NICOLETTA LANESE

Science Journalist

Staff reporter for Live Science

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Tweaking the gut bacteria of malnourished kids could help them grow
Tweaking the gut bacteria of malnourished kids could help them grow

Why does DNA spontaneously mutate? Quantum physics might explain.
Why does DNA spontaneously mutate? Quantum physics might explain.

'We just had no answers': COVID-19 'long-haulers' still learning why they're sick
'We just had no answers': COVID-19 'long-haulers' still learning why they're sick

Tweaking the gut bacteria of malnourished kids could help them grow
Tweaking the gut bacteria of malnourished kids could help them grow

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ALL ABOUT ME

Dance served as my unconventional gateway into science journalism.

I spent my college years sprinting from

mirror-lined dance studios to dimly lit neuroscience laboratories and then

back again for rehearsal.

I translated the intricacies of memory formation and neurological disease into movement phrases, and I brought those

to the stage.

NOW, AS A SCIENCE JOURNALIST,

MY GOAL IS THE SAME:

I want to get science out of the laboratory and in front of fresh eyes.

MY CREDENTIALS

At the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program,

I received expert training in writing, reporting

and digital media content creation.

 

I now write full-time for Live Science, and you

can also find my byline in The Scientist Magazine, 

Science NewsSpace.com, Eos, Mongabay, 

The San Jose Mercury News, Monterey County Herald, 

and Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+, among others. 

In the past, I've also served as a public information officer at the Stanford University School of Medicine, UC San Francisco,

and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

I primarily cover health and medicine and am always

eager to dive into the nitty-gritty mechanisms

behind a disease, while also tackling stories that

provide readers with practical, actionable

information about their bodies and health care.

I also frequently cover animal, evolutionary biology,

environment and conservation stories.

SELECT CLIPS

Live Science - March 17, 2021

Why does DNA spontaneously mutate? Quantum physics

might explain.

Live Science - May 14, 2020

Blind people could 'see' letters that scientists drew on their brains with electricity

BrainFacts - September 19, 2019​

How Your Brain Keeps You From Running Into Walls

 

The Scientist - August 16, 2019

Immune Cell Bank Bets on Future CAR T Success

Science News - June 27, 2019

Antioxidants may encourage the spread of lung cancer rather than prevent it

Stanford Medicine Magazine - March 11, 2019

Hitting pain’s off switch (adaptation of Science Notes piece)

Featured by SciShortform Jul - Sep 2019:

The Scientist Magazine - Jul. 25, 2019

Designer Protein Acts as a Switch for Cellular Circuitry

MULTIMEDIA SAMPLES

SELECT WORK

​Life's Little Mysteries Podcast,

"Coronavirus: A Life's Little Mysteries Special Report - August 14th"

Featuring audio from an

LS Facebook Livestream

How Are COVID-19 Vaccines Tested?​

Written and presented by Nicoletta

Brainless Blob Stores Memories​

Written and presented by Nicoletta

Coronavirus Update 4/30/20​

LS Livestream on Facebook

Anxiety In Teens & PTSD​

LS Livestream for Mental Health Month

Turbulent Flows in Soap Film - Dance Your Ph.D. 2018 Finalist

Edited by Nicoletta, choreographed and written by Yuna Hattori and Nicoletta