I work at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT on a scientific project that aims to make human genomics accessible and useful to many people inside and outside the biomedical research community. My team’s proximate goal is to create user-friendly web portals that serve as guides to large genomic datasets. Our ultimate goal is to spur the use of human genetics in biology and medicine across many diseases and traits. I am the team’s creative lead.
I spent the first 16 years of my career as a journalist covering medicine, science, and academia, primarily as an award-winning writer and editor at Newsweek (sample clips here, here, and here) and a reporter at the Boston Globe (here, here, and here). I also edited, wrote, and reported for Nature (here, here), Scientific American (here), and The Economist (here, here); worked in national public radio and television; co-authored or contributed to four books; reported from Ground Zero on 9/11; and hung out with GZA.
During the 2010-11 academic year, I was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and spent most of my fellowship studying complex-trait genetics at the Broad and Harvard Medical School under David Altshuler. For undergrad, I went to Duke, with majors in biological anthropology and public policy.