Helen has a passion for science and writing, as an award-winning author and a celebrated science communicator. After a degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, she obtained a PhD in developmental genetics at the University of Edinburgh and then made a move to science journalism.
Starting at Nature as a reporter in 2001, Helen wrote news and features for the journal for several years, specialising in covering biomedical sciences. Her stories have won various accolades including the Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award and two best feature awards from the Association of British Science Writers.
Helen transitioned into editing and for several years led the magazine’s features section, indulging her love of long-form writing. Helen now oversees all journalism and opinion content for Nature, and published her critically acclaimed book The Life Project in 2016.