I am a freelance science journalist and author. I work as a consultant at New Scientist, and write a blog about sex and gender for Forbes.com. My work has been published in New Scientist, Nature, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Daily Mail and more. My book UNTHINKABLE - An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains is out now.
For eight years I was an editor and reporter at New Scientist. During that time I had coffee with five psychopathic mass murderers in Broadmoor, interviewed a man who thought he was dead, revealed plans for the world's first head transplant, learned how to rule at roulette, scrubbed up for a cutting-edge prostate cancer operation, and watched a paralysed man walk for the first time using a mind-controlled exoskeleton.
In 2015, I won Best Staff Journalist at the Medical Journalist Association awards, for my articles on sequencing newborn babies, the experimental use of blood transfusions to combat dementia and a surgeon working towards a human head transplant. In 2014, I was shortlisted as Best Science and Technology Journalist in the British Journalism Awards. In 2010, I won Best Newcomer at the Association for British Science Writers Awards.
I have a BSc in Neuroscience and a MSc in Science Communication. I particularly love writing about the brain, especially those that don't look like everyone else's. I am also interested in the human body, behaviour, medicine, fertility, society, microbiology, psychology, technology, wearables, food, textiles and the environment.
This website contains a selection of my favourite stories.
You can find a more extensive portfolio here. And feel free to contact me here.