Labliterati: the LabLit team


  • Jennifer Rohn

    Jennifer Rohn

    Jenny runs a cell biology lab at University College London and is a part-time novelist and science communicator. A lapsed American, Jenny appears occasionally on TV, radio, documentaries, podcasts, live panels and in print as a science/lit/art/culture pundit, tweets as @jennyrohn and blogs about the scientific lifestyle at Mind the Gap on Occam's Typewriter. She is the author of two novels about scientists: Experimental Heart and The Honest Look, both published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press - her third novel is being revised. Her writing has appeared in places such as the BBC News, The Guardian, Nature and The Times. Learn more at her personal website.


  • Richard P. Grant

    Richard P. Grant

    Richard is our Deputy Editor. A British molecular cell biologist and structural biochemist, he works as a senior writer in London. He writes fiction under the pseudonym 'rpg' and tweets as @rpg7twit. In addition to helping to steer LabLit's editorial direction, he helps edit fiction and poetry and produces our podcasts. He blogs at Confessions of a (Former) Lab Rat on Occam's Typewriter.

  • Åsa Karlström

    Åsa Karlström

    A native Swede, Åsa is a post-doc at a private research institute in Memphis, Tennessee. With a background in bacteriology, she enjoys studying Streptococcus and other charming little microbes, with a special interest in how they interact during influenza infection. She also enjoys kickboxing, reading and cooking. In addition to being responsible for keeping the Lab Lit List up to date, Åsa occasionally writes pseudonymously for the site.

Regular Contributors

  • Steve Caplan

    Steve Caplan

    Steve is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed scientific papers, as well as several published short stories. His first novel, Matter Over Mind, received positive reviews and was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Welcome Home, Sir, published by Anaphora Literary Press, is his second novel. He tweets as @caplansteve and blogs at No Comment on Occam's Typewriter with Richard, Jenny and Stephen.

  • Julia Richards

    Julia Richards

    Julia received her Ph.D. in biological chemistry in 2010 studying temporal and spatial control of gene expression. After a brief postdoc in the genetics department, she is currently working at a pharmaceutical company. Check out her blog.

  • Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen is a professor of structural biology at Imperial College London, where he studies protein structure using X-ray crystallography, and contributes reviews and commentary to He tweets as @stephen_curry and blogs at Reciprocal Space on Occam's Typewriter with Jenny, Steve and Richard.

  • Pippa Goldschmidt

    Pippa Goldschmidt

    Pippa writes short stories, poetry and non-fiction about science. She’s a writer in residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, based at the University of Edinburgh. She used to be an astronomer, and has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She’s been writing a novel about a female astronomer for longer than she cares to think about.

  • Nik Papageorgiou

    Nik Papageorgiou

    A regular contributor to, Nik Papageorgiou is a science journalist for EPFL (Switzerland). He also draws science comics and blogs at the Upturned Microscope.

  • Martin Griffiths

    Martin Griffiths

    Martin is a senior lecturer in Astronomy at the University of South Wales. He is interested in the interface between science in fiction and fact and the reflection of society in science fiction, especially through apocalyptic fiction. Besides teaching astronomy to students and public alike, he is a regular broadcaster on BBC Wales and is a consultant to the Brecon Beacons National Park on light pollution issues. He has written several books on observational astronomy and has had various articles and photographs published.

  • João Ramalho-Santos

    João Ramalho-Santos

    João is an Associate Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a Researcher in Reproductive Biology at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology. His first novel, in Portuguese, is Portland, Portugal (Afrontamento, 2007), and he writes frequent short fiction for LabLit. He is also quite interested in graphic novels (comics, bande dessinée, manga), and has co-authored a few books in or about the format. In that vein, he is a co-owner of the bookstore Dr Kartoon.

  • Bill Hanage

    Bill Hanage

    Bill is an epidemiologist and evolutionary biologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he's an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. He is interested in lots of things, but especially evolution and the football club Arsenal.

  • Rebecca Nesbit

    Rebecca Nesbit

    Rebecca works for the Society of Biology, organising Biology Week, running citizen science projects and acting as press officer. She studied butterfly migration for her PhD, based at Rothamsted Research, then trained honeybees to detect explosives. She writes fiction and blogs about genetically modified food. She tweets as @RebeccaNesbit.

  • Tom Mahony

    Tom Mahony

    Tom is a biological consultant in California with an M.S. degree from Humboldt State University. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in dozens of online and print publications. He is the author of three published novels - visit him at to find out more.

  • Rivka Isaacson

    Rivka Isaacson

    Rivka is lecturer at King's College London. She uses NMR and other biophysical techniques to study proteins involved in cellular recycling, and has a healthy interest in literature and life outside science.

  • Philip Strange

    Philip Strange

    Philip is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Reading where he studied mechanisms of drug action, especially for drugs that act on the brain. He has a special interest in how science is presented and how it is misrepresented.