Ariana Eily is a postdoctoral associate in Science and Society, focusing on science communication. Her work includes science communication training and coaching, as well as working with the science communication team of the North Carolina PFAS Testing Network. She is interested in the intersection between art and science, or STEAM, and in developing ways science can be more deeply connected to society. This includes leading an interdisciplinary team exploring STEAM initiatives at Duke, using improv to help scientists become better communicators, creating courses to expand our thinking about how science and society interact, and establishing a science-art exhibit called the Art of a Scientist.
She earned her PhD from the Biology department and Cell and Molecular Biology program at Duke University in February 2019. Her PhD work was a crowd-funded project focused on uncovering the mechanisms of nutrient exchange in the intricate symbiosis between the small aquatic fern, Azolla, and its obligate nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium, Nostoc azollae. An alumna of Rollins College, she has long had a passion for making science more inclusive, and a large part of her dedication to science communication and STEAM is that they open the door to making science accessible to everyone.