Ellie Andrews


PhD in Experimental Pathology from the University of California, Irvine (expected 2025)

BSc in Neurobiology from the University of California, Irvine (2020)


Investigating Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome.


Ellie was born and raised in San Diego, CA. After moving a few miles north, she started as an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine in 2016 where she discovered a love of neuroscience. During her time at UC Irvine, she also kindled a love of writing through her job as a writing peer tutor. She got her first experience working in an Alzheimer’s disease research lab and quickly became fascinated with its complexity. The vastness of the brain excited her and led her down the path to graduate school. Her current project is focused on characterizing sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease progression to hopefully develop more targeted therapeutics. In her free time, she enjoys reading, rock climbing, ballet, and muay Thai.


Why is science communication important to you personally?

To me, science communication is the unification of my two loves: science and writing. I’ve always loved the art of stringing words together and being able to bring in my STEM background made it the perfect fit for me. I feel it’s also important to learn to effectively communicate your science to the general population. I want to make science accessible to everyone, and not just a few.

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