September 5, 2008

Marino named editor of Cancer Center magazine

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Melissa Marino, Ph.D.

Marino named editor of Cancer Center magazine

Melissa Marino, Ph.D., has been named editor of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's magazine, Momentum.

Marino joined Vanderbilt Medical Center's Office of News and Public Affairs in 2004 as a science writer/information officer, contributing basic science news and features to VUMC publications.

“Melissa has been a tremendous asset to our staff for the past four years with her knowledge of science and the creative knack she has for telling very complex stories in a way that appeals to both our scientific and lay readers, ” said Nancy Humphrey, director of Publications in the Office of News and Public Affairs.

“Melissa has already played an active role in several of our other magazines — including Lens, Vanderbilt Medicine and Momentum, so this won't be an entirely new role for her. She'll be a great addition to our group of talented editors.”

Marino will work with Cynthia Manley, associate director of communications for Vanderbilt-Ingram, on the next issue of Momentum and will take the reins for the May 2009 issue.

“Basic and translational research is a huge component of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,” Manley said. “Having someone at the helm of this publication with Melissa's knowledge, experience and passion for science will be a tremendous asset. We at the Cancer Center look forward to working with her in this new capacity.”

In addition to her new editorial responsibilities, Marino will lead the development and production of other Cancer Center publications, including an annual report.

She will also continue to cover basic science for VMC publications, with an increased emphasis on cancer basic science research.

Marino has a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and a doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science from the University of South Carolina.

Since 2001, Marino has also worked as a freelance science writer for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), writing news briefs of research papers and biographies of newly inaugurated National Academy members.