutionary biologist and has two grown children.  Check out Carol’s column, Notes in the Margin, where she will focus on the public consumption of science.

Jeanne Garbarino, chief editor, The Incubator

JAGDr. Jeanne Garbarino is a Bronx native, mother, and wife. She is also a metabolic biologist – turned Director of Science Outreach at The Rockefeller University (RU), with a huge interest in science communication.  This is evidenced by her involvement  in a variety of scicomm initiatives, such as SpotOn NYC (SoNYC) and Double X Science. You will never catch Jeanne eating meatloaf or brussel sprouts. Ever.  You can find her tweeting as @JeanneGarb.

Dan Gareau, writer and editor

danDr. Dan Gareau  is a biomedical LASER engineer constantly stuck at eleven (on a scale of 1 to 10). Dan received B.S. degree in electrical engineering with minors in physics and music from the University of Vermont, where he partied like it’s 1999 (because it was). During graduate studies, he received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the Oregon Health and Science University, and graduated the Biomedical Optics Program with the highest honors. In 2005, he joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a postdoctoral research fellow researching line-scanning and multimodal confocal microscopy and he is currently an Instructor in Clinical Investigation at the Rockefeller University. Dan has been published in the Journals of Biomedical Optics, Surgical Research, Investigative Dermatology, Microscopy, the British Journal of Dermatology, Optics Letters, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  Dan manages Sound Science (, a musical science experiment and can be found tweeting as @Laser_beam.

Simona Giunta, writer and editor

simonaDr. Simona Giunta is a Post Doctoral scientist at the Rockefeller University, where she studies how normal cells can become cancerous by ‘losing the plot’, especially during the ever-important process of cell division. Trained in Classical Studies, at 19 she left her home city, Rome, to study for a BSc in Cancer Biology in London.  For her experimental thesis, she worked at the nuclear reactor in Grenoble and at the NIMR and Barts Medical School, working to induce leukaemia in zebrafish. While undertaking her Ph.D. in Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge, she founded the Women Society of St John’s College, promoting gender equality in academia, and was Science Editor of The Cambridge Student newspaper. Away from science (and writing about science!), she is an avid traveller and has blogged on her website while traversing the Eastern hemisphere in a 1974 yellow VW camper van called Miss Sunshine!

Michelle Lowes MD PhD, writer

ML HeartDr. Michelle Lowes is an investigative dermatologist at The Rockefeller University studying the chronic skin disease psoriasis for the past ten years. More recently she has become interested in the application of basic science and clinical research results to patient care, and how specific treatments are prescribed.  The goal of her column, “Empower My Health,” is to help people make informed decisions about health and illness.  You can find more about Michelle by visiting her laboratory website, or you can contact her via email.

Gabrielle Rabinowitz, writer and senior editor

GRGabrielle Rabinowitz is a graduate student at The Rockefeller University where she studies RNA-binding proteins in the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology. When not busy pipetting, she can be found studying the chemistry of cocktails at local speakeasies, finding somewhere beautiful to hike, or knitting while watching Netflix. Her pieces provide an antidote to hype-heavy science news. Follow Gabrielle on Twitter (@GabrielleRab) for more fun and factual science and technology news.


Michael S. Wheelock, writer and senior editor


Michael Wheelock is a science education advocate and graduate student at the Rockefeller University. When not in lab studying cell division, he works with the BioBus, as a NYAS STEM fellow, and with outreach programs at Rockefeller. You can find him ‘dishin and swishin’ at basketball courts around the city, and birding at RU and abroad.  Catch him on Twitter as @MSWheelock and follow his series #TheBirdphiles.



Maryam Zaringhalam, writer and editor


Maryam Zaringhalam is a graduate student at the Rockefeller University where she studies RNA-editing in yeast. When she’s not tinkering with macromolecules, she doubles as managing director for a non-profit arts company: Our Ladies of South Fourth Street. ArtLab is her attempt to reconcile her double identity in the greater Blogosphere, experimenting with the art of science and the science of art. For more on the ArtLab project and Maryam herself, visit or follow on Twitter @thisisartlab.


  1. Emily Dennis,

    Your fine article on separating science from hype was forwarded to me. One of my specialties is teaching science to non-science-major university students. I spend about 10% of the curriculum teaching them to tell good science from bad or pseudoscience. Our suggestions overlap quite a bit. Mine are all posted; you’re welcome to use or quote them:

    Doug Duncan

    • Thanks so much! Gabrielle and I had a really fun time writing it- and being from a really religious area of the midwest, it’s a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. Your course outline looks great! I wish I had had something like that when I was in high school, I had to figure it out all on my own.

      Thanks again and keep up the good work!