Reference List of 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/pay 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

If you have any comments or questions about this list, please contact Chris Black at ( or 734-615-1630.


Janet Byron Anderson

Ph.D. in Linguistics
Medical Linguistics Consulting
28221 Center Ridge Road, Suite D-20
Westlake, Ohio 44145-3842 USA
(440) 808-5840

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


Thomas Annesley

Ph.D., Biochemistry
Professor of Clinical Chemistry and
Director, Clinical Chemistry Program,
Department of Pathology, Medical School

I have 30 years writing and editing papers, and currently an editor for Clinical Chemistry.
See CV


Joanne C. Beckman

M. A. Public Policy, M. A. Theology
(734) 253-2385

Reviewed and evaluated manuscripts; edited books and audio-cassettes for publication; managed publisher-author contracts, royalties, and correspondence; handled copyright laws and permission for reprints. Edited college applications, essays, theses/dissertations, journal articles, resumes/CVs, cover letters, etc.
See CV


Dawn M. Bielawski

Ph.D. in Biopsychology, M.S. in Experimental Psychology, B.A. inPsychology
The Editing & Writing Alchemist, L.L.C
(810) 542-2222

I am a freelance editor specializing in scientific and medical writing.
See CV


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


Katherine Ernsting

C.C.R.P., M.A., English Language & Literature
M.S. in Clinical Research Administration in progress
(734) 232-0773
Clinical Research Coordinator
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Clinical Trials Office

Currently serve as a regulatory affairs specialist at UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, drafting initial study applications, informed consents and other documentation.
See CV


Sara Nicole Fischer

Ph.D., Biomedical Science and Immunology
Medical Writer and Editor
Fischer Medical Communications
Ann Arbor, MI
(313) 318-2007
I am a freelance medical writer and editor with experience in writing and editing peer reviewed manuscripts, grant submissions, poster design, 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, cardiology, cancer, infectious diseases, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biomedical science and psychology.
See CV


Gary M. Gatien

M.A. in English, B.S. in Political Science
(734) 764-6872
Clinical Research Project Manager Healthcare
University of Michigan
School of Nursing Building
Room 4356
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0482

Experience in writing and editing proposals, reports, articles,  Website pages, surveys, newsletters, business plans, and marketing  materials. I have managed projects and departments, organized  Websites, coordinated the contributions of book contributors, and  hired and directed the work of designers, printers, and other vendors.  Currently working part time as a clinical research project manager and  pilot testing a new, grant-sponsored Website for the military.
See CV


Anne Giordani

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Postdoctoral fellow in Mass Spectrometry
(734) 665-2256

I am a freelance medical, scientific, and regulatory writer with more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. I have exceptional analytical skills and proven ability to prepare clear, accurate, and comprehensive regulatory documents, scientific papers, and presentations.
See CV


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
(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


Amy L. Markowitz

(415) 695-0235
(415) 695-0236 (fax)

Scientific Writing Specialist/Consulting Editor - Clinical and Translational Research Career Development Program. Teach scientific and medical writing and editing, coach young investigators in presenting original research under CTSA at UCSF.
See CV


Dervla Mellerick

Ph.D. in Microbiology

Science Word Doctor, a freelance writing service for effective scientific and medical communication.
See website


Nancy A. Nelson

M.P.H. in Epidemiology, Ph.D. in Industrial Health
(734) 332-6064

My writing experience includes 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals, along with numerous other health-related documents.  Currently I review manuscripts for several professional journals and I am on the International Advisory Board of the Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health.
See CV


Peter D. Ouillette

B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science
(734) 763-1222 (desk)
(734) 218-4354 (cell)
Research Laboratory Specialist Senior
University of Michigan
4410 Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

My experience in editing is primarily grammar correction in grant proposals and scientific manuscripts.
See CV


E. Mitchell Seymour

Research Scientist, Department of Surgery, UMHS

I am a member of the American Medical Writers Association and the Council of Science Editors. I have 10 years of experience in writing and editing manuscripts, grant proposals, and book chapters, and three years experience in peer review for established journals.
See CV


Annette M. Theuring
(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.
See CV


John L. Zeller

M.D., Ph.D. in Anatomy
(734) 615-6444
Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomical Sciences
Department of Medical Education
University of Michigan – School of Medicine
Contributing Editor
Section Editor: Books and Media Review
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL  60610
(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