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My name is Valerie Bentivegna. That’s an anagram for Inevitable Avenger. If you’d ask me to describe myself in three words (not that you did), I’d say: tall, nerdy and clumsy; not necessarily in that order. I translate seemingly complicated science subjects into something interesting and easy to understand by developing new, exciting and creative ways to inform, educate and engage non-scientists and the sci-curious of any age.

You can find me on the usual social media channels, including Twitter and LinkedIn.

In case you didn’t know yet, science is fun(ny)! I write humorous songs about science and academic life and have performed in science communication competitions such as FameLab and Science Slam. I have toured the world (not really) with Bruno, the blue ukelele. Check out some of my comedy sets below (disclaimer: may contain some adult language and/or topics) or find out more about my comedy here.

Watch my “Closet Recordings” (recordings of random songs in my closet during the pandemic) on my Youtube Channel.

  • Organizer and host of the monthly Geeky Open Mic at Wayward Coffee House in Seattle (first edition in November 2019).
  • Producer and performer at GEEK OUT! (November 2019).
  • GeekGirlCon 2019 Organizer: Make ’em Laugh (science comedy workshop), and The Dark Side of Research (variety comedy show).
  • The Dark Side of Research at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018:
    Dumb Ways to Die, I am a Nerd and the PhD Medley.
  • BrightClub performances: Songs from the Gut and Do I have the Guts?

Comedy writing:

I write about cool science, both in a professional capacity and for my personal blog, and sometimes for other freelance projects.

Writing and copyediting experience

  • Science and Medical Writer for Cognition Studio, Inc.
  • Co-author of Inking Science, an art-meets-science book highlighting the lives of inspirational scientists, engineers, and innovators.
  • Blogger for Decafino, a Seattle-based startup company that is changing decaffeination.
  • Occasional scriptwriter for Physics Girl.
  • I’m chair of the Communication Workgroup of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), supervising a team of volunteers in creating the MCAA newsletter, blog, social media content and outreach activities. One of my roles is as lead editor of the MCAA Blog, for which I occasionally also produce content.
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With my broad scientific background in bio-engineering, I can gather information from most STEM fields and distill the core message. I aim to be a master-of-all-trades, with an insatiable curiosity to learn more. In the last two years, I’ve worked as a research associate at a chemical engineering start-up company, and more recently, I worked as a consultant for a biotechnology company in the Seattle area.

Learn more about my work as a bioengineer in this video (suitable for all ages):


  • PhD in Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, looking at the biomechanical properties of cells and tissues, and how these change during cancer.
  • MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, with a final project looking at the potential of gadolinium nanoparticles for the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors.
  • BSc in Bioengineering.
Header image: Teaching

Finding new ways to inspire the next generation of scientists, innovators, creators, and engineers is very… inspiring! I’ve worked as an informal educator in different capacities, both as a volunteer during my PhD as on contracted jobs.

Informal Education Experience

  • Teaching LEGO Engineering and LEGO Robotics to elementary and middle school students.
  • Working at a science summer camp as operations lead: supervising day-to-day activities, supporting teachers, communicating with parents, etc. In 2020, I helped test out virtual camps and write virtual camp curriculum.
  • Workshop leader at a CyberSecurity Bootcamp
  • Organizing panels at MCAA general assemblies and GeekGirlCon 2019 (The Science of SciFi panel together with MCAA and Seattle 500 Women Scientists)
  • Organizing public lectures on the Science of SciFi

Watch my #ScienceComedy here:

One thought on “Home/About me

  1. Hi Valerie,

    I am interested in having you perform at our virtual New Years party for the Association for Women in science San Diego – what are your rates? Thank you!

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