About The Founders
We, Karin Coleman-Mesches and Michael Mesches, founded SciTechEdit International LLC in 1997 in response to the rapidly growing global need for clear science communication. As graduate students in the laboratory of National Academy of Science member Professor James L. McGaugh, we were fortunate to work with scientists from many countries around the world, and developed deep and lasting friendships. This opportunity exposed us to the difficulties non-native English-speaking scientists experience when submitting manuscripts to English-language science journals. As we continued in our careers as postdocs and began reviewing grants and manuscripts, and working with other non-native English-speaking scientists, we recognized the need for knowledgeable science editing by native English-speaking scientists. Since founding SciTechEdit International, we have edited and supervised the editing of scientific communications, including manuscripts, grants, letters, and posters, for thousands of scientists in over 65 countries.
Our philosophy is that creating and maintaining genuine relationships with our clients will provide us with a deeper understanding of their unique needs, allowing us to provide the highest level of personalized service.
I received my RN from Beth-El College of Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A keen interest in the brain led me to pursue my PhD in Psychobiology under Professor James L. McGaugh at the Center for Learning and Memory, University of California, Irvine. As a research scientist, I studied differential involvement of the left and right amygdala in learning and memory, neuroanatomy, and animal behavior. I wrote several successful grants, receiving funding from the National Science Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Mental Health.
My exposure to world-renowned scientists at the University of California, Irvine, and the research discussions that proceeded made my 4 years of graduate school one of the highlights of my life. Thought-provoking conversations and interactions remain my passion. After two postdoc fellowships, I left active research to start SciTechEdit International and raise my four amazing children. Working with scientists from around the world to facilitate communication of their science to others is incredibly stimulating and a great privilege. The relationships I have forged with my clients are important to me. My interests include travel, reading, writing, drawing, yoga, martial arts, and running. Integral consciousness has recently become an interest and I am excited to apply these principles to all aspects of my life, including SciTechEdit International.
I have been passionate about science for as long as I can remember. Although I grew up thinking I would be a surgeon, it was an introductory biology class at the University of California (UC), San Diego where I really caught fire learning about color vision. As an undergraduate, I jumped at the opportunity to study learning and memory with Dr. Stuart Zola. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego, and pursued doctoral studies in learning and memory at UC Irvine, in the laboratory of Dr. James L. McGaugh. There, I studied the release of norepinephrine in the amygdala during learning and published one of the first papers demonstrating that norepinephrine could be measured by microdialysis in awake behaving rats. I met my wife, Karin, at UC Irvine and began a long and fruitful collaboration with her. Karin and I started a series of postdocs, first in neuroanatomy with Dr. David G. Amaral at SUNY Stonybrook, and then studying the effects of stress on learning and memory with Dr. Greg Rose and Dr. David Diamond at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. At this time, Karin started SciTechEdit International while I continued to work with Dr. Paula Bickford studying the neurobiology of learning and memory in aging using neurophysiologic techniques and continuing my work in animal behavior.
SciTechEdit International was growing at a robust pace and after a few years it was clear that I could not continue to both pursue a career in science and work at SciTechEdit International. I chose to continue working with Karin to further our mission of facilitating the communication of science internationally. In 2008, I rejoined the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus to work part-time as the Director of the Animal Behavior Core for the Center for NeuroScience. As the director, I enjoy collaborating with colleagues and teaching them how to utilize animal behavior to further their science.
Outside of SciTechEdit International, I enjoy being active. My favorite activity is walking with my wife, a habit we began in graduate school that has resulted in fantastic conversations and thousands of miles walked. I also enjoy playing tennis and practicing martial arts.