Bachelor in Biology, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1990. Master of Arts in Communication and Journalism, Stanford University, California, 1991.
Communications manager Aetna Inc., Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, since 2000. Publications director University Maryland, Baltimore, 1998—1999. Assistant director public affairs Johns Hopkins Children's Center, 1997—1998.
Press officer, writer National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, 1991—1994. Associate news editor Journal National Cancer Institute, 1992. Freelance writer and editor Fairfax, Vermont, since 1999.
Member of District of Columbia Science Writers Association, National Association Science Writers, Phi Beta Kappa.
Daughter of Stewart William Volkers and Carolyn Ruth Sparks, Dorothy Mae Wilson (Stepmother). Married Matthew Allan Taylor, 2000 (divorced 2012). Two daughters.