About Calla

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Hi! I’m Calla, an engineer-scientist and writer.  I work in biotech in Boston, where I’m an expert in enzymatic reactions, nucleic acid process development, and chromatography.  Currently, I’m at Intellia Therapeutics, where I develop Cas9 mRNA processes and novel mRNA characterization methods.

My education includes a bachelor of science in chemical engineering with minors in biomedical engineering and English from Penn State and a master of science in microbiology and cell science from The University of Florida.  I supplemented my engineering education with an English minor because I believe strong writing skills are essential and especially underestimated in technical fields.  I’m so passionate about this, in fact, that I’ve given a TEDx talk and a SWE conference talk about how innovation uses both science and art.

Click here to browse my academic and leadership awards.

Outside of biotech, I’m an avid writer, where my fiction and non-fiction works have been featured in various literary journals and anthologies.  I love talking about gene therapy, chromatography, women in STEM, and leadership!

Want to learn about science? I started a science blog in 2023–check it out here!

Want to talk about something cool?  Drop me a line–I love meeting new people!