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Kristen Elise, Ph.D. is a professional drug discovery biologist whose biomedical research pursuits have ranged from infectious diseases through oncology and immunology.  She currently works for a small biotechnology company discovering cancer drugs.  When not working and writing novels, she is an avid traveler, dog lover, former heavy metal lead guitarist, and the wife of a Christian Palestinian.

The Vesuvius Isotope protagonist Katrina Stone shares many of these areas of expertise, and for those she does not share, there is always another character.  Please feel free to ask Katrina about anything she might know, from science to successfully navigating Egypt as a solo American female.

To ask Katrina a question, e-mail Please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Please no anonymous e-mails (but don’t worry - Katrina won’t spam YOU, either)
  • Please do not include attachments 
  • Katrina cannot answer questions about specific pharmaceutical companies or real projects
  • Please try to avoid questions that are vague or too broad in scope; these are difficult to answer succinctly 
Your question and answer will be posted as a blog post on the home page and labeled "Ask Katrina" so you and others can find it later.