I am a freelance science journalist with more than a decade of experience writing and editing stories for popular and specialty magazines. My work is published in the New Yorker, Wired, New York Times, Medium, Discover, Popular Science, Self, Scientific American, New York, The Atlantic, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, AARP, Science, and elsewhere. Previously I was the science editor for Newsweek.


My stories span the most technical areas of biomedicine to the most pressing socioeconomic issues driving health. I've also covered technology, parenting, the search for life elsewhere in the solar system, risk taking, and more. I have reported from across the globe and across the country, with a dedication to finding the human story inside every science story. 


My features have addressed the severe challenges faced by caregivers for people living with Alzheimer's disease in rural America, the U.S. opioid epidemic as seen through the eyes of a brother and sister in small-town Indiana, the confusing (and surprising) history of male circumcision, the fight between the science and stigma of HIV and its consequences on the life of a prisoner in Idaho, and the continent left behind in the genomics revolution. I've interviewed Oprah Winfrey about her toughest movie role, Alan Alda about the secret to good communication, an Iraqi princess fighting for women in science, and billionaire David Murdock about eating banana peels. A full list of my stories published by Newsweek is available here.

My first book, "The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Genetic Mystery, a Lethal Cancer, and the Improbable Invention of a Life-Saving Treatment," published in 2013, was named a top-ten nonfiction book by the Wall Street Journal and has been translated into Japanese. Read more about the book along with reviews here. I have been an invited speaker across the U.S. and internationally at universities and public venues.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, with my family.


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At the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Photo by Eva Gilliam.