A chemist by training and a journalist by passion, Amanda works for the American Chemical Society's flagship chemistry news outlet, C&EN. She was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins before doing her graduate work in chemistry at MIT, where she studied the mechanism of action of the cancer drug cisplatin. It's also where she discovered the world of science journalism, which inspired her to merge her fascination with the power and beauty of chemistry with her long-time love of telling stories. Soon thereafter she joined the staff of C&EN, where she has held various writing, editing, and leadership roles over the past 15 years. Today she oversees C&EN editorial operations and product development from her home office in Somerville, Massachusetts.