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Dr. Mara Bilibajkich
Founder
Dr. Mara graduated from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada and has been practicing family medicine for over 20 years.  In founding RxLeaf, Dr. Mara’s goal is to return power to the people, educate media on cannabis medicine, and provide vetted research-based information to the public.
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Jennifer Grant
Editor in Chief

Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors Biological Science degree, majoring in the biomedical field. She has been employed as a professional writer for almost two decades, previously working with Get Leashed Magazine and ARC Institute. Jennifer has also been a science and math teacher with the SCCDSB and TDSB.

 

 

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Emily Robertson
Managing Editor

Emily Robertson has been employed as a professional writer since 2011. She holds a master’s degree in literature and gender studies.  Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

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Christine Kielhorn PhD
Contributor

Christine Kielhorn is a biomedical engineer with a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a freelance technical writer and researcher specializing in the medical field, particularly in pharmaceutical applications and medical devices.

Dragana Komnenov PhD

I am an assistant professor at Wayne State Medical School in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. I obtained my doctoral degree from the University of Windsor in the area of thrombosis, fibrinolysis and hemostasis. After that, I completed postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State Medical School in the area of sleep medicine, with the focus on sleep apnea. My areas of current research interest are central nervous system control of blood pressure and renal regulation. In particular, I am interested in delineating processes that are affected in hypertension and how these processes relate to the activity of renal nerve and renal function in the context of both systemic and renal hemodynamics.

Matt Weeks
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Matt Weeks is a writer living and working in Athens, GA. His work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, websites and professional journals. When he’s not in front of a computer, Matt plays in bands, hosts bar trivia, and drinks too much coffee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in public administration.

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Randy Robinson
Contributor

As someone who wanted to know everything but couldn’t decide on anything, Randy studied English and world history before returning to school to complete a third degree in molecular biology under cannabinoid scientist Dr. Robert Melamede. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Branna Zagorac
Contributor

Branna was born in Eastern Europe, graduated Daytona State College in Florida, Associate in Arts and Science .Also been on the Dean’s list in college for the academic achievement (very high GPA). Worked as a science tutor on campus. Then, moved to Windsor, Canada (for the boyfriend, later husband), graduated from University of Windsor, with Honors in Biology and Biotechnology. Also did Clinical Research Associate certificate. Then had a little baby boy and started working in the cardiovascular research for 4 years on various projects. Then had twins (boy and a girl), and switched gears in research, working in neuroscience on TBI (traumatic brain injury) , drugs of abuse, microbiome projects. Love being in nature, all outdoor activities and great cup of coffee. Enjoy cooking, especially food from the back home-cevapi, cabbage rolls, soups and stews (getting kids to eat it is a little bit of a different story). Workout crazy (got it from the fitness fanatic sister). Don’t like being perfectionist and workaholic.

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Nicholas Demski
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Nicholas is a writer for: Rxleaf, Terpenes and Testing Magazine, CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, Extraction Magazine, and Cannabis Compliance and Packaging Magazine. His work has also appeared in Reader's Digest, The Weed Blog, Green Flower, PotGuide, South China Morning Post. You can follow him on IG @TheSingleDadNomad or contact him through email. 

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Jessica McKiel
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Jessica McKeil is a cannabis writer focused on the medical cannabis industry, from production methods to medicinal applications. She is passionate about presenting the science and technology behind cannabis to society at large.

Sarah Hayes

Sarah is an American expat living in Spain with her husband and little doggie. She comes from a performing arts and teaching background with a degree from the University of London. For the past 3 years Sarah has worked in and written about the legal cannabis industry both in Spain and the US. She cares about sharing her passion for cannabis, yoga, healthy lifestyles, counterculture and travel trough writing and social media.

Francis Cassidy

Francis is an Irish freelance writer now living in British Columbia, Canada. He writes on a variety of topics with a special interest in cannabis and its mindful reintegration back into global culture. When not writing he can be found exploring and photographing the landscapes of British Columbia. For more of his work, check out his blog: www.thestrayphotographer.com

Philip Ghezelbash
Grower

Philip Ghezelbash is an ex-personal trainer with a science background who currently operates New Zealand's only health specialized writing studio. He is passionate about presenting complex science in an easy to digest manner and is a firm believer that cannabis has substantial potential to be used as a medicine for degenerative disease.

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Craig Conkel
Grower

Born and raised in Arizona, Craig worked in construction, as an EMT, then a medic on fishing boats traveling from US to Siberia. He graduated from the University of Alaska with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts before working as head chef on oil rigs in the Arctic Ocean. Today, Craig lives happily in Oregon, growing CBD medical grade cannabis. He has an Oregon Grower’s Cannabis Permit, Medical Patient Card, and OLCC permit to carry cannabis across state lines. Craig is a consultant grower for RxLeaf and ready to answer any of your grow questions.

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