I'm a science and technology journalist who writes about how biology is shaping our future. Currently, I'm a staff writer at Future Human, a new publication by Medium's OneZero. I write about topics like gene editing, fertility technology, synthetic biology, neurotechnology, and genetic privacy. Recently, I've reported on the disastrous effects of CRISPR on human embryos, a dubious $1 million pay-to-play clinical trial to reverse aging, the comeback of "young blood" startup Ambrosia, and a DARPA program to make radiation-proof soldiers.
Previously, I served as the associate editor for biomedicine at MIT Technology Review. While at Tech Review, I won a Newsbrief Award from the D.C. Science Writers Association for my story about a menstrual cycle-on-a-chip. I was also a finalist for the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Print Journalism Award for my enterprising coverage of a U.S. doctor illegally marketing a "three-person IVF" business.
My stories have also appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The Baltimore Sun, among others.
I started my career as a reporter at the Baltimore Business Journal, where I followed the high-profile case of a Maryland cardiologist accused of implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients. I earned my bachelor's degree in journalism at Ohio University and a master's in science writing from Johns Hopkins, where I now teach as an adjunct. I hail from the scenic Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and live in Baltimore, Maryland.