science writing & editing

Recent Writing and 2019 Annual Report for the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart

I’ve spent a substantial amount of coronavirus-enforced home office worktime writing, editing, managing translations, etc., for the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart’s latest annual report, which I’m now pleased to be able to share. You can find links below to several new articles I wrote for the report, along with some other recent pieces. Check them […]

HLRS Annual Report 2018

At work, I recently completed publication of the 2018 annual report for the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart. As editor I did the majority of the conception, writing and editing, though was grateful for valuable contributions from my colleagues. The 72-page document is written for nonspecialists and surveys highlights from around HLRS over the previous year. […]

Research Highlights Brochure

Here are some quick shots of a brochure I recently assembled for the Columbia University Department of Systems Biology. It compiles writing I did for them in 2014, including coverage of key papers and interviews with two faculty members. In addition to the writing, I also did the layout in InDesign. I’m very happy to […]

Semi-Rational Genome Engineering

I recently had a chance to interview Harris Wang, a young researcher at Columbia University who is doing some very exciting work in synthetic biology. He recently published a new method called (MO)-MAGE, which makes it possible to deliver large numbers of targeted mutations in E. coli simultaneously. The implications are quite fascinating, both in terms […]

Mapping Human B Cell Development Using Single-Cell Technologies

Last week I reported on a very interesting paper published researchers at Columbia University and Stanford University. Here’s the opening. Follow the link below to read the full article. In a new paper published in the journal Cell, a team of researchers led by Dana Pe’er at Columbia University and Garry Nolan at Stanford University describes a powerful […]

An Interview with Saeed Tavazoie

I recently had a chance to speak with Saeed Tavazoie, a professor of systems biology at Columbia University, about his work. He gave a very cogent overview of his perspective on the future of biological research, and some really fascinating projects that his lab has been working on. Here is a short snippet, but I’d […]

Imaging Synapses

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to attend a symposium organized by the Columbia Genome Center’s facility for high-throughput screening. One of the speakers was Clarissa Waites, an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center. I just posted an article based on her very interesting presentation, which focused on her efforts to use […]

The Data Know

Another sign of the hidden untapped powers of the web surfaced last week. The New York Times reported that Google is developing methods of analyzing search data to track regional outbreaks of the flu. From the Times: There is a new common symptom of the flu, in addition to the usual aches, coughs, fevers and […]