Madeline Sofia is an associate producer on NPR's Science Desk. She hosts the show "Maddie About Science," which takes viewers behind the scenes with scientists, revealing their motivations and sharing their research—from insect mimics to space probes headed for the sun.
The show is part of the special project "Joe's Big Idea." The goal of "Joe's Big Idea" is to tell scientific stories that explore the minds and motivations of researchers, and highlight the scientific process. "Joe's Big Idea" is also involved in helping young scientists become better scientific communicators. These scientists are part of a world-wide group known as NPR Scicommers. Sofia is in charge of connecting the Scicommers and facilitating their growth as communicators. NPR Scicommers regularly volunteer at outreach events, publish stories in major outlets, and collaborate with each other. If you're interested in working with NPR Scicommers, visit the JBI Facebook page.
Before working at NPR, Sofia received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Vibrio cholerae, a fascinating four billion-year-old single-celled organism that has evolved to outsmart the human immune system.