Jenny Qi is a writer, editor, and science communication consultant with a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology.
A child of survivors of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Jenny Qi grew up mostly in Las Vegas and moved to San Francisco at age 20 to complete her PhD in Cancer Biology. She writes across genres, and her writing contains themes of grief as a young adult, the inheritance of trauma, and the intersection of science and art. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, Bellevue Literary Review, Atticus Review, and elsewhere and have been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She has received fellowships & scholarships from Tin House and Omnidawn and is currently a fellow with the SF Writers Grotto and Kearny Street Workshop. She is completing her first poetry collection, titled Focal Point, versions of which have been finalists for the Jake Adam York Prize and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. She is also translating her late mother’s memoir from Chinese into English and working on a second poetry collection titled Machine Learning, which explores technology and the internalized rules that drive the societal machine.
Jenny Qi received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Cancer Biology) from UCSF, where she studied novel drug candidates in preclinical models of pancreatic cancer. She does market research and science communication for life science and biopharma, specializing in oncology content. She has worked as a science & medicine 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 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.