Instagram is a crucial social media platform for any business. The image-based app has huge marketing potential and can be used to spread your startup to a wide audience. Here at Reagent Genie, we have been working to expand our social media presence across all platforms.
As we worked on our Instagram account, we became aware of the large and growing community of science Instagrammers. Scientists from all across the world use the app to share their work and snippets of their daily life. The community is positive, supportive, and engaged; users frequently comment on each other’s posts with encouragement and support. We love how Instagram allows us to see the more human side of scientists, as it gives them a platform to showcase their passion and drive.
We have compiled a list of our top science Instagram influencers. Their photos range from shots of specimens under a microscope; recordings of their travels across the world; personal posts documenting their PhD journey; to scientific concepts explained using sushi!
We hope you enjoy reading about these fantastic influencers!
Dr. Nehemiah James Mabry is a structural engineer, educator and entrepreneur based in Raleigh, North Carolina. His engineering experience includes over 8 years of research at NASA and currently works as a Bridge Design Engineer at Simpson Engineers & Associates in Cary, N.C. In 2012, while attending North Carolina State University as a graduate student, he founded STEMedia Incorporated. STEMedia, a digital media company that provides creative inspiration and educational content for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) community.
Since its inception, Dr. Mabry has won national awards, engaged audiences through public speaking, renderred guest lectures and partnered with several organizations, businesses and academic institutions in STEM outreach.
"Hello all! My name is Daniel Kennedy and I am a science writer specializing in educational articles involving anatomy and physiology and other biological sciences. After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in biology and pre-medical sciences, I turned my focus on creating content to teach as many people as possible about science. I use analogies and metaphors to connect the sciences to the reader’s every day lives and also include pop culture references tied to a given subject to create interest and nurture understanding. I showcase some of my articles on my personal Instagram page, @dan_the_biology_man, to focus on building an interactive network of scientists all around the world all of which share the common goal of teaching as many people about the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Since its inception this past January, the Scicommunity (@thescicommunity) network has gained a life of its own. We all believe that providing the tools to foster and encourage learning to as many people as possible is one of the best things we can do to help change the world of academics for the better."
“As a child, I spent most of my free time volunteering and giving back to others. This has been a constant theme in my life and I knew that the best thing to do was to incorporate this to my professional and long term goals. I’m a firm believer that in order to excel in something, you must be passionate about it. Combining my passion for science with this drive to help others motivated me to enroll in a Ph.D. program at Weill Cornell.
I knew this was the first step in my training, necessary to understand disease at a molecular level and apply that knowledge towards improving the quality of life of the millions afflicted by these prevalent disorders. My motivation lies in the millions of families that are impacted by addiction. The growing addiction epidemic is quite troublesome and understanding the underlying causes of these behaviors is key in solving this global issue. My overarching goal is to become a successful independent researcher. I aspire to have a role in which I can have the greatest impact, improving the quality of life for those afflicted by drug addiction.”
"My name is Dr. Alexandra Schober and I’m a recent PhD graduate. My research is in the area of neuroscience, specifically focusing on how astrocytes in the brain respond to neurological disorders. I’m currently transitioning into my postdoctoral fellowship where I’ll be delving further into how astrocytes work in the brain (thus explaining my Instagram handle!).
My Instagram is a mash up of science and my personal life, mainly because it was my personal account before I decided to become a science communicator but also because I feel it’s important for younger students to see that scientists have normal lives outside of the lab which makes us more relatable. Most of my posts are neuroscience related, but I’m planning to have weekly themes that are broader in scope and explain everyday scientific occurrences that many aren’t aware of.
Give me a follow (@astrocyte_alex) to learn more about neuroscience and to see what us scientists are up to during our time outside of the lab!"
"Hey. I’m Sasha! I’m a PhD in Toronto, Canada! I’m a biochemist studying the proteins that help make a bacteriophage. I love that my research involves two of my favourite topics: using the chemistry of a protein to defines the biology of the organism.
As scientists, I believe we have an onus to share our work. Our science gains it’s utmost value when it is accurately shared and communicated. Via #scicomm we can learn from others, gain support from our communities and help work towards a better, more diverse, scientific community.
I started a series called “PhDenomenalPhDemale” as a way to share the stories of women in pursuit or having obtained a PhD in science. The goal of this series is to provide evidence for the necessity of a diverse scientific community and in turn, support women in graduate school and girls at all stages of their scientific journey. Yes, science is tough, but it’s those tough questions, that when answered will drive us forward and that will only happen when we are ALL equally supported to be part of this!"
“Hey there, I'm Jesse Crowe, The Travelling Scientist.
I'm an adventurous nerd who travels around the world, investigating the science of everything and creating informative and entertaining videos that share interesting facts, useful tips and advice that can help you live a smarter, happier and healthier lifestyle!”
Jamie Katuna is a second year DO/MPH student (and former college basketball player). She started sharing ideas through spoken word and video, then transitioned to writing about experiences within medical training.
She discusses the dynamics for women in medicine, the concept of imposter syndrome, leadership, and much more through a lens that is vulnerable and transparent. She has also started research around intermittent fasting and shares ideas about the system of research and the myths regarding nutrition. She has spoken live at the American Medical Student Association as well as the Functional Medicine Forum, and has been featured on numerous podcasts, KevinMD, Doximity, and Medscape.
Marina and Niedson are from Brazil. Marina is on her Master’s second year and Niedson is in the first year of his PhD. The couple works with endocrinology.
During his master's degree Niedson worked with endocrine disruptors, but now he is investigating how fasting affects oxidative stress in the adipose tissue.
Marina used to work with hypothyroidsm and how treatment with taurine can modulate the lipid profile of this condition. They met at the lab and have been together for two years, documenting their lives and work through their Instagram, @coupleinscience.
"I am a PhD candidate in the Lens Research Laboratory at the University of Sydney Bosch Institute. After being diagnosed with a low-grade cervical cancer when I was 20, I received treatment at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a specialised oncology facility in Sydney. I was inspired by their amazing staff, and went on to become a volunteer, where I met and spoke to hundreds of patients about their unique experiences with cancer. Their stories inspire my work to this day and drive my passion as a researcher to be part of helping to understand and develop new therapeutics for cancers, especially those that are rarer.
Instagram has been an amazing place for me to share my life in the lab. Outside my PhD, I love reading, cooking and running with my greyhound Iggy. A couple fun facts about me: 1) I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada; 2) I absolutely love presenting but have awful presentation anxiety; and finally, 3) my right thumb is about 1cm shorter than my left, and because of this I pipette with my right index finger!"
"Hello Reagent Genie fam! Name’s Ricky Barrett (@millennialscientist). I’m a PhD candidate near the end of my Biomedical Sciences degree down at the UCF College of Medicine in Orlando, FL. Super stoked to be featured here so thank you!
I started posting my science through my instagram account because most of my friends are non-scientists and I’m really the only scientist they interact with in their lives. I wanted to show the non-scientist folk out there that scientists aren’t creepy people who magically make knowledge and text books from their science dungeons. We’re actually pretty normal. (maybe normal is a stretch)
Most of my posts are from the biomedical lab I work in now but I actually started my science career as a marine biologist studying sea turtles in Dr. Jeanette Wynekens lab down at FAU. Got to see a lot of cool underwater science and started on a project studying marine natural products as potential neurological therapeutics which led me into medical research where I am now."
“I am a Wildlife Biologist with 15+ years of experience, a passionate science communicator, and featured scientist on the Science Channel’s highly rated show, What on Earth.
Not your typical scientist, I like to show that you can be serious about science, but don’t have to “look like a scientist.”
I study the behavior and distribution of mammals in human-modified landscapes through the eMammal citizen science camera-trapping program. I have created 10 lesson plans with teachers to implement eMammal into K-12 classrooms for students to learn science through the contribution of data to real scientific research.
I run eMammal programs in 50+ schools in four countries around the world including Mexico, India, Kenya, and the United States.”
"Hey all, my name is Martijn and I am a science communication officer at Hasselt University in Belgium (yes I have the luxury of having access to excellent beer, god-like chocolate and crunchy golden fries). I used to be a biomedical scientist but during my PhD, where I focused on developing new imaging tools to study brain diseases, I fell in love with science communication. From giving talks, to organizing events to spreading the word of science on social media, I couldn't be stopped.
So I was super stoked that I could start working as a science communication officer at my university. Basically I create content for the university, coach researchers and construct new events and networks. I love that I get to meet a lot of awesome people and learn about all different types of research (rather than sit in my own little cocoon in the lab). BUT I still do some scicomm myself on instagram and twitter. I love instagram for its visual aspects and awesome science community (just look @thescicommunity). Anyway come have a look and don't be afraid to connect. Cheers!"
"My name is Carra Simpson, I am a PhD student at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, investigating the gastrointestinal microbiome in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders.
For my honours thesis, which is a one year intensive coursework and research year here in Australia, I investigated oral bacteria, c-reactive protein and cortisol in adolescent anxiety and depression.
I am French/Australian, so the prospects of travelling to Europe for future study and a postdoc is all the more easier. Given my background, I love studying languages! I speak several languages, but I am thinking that my next challenge is to tackle another programming language, probably Python. I am also an academic teacher within the School of Psychological Sciences, taking small tutorials for the subjects Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. I love teaching, and my students are very driven and hardworking."
"Hi everyone, my name is Guneet, aka The Small Scientist! I am a first year PhD student from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. I work on immune peptides called defensins, which are known to have an anti-microbial effect on pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. Recently, my lab has shown that these cool molecules can also specifically lyse tumour cells, ultimately resulting in tumour cell death.
My project focuses on expanding on how defensins work in a microbial and cancer setting, which could lead to development of novel anti-microbial and anti-cancer therapeutics."
"I'm a scientist who loves to travel. In fact I believe that science and travel are both offshoots of the same curiosity to know more about the world. My blog combines the two, and its main aim is to exhibit the awesome science that's hiding in plain sight all around us. When I'm not exploring, my main lines of work are a regulatory affairs consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, science writer, and university lecturer in applied chemistry, occupational toxicology and science communication. A very interesting mix but not quite as Instagram friendly as my travel snaps!
My blog can be followed on sciencewanders.com, or on social media (Instagram/Facebook) as @sciencewanders.
"I’m a dietitian and currently doing my PhD looking at improving eating habits of young adults.
My current research focuses on this age group as this period involves significant lifestyle changes (such as leaving the family home, starting university or entering the workforce). As a result, they are vulnerable to weight gain and it also places them at increased risk of chronic diseases later in life.
I’m focusing on social media as I believe it has a huge potential in influencing the eating habits of current generation because they are the highest users of this medium. In my spare time, I like to explore new places and write blogs about my food and travel adventures."
Elizabeth Lorayne is an award-winning author and publisher of children’s books. After the success of her series The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, whose heroine is an aspiring naturalist and the captain of her own ship, Elizabeth continues to produce books with themes of girl-empowerment, eco-consciousness, exploration, and science. She recently felt compelled to create The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries. It is Elizabeth’s hope that through coloring these illustrations and reading these biographies of strong, brilliant, hard-working women scientists, you will feel inspired to go forth and seize your own dreams and that you will in turn continue the circle of empowering yourself and others.
She is an artist and mother, inspired by nature, history, and the rhythms of her surroundings. Elizabeth is a graduate of The New School in NYC. She can often be found cycling along the Northshore of Massachusetts, where she resides with her family.
"I am a New York-based artist and research scientist, currently working in the Division of Psychiatric Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The research that I'm involved in is working towards understanding the etiology of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder through multiple "-omic" assays.
I received my BS in Biology from Duke University in 2006, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in 2011. I have a background in biology, specifically genetics, and have spent over 13 years working in different genomic research laboratories.
My artwork draws from my experiences in the methodology of the lab, as well as my general interest in the sciences, specifically infectious and psychiatric diseases. Currently I am an Epidemiology student in the Master of Public Health program at the Icahn School of Medicine, where I am hoping to further merge the two disciplines of science and art as interdisciplinary methods of understanding disease."
"Hi everyone. I am Nina, an undergrad chemistry student at the university of Vienna and I will start my third year of the Bachelor soon.
With the beginning of my studies, I started my IG account @chemistrylover_vie. I wanted to share my life as chemistry student from lectures to study time, but the most interested content might be my lab life with details of my experiments.
Another reason why I love this account is to get connected with a lot of different people from all around the world. Some people want to know how they can start to study in Vienna. Sometimes I got questions about chemistry, sometimes we exchange tips about literature."
Lauren Mangione just completed her 10th year of teaching in New York City.
She currently teaches 8th grade, but has taught science from grades 3-8.
She loves designing science lessons that have an engineering and artistic focus. She is working on her doctorate degree in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
"My name is Janelle Letzen, and I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University where I study brain function in people who live with chronic pain.
After learning how to make sushi art in 2017, I decided to combine this hobby with my passion for science education on my Instagram account. My hope is to make dense science topics easier to understand and more entertaining for students and informal learners.
I recently created a website (thesushiscientist.com) to function as an educational resource. Feel free to reach out through either of these means if you are interested in collaboration or have a science topic that you would like to see explained via sushi!"
“My name is Daniel Twomey. I am a male model, Wellbeing Coach, Physical Education teacher and PhD researcher in the area of Physical Activity and Positive Mental Health in Trinity College Dublin.
I suffered severely with my mental health in my 20s. So much so that in 2008 my doctor described me as "The biggest risk of suicide she had ever seen". Thankfully I had good people around me, I received treatment and I recovered.
Since then I have developed the skills to manage my stress and anxiety in such a way that they do not affect my life. Now, my passion in life is to pass on these tools to other people who may be struggling with their mental/physical health. I want to help as many people as I can.”
“I'm Rebecca, a third year PhD student doing a mix of microbiology and computational biology.
I'm interested in the metabolism of the symbiotic bacteria of insects and how we might use them to prevent the spread of tropical diseases.
I love outreach, public engagement and science communication and so I try to fit in as much of it as I can around my PhD.”
“I am Lindsey, a materials engineer and I created @the_engineeress to show what a female engineer looks like.
I consider it my opportunity to expose this demographic of the field in hopes of creating vision for young potential engineers out there.”
“Hi! I have just recently started my third year studying a Biochemistry degree.
Whereby, for the past two weeks I have been on an Oversea's Field Course in Portugal, to study Antibacterial Resistance in Aquatic environments that tourists may be exposed to.
I wanted to study Biochemistry because I enjoy working in a laboratory, however this field course has shown me that I can do more with my degree.”
“I'm a parasitologist, I love studying the creepy crawlies that swim through our blood vessels, feast on our flesh, and set up home in our brains.”
"After completing my Masters I have moved to South Africa to be involved in the Kalahari Meerkat Project.
So at the moment many of my posts are about Meerkats! But it’s been my life long passion to work and live in Africa working with its wildlife and communities and the conflicts that occur between the two.
I am currently working on setting up a charity with 5 others and we have just started fundraising for our pilot project later this year! We’re very excited to get started! The charity is called The Uthingo Foundation so please check us out and help if you can!"
Erin is a maker, engineer, writer, entrepreneur, designer, and science communicator.
She graduated from the University of Florida with her degree in mechanical engineering December 2016 and has a passion for showing the art and creativity in science and engineering.
Erin has continually served as an advocate for women in STEM. She served as the president of UF's Society of Women Engineers from 2014-2015 and the SWE Region D Collegiate Representative from 2015-2016. She has volunteered at local elementary schools, museums and maker events, bringing accessible science to the next generation.
Erin spends her weekends hiking, writing, and attending events to spread science literacy and the art in science. Her goal is to use these tools to increase public awareness and appreciation for science and engineering.
"I am a PhD student based in the Lambe Institute at NUI Galway, Ireland. I majored in Pharmacology as part of my BSc. in Biomedical Science. Following this I obtained an Irish Research Council PhD scholarship in the department of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. My project investigates novel therapeutics in Adrenocortical Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the adrenal gland. This research involves growing millions of cells in the lab and using different drugs to target specific pathways which may lead to better outcomes for patients in the future.
I have recently begun sharing my research and life as a scientist via Instagram. Showing that our generation of scientists can use social media to engage with the non-scientific community in a fun, approachable way. It has also become a great support network for PhD students facing various struggles along the way and getting to interact with fellow researchers all across the world!”
"I’m Brittany Wickham (@beethescientist), and I’m a Science Interpreter at @thefranklininstitute in Philadelphia. I interpret big, complex, scientific ideas into language that everyone can understand by performing large demonstrations, writing lessons for the museum floor, and talking to the general public.
My role models are Bill Nye, Miss Frizzle, and Fred Rogers and I hope to one day join the ranks of these impressive science and education communicators. Need a fun demonstration to explain a complex topic to the general public? Need help making your lesson more interactive? Feel free to message me!"
Tim James is a high school Science teacher and online Science populariser from the UK. After noticing a lack of light-reading Chemistry books available in bookshops, he decided to write his own! Elemental, published by little, brown books is a humorous guide to the weirdness and wonder of the periodic table, suitable for all ages and all levels of curiosity.
"I’m Nina from @nina.draws.scientists and I draw some awesome scientists (that happen to be women).
Initially, my Instagram account was a way for me to learn about scientists - drawing helped that process . As a little bit of a history nerd, I wanted to learn about the people behind scientific discoveries that shaped our world today.
My goal soon developed after being contacted by followers who aspired to be scientists one day and hearing about the challenges they face. So today I try to showcase the diversity of jobs available within scientific fields and, most importantly, the diversity of the people.
At university, I read Biology. My fascination by regenerative medicine led me to pursue an MSc in Developmental Biology. But, that was a long time ago and today I work as a medical writer in London.
Thank you for Reagent Genie for featuring me on this blog!"
Dr. Martina Ribar Hestericová is a forensic scientist in industry (currently working in Lonza), science communicator and a freelance science journalist based in Basel, Switzerland. She regularly writes for daily newspapers and international science pages (mostly about chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, space and engineering), but also enjoys communicating science on social media.
She co-runs a free educational webpage (www.science-exercises.eu) with solved chemistry, physics and math exercises for high school and college students. About three years ago, she created the Instagram profile @science_exercises.eu to promote science among young students and researchers and to showcase her own PhD research aiming at the development and optimization of artificial metalloenzymes. Visit this IG profile to learn more about the most recent science, its uses in our daily lives, about her highly interdisciplinary research, PhD life, being a woman in science, and, most recently, about moving from academia to industry.
Naomi Koh Belic is a science communicator and active researcher at the University of Technology Sydney.
She hosted 5 episodes of SCIENCEY with ABC and featured as a biology expert on all 10 episodes of Dr Karl’s Outrageous Acts of Science with Discovery Channel.
Her research is focused on isolating and characterizing stem cells from fat, utilizing these cells to model multiple sclerosis and creating digital media content for the multiple sclerosis community.
"My name is Sophie and I'm a 31 year old software developer and tech & data enthusiast from Germany. Until three years back, I would've never thought that I'll ever combine "I'm" and "software developer" in one sentence. So why the late change of heart, what did hold me back?
Well, I thought I couldn't handle the math part, the physics part or the "whatever seemed a bit challenging to me" part when thinking about any more techical profession. So I moved on an picked something I thought I actually could handle. Long story short: I thought I couldn't and so I didn't even try.
It took me a long time to develop the self-confidence and the right mindset to finally go back to school next to the job and study media informatics (applied computer science with focus on developing (web) applications). And guess what: I really enjoyed the math and physics classes :)
I couldn't be happier about finally going out of my comfort zone even if that meant facing the prospect of failure. So now I try to share my passion and my story through Instagram to hopefully encourage others to try the same and also to tear down the impression that tech isn't for women.
We hope you enjoyed reading this post! Don't forget to check out the Instagrams of all of the influencers featured. What are your favourite science Instagrams? Let us know!
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