I’m an award-winning science journalist. I often write about infectious diseases, the brain, public health and policy. My work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, Slate, Nature, Scientific American and others.
I specialize in writing narrative features, and in putting together magazine packages on topics ranging from AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease to psychiatry and scientific fraud.
I revel in telling stories about complex science through the lives of people directly affected by it. I also love reporting 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.
My article, “The Lost Girls”, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Best American Science & Nature Writing anthology. It also won 1st place in its category in The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, and was included in this Columbia Journalism Review list of the six best pieces of science journalism of 2015.
I am 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. For four years, I also served as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Science Health and Environmental Reporting Program.
I am a member of the National Association of Science Writers, where I created the diversity committee, and a member of the program committee for the 2016 World Conference of Science Journalists. I am also founding member of Purdue University’s Science Journalism Laureates Program.