About me

Leigh Krietsch Boerner The first thing people usually ask me, having only seen my name in print, is “How do you pronounce that thing?”

Like this: Lee Creech Burner*.

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, German chemist and inventor of the Bunsen burner, is my doctoral great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.

I hold a PhD in chemistry from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. My thesis work involved the design and synthesis of light-activated anti-cancer drugs.

I currently work as freelance science writer. For examples of my writing, please see the ‘Clips‘ page.

I can be reached at ljkboerner AT gmail DOT com.

My blog banner was designed by my lovely friend Colin Bridges. He’s awesome. Check him out.

*Technically, it can pronounced either “Burn-er” or “Born-er.” My husband and actual German father-in-law say it the first way, so that’s what I say too. The correct pronunciation sounds something like a sousaphone being played in a bathtub, but shorter. I don’t have those muscles, so “Burner” is good enough for me.


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