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.
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.
“The lost girls”: 1st place, Trade; The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism 2015; official selection, “2016 Best American Science & Nature Writing anthology”; included in this Columbia Journalism Review list of the six best pieces of science journalism of 2015.
“How shock therapy is saving some children with autism“: 1st place, Consumer/Feature (small); The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism 2016
“The brain that wasn’t supposed to heal“: Best Health & Fitness article 2017; American Society of Journalists and Authors