A child of survivors of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Jenny Qi grew up mostly in Las Vegas, attended college in Nashville, and moved to San Francisco at age 20 to complete her PhD in Cancer Biology. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, Bellevue Literary Review, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships & awards from Tin House, Omnidawn, the SF Writers Grotto and Kearny Street Workshop. Her first poetry collection is titled Focal Point; versions of the manuscript have been finalists for the Jake Adam York Prize and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and designated a “Manuscript of Extraordinary Merit” by Tupelo Press. She is also translating her late mother’s memoir from Chinese and working on more poems and essays.
Jenny Qi received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Cancer Biology) from UCSF, where she studied novel drug candidates in preclinical models of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. She does oncology market research and consulting for life science and biopharma groups. She has worked as a content writer, editor and strategist for a range of audiences, creating and editing scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, news articles, blogs, podcasts, slide decks, and more. In addition to oncology, she has covered health insurance policy, diversity in medicine, medical humanities, hospice & palliative care, and mental health in academia. Her news articles may be found here, and more information can be found on LinkedIn.
She was a co-founder, co-host and producer of the science storytelling podcast Bone Lab Radio.