I’m a science journalist. I write and edit articles on a wide range of topics, but I’m particularly drawn to infectious diseases, the brain, public health and policy. My work has appeared in The New Yorker online, Popular Science, Slate, Nature, Scientific American, Discover Magazine and others.
I specialize in putting together magazine packages on topics ranging from AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease to psychiatry and scientific fraud.
What I do less often these days, but revel in, is writing features on offbeat stories in far-flung locales: from a ‘Fablab’ in South Africa that’s turning housewives into inventors, to a neuroscientist who’s teaching blind Indian children to ‘see’ and the peer review revolution online.
I’m also an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s school of journalism, and founding editor and editor-in-chief of the autism news site Spectrum. With my colleague Nidhi Subbaraman, I launched Culture Dish, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing diversity in science journalism.
I am a member of the National Association of Science Writers, where I lead the diversity committee, and a founding member of Purdue University’s Science Journalism Laureates Program. I live in Brooklyn with my husband Josh Easdon, a squash pro and documentary filmmaker, and our two children.