Amy Rogers, MD, PhD

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Amy Rogers is a scientist, writer, educator, and community leader. After growing up in rural Minnesota, Amy pursued a career in medical research with an undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University followed by a combined MD/PhD program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her PhD studies in immunology asked questions about how a mother’s immune system tolerates the presence of an unborn child.

After moving to Sacramento with her husband Jason (UC Davis Medical Center faculty), she taught microbiology and molecular biology at Sac State. Inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton, she started writing science-themed thriller fiction. Eventually Amy launched a small publishing company, published 3 novels of her own and developed the work of many other authors through her editing and publishing services. Her science journalism as a monthly columnist for INSIDE Sacramento led to her one nonfiction book, SCIENCE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. During the pandemic, many people relied on her blog posts and Zoom speaking engagements for sensible information about COVID-19.

Amy’s two children attended St. Ignatius Loyola Parish School and her son graduated from JHS in 2019. She is passionate about Ignatian spirituality and has taken the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life. She has provided leadership in school fundraising, parish pastoral council, and chaired the parish Family Festival. In recognition of her many areas of service to the St. Ignatius Parish community, Amy received the Magis Award. She is a full member of International Thriller Writers and long-term treasurer of Northern California Publishers and Authors.