During her eleven years as a San Jose State University biology lecturer​, in the heart of Silicon Valley California, Mary Poffenroth has made innovation in science education and communication a priority. Whether through making original videos for TEDed and Wiley & Sons, writing for Science magazine, presenting her research at Stanford University, or speaking to live audiences at TEDx, Comic Con, and Inbound, Mary’s goals are the same: Make science accessible for all. 
Mary, a Salzburg Global Fellow, holds two masters degrees, one in biology and the other in science communication from Imperial College London, in which she graduated with honors. She is the author of Write Present Create: Science Communication for Undergraduates and has taught nearly 20,000 university students both in person and online since 2007. She began her research career in astrophysiology at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field in 1999 and now focuses her research on the intersection of fear science, communication, and personal/social change.

Media Career Highlights

Live Speaking Engagement

TEDx Imperial College London, The Myth of Fearlessness


Animated Video

TEDed, Which Sunscreen Should You Choose?

Concept and Script Writer 

Straight to Camera Video Series

Mahalo Biology

Host and Script Writer


Academic Book

Write, Present Create: Science Communication for Undergraduates

Cognella Academic Publishing. 221p. 1ed.


Printed Magazine Article

Science Magazine,  My Liberation Through Science

347 (6217): 98

Live Science Show

Nerd Nite @ The Tech Museum, San Jose CA 

Host and Creator

Los Angeles | San Jose | London 

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