The wonderful people featured on this page are official writers for Neuroscience News. Those featured here contribute original work such as articles, stories, editorials and critiques covering science topics relevant to neuroscience. Dr. Christel Bastida Dr. Christel Bastida. Dr. Christel Bastida graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2002. In August of 2011 she obtained her Ph.D. from the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bastida experienced tremendous growth as a scientist at UT. She was allowed to develop a new line of research in her advisor’s laboratory, and experienced all of the rewards and all of the pitfalls associated with being an innovator. Her graduate research interests included neural correlates of anxiety and stress. In particular, she was interested in how neural networks change as a result of chronic social stress, and how the development of social behaviors were affected. During her graduate studies, Dr. Bastida received numerous awards including a National Institutes of Health training grant, a predoctoral fellowship from the Texas Consortium in Behavioral Neuroscience, and several travel awards. Dr. Bastida has switched fields somewhat in that her current focus is personalized cancer medicine. Clinical oncology has proven to be an exciting field which has instilled a sense of urgency to her work. Her belief is that science is for *everyone* and she would like to discuss scientific issues with the general public. She also enjoys a good debate with fellow scientists and the gorgeous process of science in general.