Freelance Editors

In response to faculty interest in the availability of editing services, the Medical School Office of Research has developed a list of freelance editors, including their credentials. While we encourage faculty members to use internal resources, we know that we may not have the capacity to meet the demand.

Internal resources for editing services include:

Below find a list of editors who may be contacted for freelance work for various types of writing, e.g., grant proposals, manuscripts, IRB applications, dissertations. Please refer to the editor’s CV/resume for more information about his or her expertise and experience. If interested, please contact the editor to negotiate the work statement and payment arrangements.

NOTE: If you hire a University of Michigan employee to do freelance work, please refer to: UM Standard Practice Guide 201.85 - Non-Appointment Related University Compensation. In accordance with U-M Procurement Services policies, a University of Michigan P-Card should not be used for payments of this nature, and any agreement should be signed by Procurement Services, not the individual unit. Please refer to the U-M Procurement Services website for additional information.

If you have any comments or questions about this list, please contact


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Accdon LetPub

Phone: 1-781-202-9968Address: 204 2nd Ave, Fl 1, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

Our scholarly editors specialize in biology, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, plant biology, microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, geology, host-pathogen interactions, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, regulation, bacteriology, biophysics, psychology, engineering, chemistry, material science, and more.

Our author services company consists of a large team of United States-based certified language and scientific editors (headquartered in the Boston area). Our language and scientific editors are leaders in their fields, teach at top American universities, and hold editing certifications such as Board of Editors in the Life Sciences certifications. Authors affiliated with the University of Michigan can take advantage of a 10% discount for editing. For more information please visit:

Taryn Aldrich

Find me on Facebook
Referral program: Refer a colleague or friend and receive 5% off your next project.

I am a professional editor who offers copy editing services to graduate students and academic faculty, many of whom are non-native English speakers. I focus on editing scholarly manuscripts prior to publication. I also work on grant and research proposals, job applications, and similar materials. I hold an MA in Professional Writing in addition to other degrees in the humanities and social sciences. My editing work spans a variety of disciplines, including STEM. I previously managed a university writing center and now work in educational publishing. My clients’ articles have been published in a variety of top-tier journals.

See CV (PDF)

Dawn Bielawski

PhD (Biological Psychology), CIP (Certified IRB Professional)
The Editing & Writing Alchemist, LLC
Phone: (810) 542-2222

Dr. Bielawski specializes in helping others transform their documents for greater clarity. She has over 20 years of experience in scientific and medical editing, as well as working on such diverse projects as self-help books, science fiction novels, and children’s books. Services offered include proofreading, content editing, literature searches, transcription, and writing coaching. Dr. Bielawski helps clients improve their articles, grant proposals, books, doctoral dissertations, and resumes.

See CV (PDF)

Janet Byron Anderson

Ph.D. in Linguistics
Medical Linguistics Consulting
23303 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070 USA
Phone: (440) 808-5840
LinkedIn: Janet Byron Anderson

I edit peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and NIH research grant proposals for investigators who contact me from various departments at The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. I have considerable experience working with investigators whose native language is not English. I learned so much working with these investigators that I decided to write an article to help editors who also deal regularly with ESL researchers.

See CV (PDF)

Lise Anderson


I have over ten years of experience assisting investigators at U-M. My goal is to help you develop a clear and concise grant that conveys both scientific impact and feasibility. I worked previously for MICHR providing writing guidance and editing. As the MICHR KL2 program manager, I developed particular expertise in career development awards (K, CDA), and I also served as a reviewer. I can help you with your NSF, F, or K career plan. My scientific background is in community-based prevention studies and behavioral trials.

Curt Balch

Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chief Research Scientist, Biomedical Writer, and Consultant for Bioscience Advising
Ypsilanti, MI
Phone: (734) 686-4503

I perform writing/editing of research grants, manuscript submissions, dissertations, research grant applications, and small business innovation research (SBIR) grant applications. My areas of largest experience include epigenetics, cancer biology, molecular biology, signal transduction, pharmacology, cell biology, endocrinology, preclinical and phase I/II clinical trials, tumor microenvironment, and biotechnology. My service extends to principal investigators, senior scientists, postdoctoral/research fellows, Ph.D. students, research fellows, and other scientists of all skill levels.

See CV (PDF)

Sharon Brinkman

BA & MA from the University of Chicago and a JD from Loyola
Phone: (773) 268-8201

I currently work full time at the University of Chicago Press for the American Journal of Sociology. I have two decades of experience with academic and medical editing. Recently, I was hired by the Graham School at the University of Chicago to teach the basic editing class.

See CV (PDF)

Judith M. Connett

Ph.D. in Immunology
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
University of Michigan Medical School

I have 30 years experience of writing and editing both federal and private grants and journal manuscripts. My lab took a monoclonal antibody I developed to clinical trials in colon cancer patients. Relatedly, I wrote the 4 INDs, which we submitted to the FDA for these clinical trials; all 4 met with FDA approval. Over the past three years, I have been involved in extensive grant and manuscript editing here at the University of Michigan for Drs. Kunkel, Hagoboam and Lukacs.

See CV (PDF)

Elizabeth S. DeLyria

Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (Immunology track)
Phone: (281) 216-3872

Freelance and contract editor specializing in substantive and language editing of scientific manuscripts and grant proposals for ESL clients. Extensive knowledge of the body and disease with expertise in immunology and cancer biology. Over a decade of research experience spanning from animal models and tissue culture to molecular biology and nanotechnology. Member of the American Medical Writers Association and a reviewer for multiple journals. Exceptional writing, teaching, and communication skills, including interpreting science into lay terms.

See CV (PDF)

Samantha Dozier

Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Genetics

I have more than a decade of scientific writing and editing experience and have helped researchers at universities around the world increase their publication efficiency by ensuring that both the scientific and grammatical aspects of their grant proposals and manuscripts are presented optimally. I have direct experience in molecular biology, genetics, immunology, nanotechnology, and biomedicine. I have edited in many additional subspecialties, including preclinical and clinical trial documentation and publication.

I work with clients who are non-native speakers and have increased publication rates for those researchers.

See CV (PDF)

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Myra Emerson

JD, MA in Sociology
LinkedIn: Myra Emerson

I have more than 20 years' experience editing journal articles, dissertations, and other academic manuscripts, mostly in health care areas. ESL editing is my specialty.

See CV (PDF)

John E. Essex

Owner, Principal Editor
Peak Medical Editing
Phone: (317) 345-1191

I have edited over 200 published manuscripts along with two textbooks. I was Editor-in-Chief of two scientific publications, and I offer medical and scientific editing service for manuscripts prior to submission to peer-reviewed journals. I also include plagiarism detection and reference formatting for all manuscripts, along with free abstract editing as a trial of my services and skills. For more information on my qualifications, experience, and service(s), please visit the Peak Medical Editing website.

Sara Nicole Fischer

Ph.D., Biomedical Science and Immunology
Medical Writer and Editor
Canton, MI

I am a freelance medical writer and editor with experience in writing and editing peer-reviewed manuscripts, grant submissions, posters, slide decks, non-promotional fair-balance CME, website content, promotional materials, and editing for ESL authors.  I am also available to edit dissertations and theses. My preferred subject areas are immunology, pulmonary medicine, inflammatory diseases, public health, cardiology, cancer, infectious diseases, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biomedical science, and psychology.

See CV (PDF)

Ginny Fleming

B.S., Molecular Biology
M.S., Mathematics/Computer Science
Medical/Scientific Writer and Editor
Phone: (650) 521-6442

I'm a seasoned medical/scientific writer and editor with over 20 years' professional experience writing for pharma, biotech, and international health clients. My work is thorough and accurate. Each submitted document gets a substantive edit, copyedit, and formatting of text, tables, and references. Copyediting can be done to a particular style guide, eg AMA style. And formatting can be done to a specific target journal's requirements.

See CV (PDF)

Margareth Gagliardi

Consultant/Analyst/Editor/Technical Writer
AMG NewTech
Phone: 434-284-0505

I have extensive experience in materials science and engineering, data retrieval and analysis, and technical writing. My work focuses on three areas:

Research and Technical Writing

  • Primary and secondary research
  • Writing and editing scientific essays
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Statistical analysis
  • Technical report writing

Market and Business Development

  • Market intelligence
  • Evaluation of emerging technologies
  • Technology benchmarking   
  • Creating technology-based web content

Intellectual Property

  • Patent analysis
  • Intellectual property management

CV - Available upon request

Rachel H. Gordon

MA, International Affairs (The Fletcher School, Tufts University); MA, Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning (Tufts University)

I offer proofreading, line editing, developmental editing, and dissertation/thesis editing and coaching. I will help you express your ideas clearly and logically while adhering to necessary style guidelines and editorial policies, where applicable. No project is too small or too large! 

GrantRescue℠ / WinningSubmissions LLC

Jeffrey B. Tatro, Ph.D.

Consultation and substantive editing of research grant proposals and manuscripts to help biomedical researchers and other scientists 1) to win research grant funding and 2) to publish scientific articles, with maximum speed and efficiency, by optimizing presentation and persuasiveness to reviewers. Resubmissions and reviewer responses a specialty. Scientific and strategic input based on long experience as biomedical research PI. Over $78,000,000 to date awarded in grants of all types from NIH, NSF, CDC, EPA and other agencies – ranging from large Center to large & small R-type, SBIR, and mentored training and career development grants (K awards, NSF CAREER). We provide high-level advice and consultation, working closely with our PI clients to provide insights and improve upon scientific, presentation, and persuasion issues of all types. We read as reviewers, anticipating likely concerns of your study section's members, and any barriers to effective communication and persuasion, and opportunities to enhance PIs' development of significance and premise. Input provided in multiple rounds, on proposal subcomponents (e.g. Introduction, Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach) or whole drafts, with separate and in-text comments, progressing from initial edits with markups & queries for intent/clarification to complete editing. We slash unneeded words and passive language with little mercy, to enliven scientific story and flow, optimize clarity, and achieve a crisp authoritative style. We use a tutorial style that helps improve our clients' grantsmanship skills in their future efforts. Clients look to us not merely for editing, but for critical challenges and prodding/prompting for needed information, clarification, rationales, controls, and intrinsic connections, synergies, and translatability perhaps missed.  We review prior critiques of PIs' previously submitted proposals, to inform and guide strategy and ensure responsiveness, and we review any needed funding opportunity-program announcements and submission guidelines. Established U-M vendor.

See CV (PDF)

Tod P. Holler

Ph.D. in Chemistry, postdoctoral fellowship in Enzymology
Visiting Associate Research Scientist in the U of M College of Pharmacy
Member of the Editorial Board, Assay and Drug Development Technologies
Principal, TPH Communications, LLC
Phone: (734) 353-2549

During my 19 years as a biochemist and project leader in the Pharmaceutical industry, in both the US and United Kingdom, I developed skills in preparing all forms of scientific communication. I now help others publish their scientific work in peer-reviewed journals and submit winning grant proposals. I can also help with narratives for award nominations and other writing tasks that you are too busy to do, but have to get done.

See CV (PDF)

Debbie Hwang

Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
Certificate in periodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
DMD, cum laude, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
BS in cellular and molecular biology, magna cum laude, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor



- Dental and medical manuscript and dissertation editing (content and copy)

- Academic and personal essay editing

- Peer reviewing

- Literature searches and summations

- Decision tree design

- English as Second Language (ESL) speaker support

To help colleagues convey the significance of their work in a clear, unbiased, and powerful way.  


A practicing board-certified periodontist and dental implant surgeon with an eighteen-year history as a published author and scholar, I am well qualified to compose, content-edit, and proofread scientific manuscripts, especially those with a clinical slant. My body of work includes more than twenty-five manuscripts (controlled animal and human trials, case studies, literature reviews, clinical treatment recommendations, expert opinions) written for peer-reviewed dentistry periodicals. As a chief editor of Implant Site Development (Wiley 2012), an influential surgical textbook, I revised submissions of the expert contributors, some of who were ESL speakers, and penned three key chapters. These logical and compelling analyses have been used to spur new investigations, influence surgical methodology, validate material presented at major meetings, and aid dental students and residents in their studies. I also currently serve as a peer reviewer for two journals, Compendium and Inside Dentistry (AEGIS), and recognize the traits of ethical and credible research.

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Michele Siuda Jacques

Phone: (248) 309-9365

An accomplished editor with extensive experience, I bring clarity and consistency to varied and complex writing. I am a copy editor for the international Pediatric Radiologyjournal based at U-M. I'm comfortable with authors whose native language is not English. I have decades of newspaper editing experience, primarily at the Detroit Free Press, and edit fiction and nonfiction books for both beginning and more established writers. I also edit the education magazine, Kappan, as well as manage its social media presence. I can make your best work better.

See CV (PDF)



JournalEdit has been helping academic professionals and authors with their technical manuscripts and scientific communication needs since 2012. We have a global network of 100+ experienced medical editors (PhD, MD) across a breadth of specialties. Our work is backed by a full satisfaction guarantee.

JournalEdit was founded by an Alumnus of the University of Michigan and we pride ourselves on providing quality, prompt service at an affordable price. Mention the promo code 'UMMS-JE20' to receive a 20% discount.

Thomas Allen Lang

Master's Degree in Communication Management
Tom Lang, Principal
Tom Lang Communications and Training International
10003 NE 115th Lane
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: (425) 242-1370
Cell: (425) 636-8500

I am a senior medical writer-editor with substantial experience in preparing manuscripts reporting clinical and epidemiological research to meet the needs of evidence-based medicine. For many years, I was a Senior Grants Officer at a state university and, later, Manager of Medical Editing Services for the Cleveland Clinic. I have also taught on the University of Chicago's Medical Writing and Editing program annually since its inception in 1998. I am the author of How to Report Statistics in Medicine, a standard reference in evidence-based medicine and scientific publications, and of How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences, also a standard reference in medical writing.

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Sally L. Lusk

Professor Emerita
School of Nursing
University of Michigan
Phone: (734) 647-0347

Available to do pre-submission research grant reviews. Previously funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); UAW-GM. Conducted RCTs of interventions, served on NIH Study Section, and as an ad hoc reviewer for NIOSH. Please see my publication regarding preparing grants:

Lusk, S.L. (2004). Developing an Outstanding Grant Application. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 26(3), 367-373.

See CV (PDF)

Wade Martin

Emareye Medical Editing Services
Phone: (909) 610-9152

Wade Martin is the Editor-in-Chief at Emareye, a full-service medical editing company, and has edited over 500 manuscripts on numerous medical topics, including aneurysms, melanomas, stroke, spinal cord injury, and parasitic infestation. He is also the official medical editor for the journal Neurointervention and is a grant editor for the faculty at the NYU School of Medicine. He has worked closely with numerous doctors on all aspects of the publication process. For more information about our medical editing service, please visit our website.

Liza Marx

Academic and Professional Editing Services (A.P.E.S.)

Our team is lead by Ms. Liza Marx (Teaching, BA Public relations). She was exposed to all disciplines while employed at research foundations and universities. She assisted several students globally during the past 20 years. 

We assist students in English (U.K. and U.S.A.) language editing. We facilitate formatting, proofreading, and copyediting of dissertations and theses according to the required style and guidelines from the institution. This includes proofreading, sentence flow, correcting of grammatical errors, indexing, referencing and formatting.

Leah Duncan Maurer

Phone: (248) 563-6191

I am a copy editor for Pediatric Radiology, an international journal based at U-M and edited by Dr. Peter Strouse. Additionally, I am contracted with the U-M School of Information and New York University School of Medicine to edit for individual researchers. I also have a freelance business, Editing with Purpose, through which I work with other writers ranging from students to novelists. My background is in newspapers and I spent several years copy-editing the Detroit Free Press and The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) prior to starting at the journal 15 years ago.

See CV (PDF)

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Lori Newman

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), MA in linguistics, BS in biochemistry, BA in French
Company: Newman Translations
Phone: (240) 264-0934

I offer medical and scientific translation and editing services. I translate from Chinese, French, and Spanish into English, and I edit translated documents and texts written by non-native English speakers. Research articles and textbooks are my specialties; two of my veterinary textbook translations from Spanish (in emergency medicine and ophthalmology) have recently been published, and I have edited several other texts for publication. I edit translated documents for both faithfulness to the original text and English grammar, style, and fluidity.

See CV (PDF)

Renee D. Pessin

Biomedical editing/writing for grants, manuscripts, dissertations
Phone: (866) 990-3348

Grant Proposals – experienced in single and multi-investigator grant proposals for NIH and other agencies/foundations. This includes basic, translational and clinical research, training grants, center grants, program projects, etc. (R01, R03, T32, K12, K01, P01, P30, P50, U54, etc.); I'm experienced in editing all sections and writing nontechnical sections such as Administrative Cores, overview sections, resources, biosketches and budget justification. Manuscripts – experienced in editing and polishing articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, specializing in work with non-native English speaking authors. Dissertations, white papers, book chapters – editing/polishing.

See CV (PDF)

Running Ink, LLC

Running Ink, LLC
Phone: 412-841-8372

Over 20 years combined editing, writing, and research experience. We believe that establishing relationships with clients leads to improved outcomes. We assign one editor per project because we believe that writing is a conversation and getting to know our clients is a top priority. Your success and satisfaction is our top priority and how we measure our success. We are dedicated to fully and completely getting to know each customer and creating a customized personal experience.

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John L. Zeller

M.D., Ph.D. in Anatomy
Phone: (734) 615-6444

Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomical Sciences
Department of Medical Education
University of Michigan Medical School


Contributing Editor

Section Editor: Books and Media Review

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Phone: (312) 464-2417

In my capacity as a Contributing Editor, I am in charge of selected research manuscripts that are submitted for publication and "run" the articles through the editorial process; in charge of the Book and Media Review Section; the primary editor for submissions from Howard Markel, MD (University of Michigan) regarding JAMA's LITERATIM Section; and lastly, I edit various COMMENTARIES that are submitted to the Journal.

See CV (PDF)



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Danielle S. Taubman, MPH

Phone: (734) 232-0481

Danielle S. Taubman, MPH has over 8 years of experience in scientific writing and editing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on health communications, both from the University of Michigan. She currently works as a technical writer and program evaluation specialist at the University of Michigan Depression Center. Her editing services include proofreading and content editing, improving sentence flow, correcting grammatical errors, referencing, and formatting. She also provides substantive pre-submission language editing for authors whose first language is not English. Documents are primarily research proposals and peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, but also include book chapters, reports, theses and dissertations, and website content. Please contact her at for additional information, including pricing. 

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Annette M. Theuring

Phone: (301) 365-4056
7304 Marbury Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

I am a freelance medical editor with 20 years’ experience in publishing, primarily editing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. Can also edit theses and dissertations, reports, and correspondence. Extensive experience working with authors whose first language is not English. Editing experience covers a wide range of medical specialties, including neurology, psychiatry, nursing, orthopedics, and surgery.

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Shannon Traphagen (SM Traphagen)

<p>International Freelance Writer, Editor, Ghost Writer<br>
Bachelor's Degree/ Master's Degree (honors)-Social Work/English<br>
Certifications in Storytelling and the Media, Child Trauma Therapy, Academic/Research Writing and Social Justice<br>

<p>I am an Associate Publisher of&nbsp;regional healthy living magazine, where I have worked for over four years. I have been a freelance writer and editor for more than ten years, working on numerous and often deadline driven projects. I am meticulous, have strong research and editing skills, very strong listening skills, and know how to target client materials toward intended audiences. Clients that work with me have a high ROI, and I take my work and commitment to each client very seriously.</p>

<p><a href="/files/rdfreelanceeditorresumetraphagenpdf">See CV</a> (PDF)</p>

Urban Venture Group, Inc. (UVG)

Email: Burr Zimmerman at
Phone: (614) 425-1230

Urban Venture Group, Inc. (UVG) provides proposal strategy and preparation services, including full-service proposal development, coaching, editing, and funding agency access. UVG clients have raised over $445 million in grant funds from NIH, DARPA, DoD, DOE, NSF, BARDA, and many others. We also support entrepreneurs in SBIRs, STTRs, and raising angel capital. UVG is led by Dr. Burr Zimmerman, and includes writers (several holding technical PhDs), editors, budget experts, EVM support, and subject matter expert reviewers.

Jodi Woodside

Web Content Editor


Over 10 years experience with technical documents, manuscripts, dissertations, grants, and websites. I focus primarily on document formatting to guidelines or qualifications, and line-by-line copy editing. My niche is proofreading and presenting articles, whitepapers and landing pages written for SEO and proof of content expertise. Often times I edit portions of proposals prepared by physician researchers for health and wellness grants.


Contact us at or 734-763-4272 / (Fax 734-615-9458)

2800 Plymouth Road, NCRC Building 520, Room 3174, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

A list of Grant Services & Analysis staff is available in the Personnel Directory.