I am writer and freelance science journalist, currently residing in Bristol, UK. I started working as a freelance science writer in 2000. I have since written news and features for a variety of specialist and general publications, including New Scientist, Nature, BBC Online, as well as for The Times, The Telegraph and The Independent in the UK.
Following a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Pest Management from Imperial College, I did not get the PhD I wanted to study ants. Instead, I worked my way to the Science Photo Library (SPL), a hotbed of creative sales and editorial work that further fired my imagination for all things scientific and artistic. After freelancing for five years whilst working at SPL, carving out a niche in covering the potential therapeutic benefits of prohibited drugs, I moved onto the prestigious science journal Nature where I was Web Editor and then Web Projects Editor. Subsequently, I went freelance full-time before joining UK life science science-funders BBSRC as Web Content Writer, a role that includes considerable work on video, multimedia and social media.
In addition to freelance for youris.com, as well as other outlets, I have also expanded my publishing repertoire to include comics, poetry, short stories, and other forms of scribble.