Dr. Bryn Nelson

Bryn Nelson, PhD, is an award-winning science and medical writer, the author of Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure (Grand Central Publishing), and a former microbiologist trained in bacterial biochemistry at the University of Washington.

As a science writer at Newsday from 2000 to 2007, Nelson wrote frequently about the Human Genome Project, gene therapy, stem cell research, conservation, global warming, ecology, and the West Nile virus. Among his awards, he won first place in the Association of Health Care Journalists Awards for “Saving Bobby,” a long-form feature about the race to save a toddler after his father accidentally ran over his head.

As a freelance writer, Nelson’s bylines have included features on national parks, conservation, and the green building industry for the New York Times. He has written extensively about Covid-19 for The Daily Beast and The British Medical Journal. He initiated the “Frontiers” column on scientific innovation at MSNBC.com (now part of NBCNews.com) and wrote multiple narratives for the online medical magazine Mosaic. He has also written for outlets such as Wired, Scientific American, CNN Travel, Nature, New Scientist, The Guardian, ENSIA, and bioGraphic.

Nelson also edited two chapters on microbiology and food safety for the bestselling six-volume Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (The Cooking Lab) and contributed a chapter to The Science Writers’ Handbook (Da Capo). He lives in Seattle.

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Dr. Bryn Nelson