Biological chemist, science writer and creative consultant Jovana J. Grbić, PhD is the founder and editor of ScriptPhD.com. ScriptPhD.com explores science and technology communication in popular culture vectors such as film, television, media and advertising. Consisting of writers and guest contributors from a spectrum of artistic and technical backgrounds, Jovana created and developed ScriptPhD.com to provide in-depth coverage through informative reviews, lectures, panels and conventions, original articles and personal interviews. Since its establishment in 2009, ScriptPhD.com has also burgeoned into a consulting business that creates smart science and technology content for a variety of clients and platforms.
With a growing science writing career, several film and TV scripts in development, along continuing to evolve science content on ScriptPhD.com, Jovana focuses on merging scientific expertise and creative vision into the media, advertising and entertainment industries.
After an internship studying cancer genomics at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Jovana pursued graduate studies at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, recently voted by Reuters as the top institution for graduate chemistry studies. Under the guidance of noted chemist Peter G. Schultz, she obtained a PhD in biological chemistry, with thesis research that included new insights into gastric cancer and the study of gene silencing, as well as the discovery of a potential drug target for acute myeloid leukemias. Jovana extended her scientific training with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in infectious diseases at the prestigious UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Jovana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Chemistry with honors. She pursued numerous subjects and extracurricular activities while an undergraduate, including music, writing, the humanities and theatre. She has also studied film and theatre in the south of France. While at Northwestern, she worked to spread science knowledge as the director of the Science Outreach Program in Education, primarily aimed at elementary school students in the Chicago area.
Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Jovana moved to the United States, when she was 7. She inherited an appreciation for the analytical from her father, an aeronautical engineer, and for the artistic from her mother, a linguist and recording artist. Jovana pursued classical violin studies through high school. Raised in Seattle, Washington, she is a loyal Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks fan, mostly to no avail. As a Chicago adoptee, Jovana is also a huge long-time fan of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks.