BioE Communication Lab

The Comm Lab offers on-line workshops and peer-to-peer coaching for graduate-level writing and communication tasks for course work and for research.  ​The Comm Lab is also offering on-line office hours for quick questions relating to tips and tools you might need for your writing and communication tasks.  Click “schedule appointment” below to request a one-hour peer-to-peer coaching session or a 15-minute office hour.  Please contact our Program Coordinator, Tracy Carter ( with any questions.

The Comm Lab brings a discipline-specific perspective to assist you with the task at hand—whether you’re working on a manuscript, poster, presentation, or other projects.

NU COE Communication Lab

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Comm Lab Fellows

McKay Cavanaugh is a 3rd year PhD student working with Dr. Rebecca Willits. Her research focuses on the design of tissue engineering biomaterials that mimic the neural stem cell niche. Her goal is to gain insight into the mechanosensing cues in the niche and understand how they determine the fate of the neural stem cell. She has published peer-reviewed articles and presented research at several conferences including an oral presentation at BMES 2019. She is passionate about public speaking, data visualization, and working with her peers to develop technical and soft skills.
Aleksandra Petelski is a third-year PhD student in Dr. Nikolai Slavov’s Laboratory. She is interested in researching the heterogeneity of ribosomes in addition to answering relevant biological questions on the single cell level. Before Northeastern, Aleksandra had a variety of research and work experiences, from working in a molecular biology laboratory to optimizing additive manufacturing of medical implants. She continues to contribute to peer-reviewed papers and writing grant proposals, and strongly believes that communication is key to discovering new scientific principles and progressing research.