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Donna Lu

Donna Lu

Thought Leadership Specialist

Wrote for The Atlantic, The Guardian & New Scientist.

Donna Lu is an experienced writer and communications specialist with a strong background in media, scientific, and medical writing. Skilled in implementing major strategic campaigns targeting mass and specialized media, she provides expertise in copywriting, medical and scientific research news features, and digital production. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Atlantic, The Guardian, New Scientist, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Saturday Paper, VICE, The Outline, The Big Issue, and the Griffith Review and throughout a wide range of topics.

Feature Writing
Hospital & Healthcare Content
Hospital & Healthcare Content Strategy
Pharmaceutical Content Strategy
Pharmaceutical Content
Arts & Culture Content
Medical Writing
Social Media Marketing
Copywriting
Scientific Writing
Media Relations
Interviews
Ghostwriting
Donna Lu

Donna Lu

Wrote for The Atlantic, The Guardian & New Scientist.

Thought Leadership Specialist

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Employment Highlights

Journalist & Contributing Writer

Independent

January 2015 - Present (6 years 9 months)

Technology Reporter

New Scientist

January 2019 - Present (2 years 9 months)

Writer

Nature Custom Publishing/Springer Nature

December 2017 - Present (3 years 10 months)

Science Writer & Communications Manager

The University of Queensland Brain Institute

May 2015 - August 2018 (3 years 3 months)

2 More Entries

Education Highlights

Graduate Certificate in Arts

The University of Queensland

March 2014 - November 2014 (1 year 8 months)

Bachelor of Medical Studies

The University of Queensland

March 2010 - November 2014 (5 years 8 months)

Resume

Journalist & Contributing Writer

Independent

January 2015 - Present (6 years 9 months)

As an independent journalist, Donna has worked with many different publications.

  • Wrote features and criticism for print and online publications, with bylines in The Guardian, The Atlantic, VICE, HuffPost, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper and more.
  • Published in the field of science, technology, and culture.

Technology Reporter

New Scientist

January 2019 - Present (2 years 9 months)

New Scientist is a science and technology magazine, and the go-to site for breaking news, exclusive content and breakthroughs.

  • Researched and wrote multiple contents about technology and tech culture.
  • Examined copy for accuracy and checked all factual information, quotes, and statistics.
  • Interviewed news makers and taste makers on these subjects.
  • Contributed to breaking news coverage of major events.

Writer

Nature Custom Publishing/Springer Nature

December 2017 - Present (3 years 10 months)

Springer Nature publishes journals, databases, and online products and services across the life, physical and applied sciences, and clinical medicine.

  • Provided freelance editorial and writing services for the Nature Research. 
  • Published projects on science, technology, medical topics, and research summaries of complex scientific findings.

Science Writer & Communications Manager

The University of Queensland Brain Institute

May 2015 - August 2018 (3 years 3 months)

The Queensland Brain Institute is an Australian neuroscience research institute, located in Brisbane at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. 

  • Implemented major strategic campaigns and researched news coverage targeting mass national and international media.
  • Wrote and edited thought leadership pieces, content for speeches, and national print and online publications. 
  • Managed, mentored, and edited the work of contributors and communications interns.
  • Translated complex scientific and medical research into readily understandable communications for targeted and broad audiences. 

Managing Editor

npj Science of Learning Community

June 2016 - April 2018 (2 years 10 months)

npj Science of Learning is an interactive online community that brings together educators, policymakers, neuroscientists, and psychologists to understand learning. 

  • Led the partnership between leading academic publisher Springer Nature (publisher of Nature and related journals) and the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland.
  • Handled content strategy and oversaw all commissioned content, interviews, and editorial contributions to the site.
  • Solicited, commissioned and edited opinion pieces, analysis and research news.
  • Drove and implemented content distribution strategy across social media, SEO, ‘influencer’ contributors, cross-linking, content partnerships, and media.
  • Grew site audience and registered members.

Books & Literature Editor

Lip Magazine

October 2015 - October 2016 (1 year)

  • Commissioned and managed freelance and staff contributors.
  • Contributed feature articles, reviews, and interviews.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with publishers and publicists.
  • Sub-edited and proofread articles and managed social media accounts.
  • Oversaw content through CMS and distribution strategy.
  • Developed SEO strategy and analysis website traffic. 

Education

Graduate Certificate in Arts, Writing, Editing & Publishing

The University of Queensland

March 2014 - November 2014 (1 year 8 months)

  • Earned GPA: 7 (High Distinction).

Bachelor of Medical Studies, Medicine

The University of Queensland

March 2010 - November 2014 (5 years 8 months)

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient.             
  • Six-time Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement recipient.