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 now 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:

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

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

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

I'm a co-author of DNA: The Secret of Life, with Jim Watson and Andrew Berry, coming out May 2017 (Knopf).

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

Since May 2013, I've been 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'm represented by Jen Gates at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth 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.

  • Work
    • VP Business Development, American Chemical Society
  • Education
    • MA (Oxford), PhD (London)