I am a writer and journalist covering biology and medicine. My work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, Slate and the Guardian.
My first book - I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals - will be published by Bloomsbury on November 2nd 2017 in the UK, January 1st 2018 in Australia and January 16th in the USA.
I'm also founding Director of NeuWrite London, a regional group of NeuWrite, where scientists, writers and other communicators meet to discuss how to talk about science.
Prior to writing, I spent fifteen years doing neuroscience research at UCL and Columbia University, New York. My PhD work was concerned with how mammals sense touch, and as a post-doc, I researched the biology and genetics of schizophrenia, then investigated the birth of new neurons in the adult mammalian brain. I also collaborated on projects examining epilepsy and how antidepressants affect the brain.
I enjoyed my academic career. Although I say this biasedly recalling the few experiments that worked, the minority of submissions that journals accepted, and only the grants applications that got funded. That career had more peaks and troughs than the Andes. I witnessed some astonishing science, much good science and some terrible science. I worked with a handful of brilliant people, many excellent researchers but also with some real stinkers. I've seen good ideas come to nothing, and I've seen bad ideas refuse to die. I love science, but it sure is difficult, and rarely straightforward. I'm now try to capture that in my writing.
Please feel free to contact me, I am always open to discussing new projects and to working with new outlets.
liamdrew101 [at] gmail