I’m a freelance science writer and editor with more than a decade of experience, specializing in biology, health and medicine. My work has appeared in Scientific American, BBC Future, MIT Technology Review, Nature, and numerous other publications. I’m also a contributing editor at The Scientist. In the past, I’ve spent time on staff as news editor at The Scientist and as a biomedical reporter at Nature. I’m equally adept at explaining the latest technological advancements in genomics and covering a heated debate in a meeting of the Lettuce Board in a small California farming town. I have a special fondness for stories that reflect the complexities of how researchers go about their work.
In addition to my journalistic work, I also do writing, research and editing projects for foundations and institutions. My clients in this area include the New York Academy of Sciences, the Simons Foundation, and the Kavli Foundation.
In a past life, I did my doctorate on mammalian brain development — rat whiskers, to be specific — at Oxford University. I was reborn as a science writer with the help of the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. These days, I live in western Massachusetts with my husband and son. I’m a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Healthcare Journalists.
Please check back in early January 2014, when I’ll finally launch a real website. UPDATE(Jan 19, 2014): Ahh, bugger, It was a busy month, so I won’t get to that until February. Meanwhile, contact me at akatsnelson AT gmail DOT com.