Author Biography

Leslie Mertz

Leslie Mertz ( is a freelance science, medical, and technical writer, author, and educator living in northern Michigan.

Author Articles

Light Plus Sound

In just a decade, optoacoustic or photoacoustic imaging has become one of the fastest growing areas of biomedical technology, exploding from just a handful of research groups in the late 1990s to more than 400 dedicated scientists and engineers today. Much of the expansion has

Why Space?

To do experiments in space, scientists must carefully think out and prepare their experiments long ahead of time, wait for an available launch window to get their projects up to the laboratories on the International Space Station, , rely in some cases on the expertise of the astronauts to carry out the experiments correctly, and then wait for their results to be transmitted or physically transported back to Earth

The View from Space

Want the real scoop on doing research in space? Ask someone who’s been there. Joe Kerwin and Jerry Linenger spent time with us to provide a unique and candid look at space-based biomedical research