Gina Mantica

Scientist | Science Communicator

About me

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Image courtesy of Alex Van Thong

Hi! I’m Gina. I’m currently a PhD Candidate in Biology at Tufts University studying how the basal ganglia, a part of the brain important for the coordination of movement, affects behavioral variability in zebra finches. This research will help us better understand basal ganglia disorders like Parkinson’s disease that result in abnormal motor variabilities.


I am passionate about providing easily-digestible science news to broad audiences through both written and digital communications. I currently serve as a Contributing Writer for Outside JEB and a Public Relations Intern with TuftsNow. My popular science articles have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Science, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and more.

This summer, I’m excited to be a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Dallas Morning News!

After graduation, I intend to pursue a career that combines my scientific knowledge with my passion for science writing, public relations, and communications. Outside of work, I enjoy dancing, discovering new flavors of ice cream, and listening to Taylor Swift.


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All header images courtesy of Jim Bendon.