where I've been & what I've done


Esther Landhuis

San Francisco Bay Area writer specializing in biomedicine — lab discoveries, clinical trials, biotech, healthcare — for audiences of all ages

Audience. Writes for lay public, experts, kids/teens

Breadth. News, profiles, Q&As, primers, features, conference reports

Balance. Selects diverse sources and carefully weighs competing views

Exploring. Data journalism, coding, web design


Freelance — Science & Health Journalist 


Clients include Scientific American, Nature, Medscape, Undark, Quanta, Science News, Science News for Students and other national/global outlets. View SELECTED CLIPS.

Alzforum — Staff Reporter

MAY 2008 - DECEMBER 2013

Wrote weekly stories about research papers and conference sessions on brain aging and neurodegenerative disease.

Freelance — Manuscript editor

JUNE 2006 - FEBRUARY 2007

Edited manuscripts for submission to scientific and medical journals.

San Jose Mercury News — Science Reporting Intern

JUNE 2004 - JUNE 2005

Reported and wrote science, health and general news for major Silicon Valley newspaper.


University of California, Santa CruzGraduate Certificate in Science Writing

SEPTEMBER 2003 - JUNE 2004

Supported by ARCS Foundation scholarship. Included internships at Santa Cruz Sentinel and Stanford News Service.

Harvard UniversityPh.D. in Immunology


Thesis: Identification and characterization of regulatory elements in Ikaros, a gene controlling immune cell development and activity

Stanford UniversityB.S. in Biological Sciences

SEPTEMBER 1992 - JUNE 1996

Completed undergraduate honors thesis, served as teaching assistant for core biology lab course. 


Magazine category winner, AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism (2018). Cancer's Sweet Cloak: Sugars on cell surfaces help tumors hide from the immune system (Science News cover feature).

Selected participant, AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research (2021)

Selected recipient, AHCJ California Health Journalism Fellowship (2019)


National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA)

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)