Background and Credentials
I originally trained as a biological illustrator with a BA in Biology and Art from Occidental College and an MA in Biological Illustration from Calif. State University, Long Beach. I went on to earn a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and did postdoctoral work at Caltech and the University of Southern California before becoming a Research Faculty member at the USC School of Dentistry.
During my thirteen years as a member of the USCSD faculty, I directed my own research program for eight years and served as a “facilitator” of small-group learning in USCSD’s problem-based learning program. I have written successful grant applications and have published peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature as well as the literature on dental education.
Scientific writing and editing experience:
I have spent more than twenty years in academic research and education as a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow, a research scientist, and a faculty member. When I was doing my own research, I wrote all my own grant applications, abstracts, progress reports, and papers. I successfully secured research funding from a variety of sources, and a selected list of my peer-reviewed publications appears below. Since leaving the faculty at the University of Southern California in 2008, I have been editing documents for other researchers, most of them faculty at USC, on a freelance basis. I also worked from 2010 to 2012 as a Scientific Writer at City of Hope, a leading cancer research hospital located in Duarte, California. As an editor, I have worked on several dozen manuscripts submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, and a number of grant applications, as well as letters, research summaries, and other documents.
Interest in Languages and Communication:
I have always loved learning about languages. I’ve learned a lot about different ways of saying things from four years of high school Spanish, from studying linguistics in college, and from conversations with colleagues who spoke Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Spanish, and Hebrew. I truly enjoy working with non-native speakers of English.
I have a broad science background with emphasis in biology, especially developmental biology and cell and molecular biology and hold the following degrees and certificates:
- B.A. Biology and Art (double major), Occidental College
- M.A. Biological Illustration (special major), California State University, Long Beach
- Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
- Certificate in Technical Writing, California State University, Dominguez Hills
My biology coursework includes:
Botony, Zoology (vertebrate and invertebrate), Comparative Anatomy, Physiology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Cytology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Paleontology, Animal Behavior, Taxonomy, and Biological Oceanography.
My other coursework includes:
Calculus, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Anthropology, and Linguistics.
I have also completed an online certificate program in Technical Writing through Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.
Selected (first author) publications:
Wuenschell C.W., Dalrymple K.R., and Shuler C.F. PBL Core Skills Faculty Development Workshop 2: Training Faculty in Group Learning Facilitation Skills Through Role-Modeling and Role-Play Activities. Journal of Dental Education 71(5): 606-618, 2007
Wuenschell C., Kunimi M., Castillo C., and Marjoram P. Nicotine-responsive genes in cultured embryonic mouse lung buds: Interaction of nicotine and superoxide dismutase. Pharmacological Research 50(3): 341-350, 2004
Wuenschell C.W., Zhao J., Tefft J.D. and Warburton D. Nicotine stimulates branching and expression of SP-A and SP-C mRNAs in embryonic mouse lung culture. American Journal of Physiology 247: L165-170, 1998.
Wuenschell C.W., Sunday M.E., Singh G., Minoo P., Slavkin H.C. and Warburton, D. Embryonic mouse lung epithelial progenitor cells co-express immunohistochemical markers of diverse mature cell lineages. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 44: 113-123, 1996.
Wuenschell C.W., Messer A. and Tobin A.J. Lurcher Purkinje cells express glutamic acid decarboxylase and calbindin mRNA. Journal of Neuroscience Research 27: 65-70, 1990.
Wuenschell C.W. and Tobin A.J. The abnormal cerebellar organization of weaver and reeler mice does not affect the cellular distribution of three neuronal mRNAs. Neuron 1: 805-815, 1988.
Wuenschell C.W., Fisher R.S., Kaufman D.L. and Tobin A.J. In situ hybridization to localize mRNA encoding the neurotransmitter synthetic enzyme glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) in mouse cerebellum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 83: 6193-6197, 1986.
I have not yet had the opportunity to work extensively with style manuals. I am most conversant with the Chicago Manual of Style, having recently completed an online course offered through the Editorial Freelancers Association on the use of the 16th edition of CMS that included hands-on editing exercises. I own copies of the following manuals:
- AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 10th edition
- The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition
- The Associated Press Stylebook