I’m a science communicator and award-winning journalist with a PhD in evolutionary biology.
In terms of public engagement, I specialise in explaining scientific concepts that appear in popular culture. I’m free to act as a science consultant (I was an advisor on the superhero comic series Ordinary). My recent outreach projects include Geneticist Trumps, a Top Trumps-style card game for the Genetics Society that was sent to every secondary school in the UK.
As a Forbes contributor, I mainly cover health, nature and technology. I’m a biology columnist for BBC Wildlife magazine and write articles for various publications while finishing my second book. I’m available for freelance work.
My parents are from Mauritius, I was born in France and mostly grew-up in the UK. After studying biology at Imperial College London, I did a doctorate in molecular evolution and genetics at the University of Bath.
I spent several years at BBC Science Focus magazine, running the features section and writing about everything from gay genes and internet memes to the science of death and origin of life. As an editor, I commissioned over a hundred contributors, including accomplished academics and renowned writers. I also launched the critically-acclaimed iPad edition of Focus, and presented the magazine’s podcast.
During my career in science communication, I helped teach the Wellcome Trust Narrative Skills workshop, which enabled scientists to understand how to communicate their research to the media. I’ve also mentored journalism students and performed at Science Showoff comedy shows.
Most of my spare time is spent practising martial arts. I live in Bristol with two humans and a dog who thinks she’s human.