Rachel Bradford
Human, Scientist, Blogger
Resistance is Futile

If you'd like to contact me, you can do so at roachcutie at gmail dot com. You can also follow me on Twitter @FutileResistanc.

Rachel, the human
Compassionate, Spiritual, Fun

I grew up in Minnesota, but I have lived in several different states during my education and career development. Currently, I'm thrilled to be back in Minnesota with my family and friends. I count myself lucky to have so many special people in my life. 

I currently work in the healthcare field, and volunteer at a crisis hotline. I am very passionate about reducing stigma about mental illness and suicide. 

I also love outdoorsy stuff (camping, hiking, bike riding, etc.). I am currently training for a triathlon.

Rachel, the scientist
Detail-oriented, Innovating, Interdisciplinary

More than 10 years of biomedical laboratory research has convinced me of one thing: I'm passionate about science. I feel energized when I collect disparate ideas from journals, news, conferences, and colleagues and connect these ideas in new ways - thus leading to new collaborations and grant proposals. I have been awarded several grant proposals as reward for this creative energy. My varied laboratory experience in pathobiology, cancer, immunology, bone biology, and neurobiology uniquely prepare me for interdisciplinary work. Likewise, my training as a biomedical engineer taught me to communicate effectively with a variety of people who speak different lingos and value different goals, including medical doctors, biomedical scientists, engineers, teachers, and students. Even my hobby as a blogger has diversified my communication and networking skills. My varied laboratory skills set and research background would be a huge asset in research and development, and my interdisciplinary networking and communications skills distinguishes me from other candidates in a sales or marketing position for biomedical research products.

  • BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Minnesota (2002)
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (2010)
  • Post-doctoral work in the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair, at The Ohio Sate University (2012)

Rachel, the blogger
Provocative, Philosophical, Socially-aware
My passion is reading, but I've always wanted to be a writer as well. I hope this blog will be a good jumping-point for getting my thoughts out to the world. 

I read a lot of teen and middle school books, but I try to balance that with "literary fiction" and classics. I also read a variety of non-fiction, including popular science, history, and philosophy. Currently, I mostly feature mini-reviews of books, but this year I plan on including thoughts on current events, spirituality, and life in general. Specifically, this year I'm dedicating my personal studies to the New Testament and Jesus. I also intend on posting about my studies in theodicy, or The Problem of Evil. I hope that my posts will provoke thoughtful comments from readers. 

I plan on holding two awareness themes each year: The first is a Human Rights & Social Justice Awareness (February and March) and the second is a Suicide  & Mental Illness Awareness (September and October). 

Review Policy:

I love to accept books for review, but I have only a limited amount of time. I cannot accept everyone's books, so I generally follow the criteria below when accepting/requesting ARCs. 

  • My favorite genres are adventure, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and Christian Fiction.
  • I am more likely to accept YA books because they are lighter and faster - but I will consider adult books if I am specifically interested in the author or if they are light and fluffy.
  • I do NOT accept non-fiction at this time.
  • I do NOT accept independently published books at this time.
  • I do NOT accept books that aren't the first in a series, unless I have already read the earlier books. You can check what books I've read recently in my books by author tab.

I review every book that I finish, but if I am disliking a book I won't finish it and will not review it. My reviews will be honest. My reviews will be cross-posted on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, LibraryThing, Goodreads, and Shelfari.


I am a discussion leader for the American Christian Fiction Writer's Association book club

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