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Celia Ford


I recently graduated with my PhD in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley, where I studied how our brains enable us to internalize our external world and adapt to change. Last year, I was an early-career science writing fellow at The Open Notebook, where I had the meta experience of communicating about science communication. I’ve also written for the Berkeley Science Review and Massive Science, and produced and co-hosted podcasts for Carry the One Radio and NeuroCinema. In a past life, I was an alt-rock DJ named Cat at 95.5 WBRU FM.

I can be convinced to find nearly anything fascinating–glacial striations? Chytridiomycosis? Spikeball? I’m in. But I’ll always have a special soft spot for brains, and I’m especially curious about how our brains will be shaped by the future we’re careening towards. I am thrilled to write for WIRED this summer (long-time fan, first-time contributor)! When I’m not writing, you’ll find me pole dancing, playing bass somewhere in San Francisco, or getting too invested in a reality dating show.


Celia looks over her shoulder at the camera. She has long, wavy hair dyed pink, purple, and blue. On her arm, she has a tattoo of a pyramidal cell with a dancing figure embedded in the axon.
Photo Credit: Celia Ford

UC Berkeley

Fellowship Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship Host: WIRED