About me

I am a scientist, writer and campaigner based in Berlin, and author of Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old. After a PhD in physics from the University of Oxford, I decided that ageing was the single most important scientific challenge of our time, and switched fields to computational biology. I worked at the Francis Crick Institute, using machine learning to decode our DNA and predict heart attacks using patients’ NHS medical records.

I’m now a full-time science writer and presenter. I’ve written for the Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Guardian and WIRED magazine, and have featured on NBC’s TODAY, The Russell Howard Hour, Sunday Brunch, NBC Morning News Now and BBC News, as well as being a regular expert on Discovery’s Impossible Engineering and Strangest Things on Sky. I also produce videos on my YouTube channel, and give live talks ranging from lectures in schools to science stand-up (yes, that is a thing) at the Hammersmith Apollo. I’ve also campaigned about science funding as Chair of Science is Vital and creator of Scienceogram.

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