The goal of the LGM Scientific Editing Service is to provide LGM faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students with input—at the levels of science, writing, and visualization—that will enhance the success of their grant applications and research articles.

The Scientific Editor can help with:

  1. Research strategy – Technical review to highlight any issues that are likely to be flagged by reviewers. Critically evaluate research aims and their significance.
  2. Science communication – Developmental review to improve communication of research proposals and findings. Edit written documents and illustrations to strengthen key arguments and convey ideas more clearly.

This service is dedicated to Washington University LGM faculty, provided by the Division at no additional cost.

To request a consultation, click the button below or e-mail Dr. Kevin Blake:

Editing and illustration services
  • Substantively edit grant and fellowship proposals, manuscripts, and other documents
  • Design illustrations, such as graphical abstracts, experimental workflows, and presentation visuals
  • Provide suggestions to improve clarity, organization, logical flow, and highlighting of significance
About the Scientific Editor

Dr. Kevin Blake became the Scientific Editor for the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in 2024. His goal to pair clear and concise writing with engaging visuals to effectively communicate scientific research. He takes tremendous satisfaction in helping early-career investigators, especially assistant professors and trainees, succeed in their grant proposals and research articles.

Kevin received his B.A. in Biology and English Creative Writing (double major) from Hartwick College, and his Ph.D. in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. His doctoral dissertation, under the mentorship of Dr. Gautam Dantas, was titled: “Antibiotic resistance at sequence, population, and global scales.”

Request a consultation

For assistance editing grant and fellowship proposals, manuscripts, and other documents, contact:

Kevin Blake, PhD
Scientific Editor, Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine | (314) 362-1258
West Building Room #3707F

Download LGM Scientific Editing Service Guidelines (PDF)