Public Speaker, Author, and Publisher in Washington, DC


Public Speaker, Author, and Publisher in Washington, DC

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I've spent 25 years in science publishing as an editor, author, and publisher. I'm the founding editor of Nature Genetics and Bio-IT World; and former Editor-in-Chief at Cell Press.

I'm the author of three books:

THE $1,000 GENOME(Free Press, 2010) -- the revolution in next-gen sequencing and personal genomics.

CRACKING THE GENOME (2000) -- published in the UK as THE SEQUENCE and translated into 15 languages; and

BREAKTHROUGH (1995, co-authored with Michael White); the race to discover the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.

I'm also a co-author of DNA: The Story of the Genetics Revolution, with Nobel laureate Jim Watson and Andrew Berry, (May 2017, Knopf).

I served as the genetics consultant on the 2014 film Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton. (I'm in the credits, right under Aaron Paul's guitar coach.)

Most recently I served as Vice President of Business Development at the American Chemical Society -- the world's largest scientific society -- and Publisher of C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News). I spearheaded the launch of two open-access journals and helped conceive a chemistry preprint server (ChemRxiv).

I'm represented by Jen Gates at Aevitas Creative and for speaking engagements by the Harry Walker Agency.

A video of one of my lectures on the $1,000 Genome (February 2014) is here. I also spoke at the April 2013 NIH symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project: that video is here.

  • Education
    • MA (Oxford), PhD (London)