I'm a freelance science writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. My stories have appeared in Scientific American, NPR, Nature, Quanta, Alzheimer Research Forum, Cancer Discovery and elsewhere. I cover biomedicine, particularly neuroscience and immunology, but have also written about thunderstorms, pink sea slugs and mathematicians. I've dished out news briefs (especially if they pay for my chocolate), delved into insect eating and crafted long-form narrative about a scientist-activist. I spent five and a half years reporting on neurodegenerative brain disorders to a mostly professional readership. I also write for kids!
My science writing adventure began in 2003 when I traded in my lab coat for laptop and pen by way of the UC Santa Cruz science communication program. Before that, I earned a BS in biological sciences (Stanford) and a PhD in immunology (Harvard).
My Science News cover feature on cell-surface sugars that help tumors hide from the immune system won the 2018 Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism, magazine category.
Follow me on Twitter @elandhuis.