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Claire Benjamin

Claire Benjamin

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Contact

Office: 1117 IGB
Telephone: 217-244-0941
Email: claire@illinois.edu

About 

Claire Benjamin is a communications coordinator for five multi-million-dollar research projects in the Long Lab that are developing technologies to feed and fuel this century’s growing population despite a changing climate. She began her career as a science writer at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology where she wrote about DNA debunking war elephant myths, horrifying human parasites that burrow through our skin, and animal models paving the way for life-saving medical devices. Her stories have been picked up by the New York Times, CNN, Wired, Smithsonian Magazine, and others. Claire earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a master’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois.

Research Projects

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE)
Plants Engineered to Replace Oil with Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS)
Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform (MEPP)
Water Efficient Sorghum Technologies (WEST)

Education

Master of Advertising
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013-2017)

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010-2013)

Professional Experience

Communications Coordinator, RIPE | PETROSS | TERRA-MEPP | WEST | ROGUE
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015 – Present)

Media Communications Specialist, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomics Biology
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (2013 – 2015)

The LongLab is supported by many public and private partnerships, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, the UK Government's Department for International Development, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

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