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Justin Chen

2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Developmental Biology
Fellowship Sponsor: American Physiological Society
Fellowship Site: STAT

I recently completed my PhD in the MIT Department of Biology where I used frog embryos to model human craniofacial development. I am currently pursuing a career in science communication and am excited for this upcoming summer when I will be writing for STAT as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. In the past, I have worked with multiple organizations at MIT including MIT News, the Biology Department, and the Convergence Idea Challenge. I particularly enjoy writing profiles about scientists that highlight their personality and explore how they find meaning in the world. In my spare time, I am usually running along the Charles river, reading novels, or napping.

Fellowship publications at STAT

6/20/2018          Muscle and fat loss may offer clues to pancreatic cancer’s deadly ways

6/21/2018          How can Atul Gawande help reinvent health care with his new company? These people have some ideas

6/25/2018          With new advances, scientists and drug makers reach for ‘holy grail’ of diabetes treatment

6/26/2018          Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers. But do cities want to know what lies below?

7/06/2018          In the age of mail-order DNA, a firm seeks to increase safety without slowing progress

7/11/2018          Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?

7/16/2018          Sonic hedgehog and Beethoven: an oral history of how some genes got their names

7/24/2018          Adherence to PrEP, the HIV prevention drug, is low. A new study suggests a pill with a tiny sensor might help

7/26/2018          For life’s big questions, Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns try a scientific approach

8/01/2018          Scientists, using new method, coax bioengineered lungs to survive for prolonged period in pigs

8/08/2018          Study describing genetic instability in cancer cell lines is a ‘wake-up call’ for scientists, drug developers

8/13/2018          In lofty quest to map human memories, a scientist journeys deep into the mind of a worm