“Training in chemistry is not like training in plumbing. Don’t limit yourself to the obvious career options.”
Carmen Drahl made the transition to a writing career while earning her Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry. She is a freelance science journalist whose work has appeared in outlets such as Forbes.com and the Princeton Alumni Weekly Magazine. She uses her scientific background to cover news at the interface of chemistry and biology, including Google’s forays into medicine, the surprisingly ill-defined mechanism of action of Tylenol, and the flavor chemistry that led to pumpkin spice mania.
Prior to becoming a freelancer, Dr. Drahl reported for Chemical & Engineering News. She was an early adopter of using social media to source and report chemistry stories, and also crafted a multimedia reporting niche that included managing the magazine’s YouTube Channel. Dr. Drahl has also worked as Content Manager at ThinkFoodGroup, the company founded by renowned chef José Andrés, a lecturer at Harvard’s annual Science and Cooking lectures. At ThinkFoodGroup Dr. Drahl acted as the bridge between the chef R&D team and the communications team.
Dr. Drahl has served on the advisory boards of the Princeton Alumni Weekly magazine and the American Physical Society’s Inside Science TV. She earned her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Erik Sorensen at Princeton, where she focused on total synthesis and proteomic studies of the marine natural product abyssomicin C.