My name is Ada McVean, and I am a science writer and communicator currently living in London, England. I received my BSc, with a double major in bio-organic chemistry and gender, sexuality, feminist and social justice studies from McGill University in 2019 and my MSc from McGill University in 2022. My thesis focused on oligonucleotide chemistry, specifically synthesizing and characterizing small nucleic acid-based inhibitors Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 using click chemistry.
Science communication allows me to unite two of the things I am most passionate about: science and social justice. Not to mention a big love of animals! I have been working with the McGill Office for Science and Society since 2016, separating sense from nonsense, and have been a freelance science writer since 2019. In 2020 I started my column “But What Do I Know” with Skeptical Inquirer.
I volunteer with Montreal’s largest no-kill cat shelter, the Réseau Secours Animal making funny tweets to fundraise, recruit new volunteers and promote adoptions and fosters.
When not writing, I spend my free time listening to podcasts, playing video games, cooking and trying to find stray cats to pet.