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About Me

I'm a staff reporter at The New York Times covering chronic and infectious diseases and other aspects of personal health.

Before joining The Times, I spent several years as a freelance writer and editor. My writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, Scientific American, Scholastic News and other publications. As an editor, I helped produce newsletters for Spectrum (now The Transmitter), organized digital operations for a doctors-only offshoot of Everyday Health, and served as the head of news at Genome Magazine.

I grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas in Pakistan, received a
degree in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego, and worked as a scientific researcher at Scripps Research, before doing a stint at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, where I studied the mechanisms behind cellular memories. 

I moved to New York to get an advanced degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP). And I was awarded a fellowship at The Open Notebook in 2019.

When I'm not planning my next big trip, I enjoy running and experimenting with green smoothies.​


Featured Work

Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to Perception

Scientific American

You Too Can Alter Your Food’s DNA at This Community Lab in Fort Greene

Edible Brooklyn

This Is How Scientists Decide What Goes In Your Flu Shot


The Science That Could Make You Crave Broccoli More Than Chocolate

The Atlantic

Oceanography: The Offshore Wind Energy Boom


Finally, You Can See Dinosaurs in All Their Feathered Glory

National Geographic


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