About ScienceSeeker

What is ScienceSeeker?

There are thousands of science blogs and news sites around the world, written by active scientists, journalists, professors, students, and interested laypeople. But until now, there hasn't been a good way for readers to sort through all of them. There are dozens of blog collectives, many sites that organize some of the information in the blogs, but none that attempt to encompass the entire range of science reporting, analysis, and discussion taking place at an astonishing pace, worldwide.

ScienceSeeker is designed to fill that void. We have collected over 2,400 blogs and other science news sources in one place, and invite you to submit even more. Our goal is to be the world's most comprehensive aggregator of science discussions, all organized by topic.

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The ScienceSeeker Team


Andy Extance is our Editor-in-Chief. In addition to his duties managing the editorial pool, he is responsible for updating our Facebook page and managing our Twitter account (@SciSeeker). Andy fuses chemistry and physics – and whatever other elements cross his desk – into words, thanks to a career infused with both fields. He’s now a freelance science writer working for many outlets, having previously been news editor for Compound Semiconductor magazine, when it was owned by Institute of Physics Publishing. Before becoming a professional writer, he worked in industrial chemistry, briefly making adhesives after spending six and a half years working at Tripos Discovery Research, an early-stage contract pharmaceutical research company. He previously ran a 'spare time' climate change blog, called Simple Climate, though this is now mostly another place where he shares others' worthy efforts. Andy is also director of Exeter Empirical and on the board of the Association of British Science Writers. You can follow him on Twitter @andyextance.

Rebecca Hall is our Managing Editor. She is a freelance editor and holds a master’s degree in Developmental Biology from Bath University. Her special areas of interest include evolutionary and cancer biology and has performed research in CRISPR and small molecule cancer inhibition. She also used to work for F1000Research, a pioneering Open-Access journal where she discovered her flair for science communication. In her spare time, she has an avid interest in textiles, and currently lives in Sweden where she is engaged on a sustainable textiles course.

Raphael Ndem is our Photo Editor, and manages our Google+ page. Raphael is a tech enthusiast who appreciates the wonders of computers & gadgets. Completing a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science at a young age furthered his interests in the field of biology, and degree projects involved the use of bioinformatics tools for predicting the secondary structures, and trans-membrane regions of proteins, which allowed him to apply his passion for technology in biomedicine. When not managing the audio or lighting for amateur theatre productions, he regularly shares ideas and posts related to his interests on Google+.

Wes Wilson is a molecular biologist in Australia, whose work is focused on proteins involved in breast cancer tumorigenesis as well as previous studies on the epigenetics of tumor progression in pediadric brain cancers. He has a passion is for the health sciences and occasionally blogs over at MostlyScience to help demystify evidence based medicine. Wes is also an ardent programmer and developer and sits on one of the organizing committees for Hacking Health, where both his interests collide. Wes makes picks in the category of academic life. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyWilson.

Michael Ringenbach is a Public Health graduate student at the Penn State College of Medicine.  He is an avid childhood cancer advocate, and coordinates student volunteer efforts full time for the non-profit organization Four Diamonds.  In addition, he has performed research in the areas of Allergy and Immunology, and has assisted on projects with the Pennsylvania Public Health Workforce Development Taskforce and Alzheimer’s Association. Michael is making picks in the field of public health, and you can follow him on Twitter at @mringenbach.

Thanassis Psaltis is a Physics graduate student at McMaster University in Canada. His research interest lies in the area of Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics, the study of the origin of the elements in the cosmos. When he is not smashing nuclei using big machines to find out what are we made of, he produces/presents shows in W.J. McCallion Planetarium and participates in several science communication initiatives. Thanassis makes picks in the fields of art, photography, physics and general science. You can follow him on Twitter @psaltistha.

Javier Carmona obtained his PhD in Barcelona, Spain, in the field of epigenetics. He then moved to New York to do a postdoc investigating the mechanisms of resistance to therapy in cancer, and in 2016 he joined the editorial team of Nature Medicine covering the area of cancer biology. Despite his background in biomedicine, he has broad scientific interests, and occasionally writes about different topics on the blog Mapping Ignorance. Javier is very interested in science communication and outreach, and selects top posts in the fields of medicine and general biology. You can follow him on Twitter @FJCarmonas.

Natalie Holmes is a freelance writer with a Masters in Environment and Development. She lives and works in Berlin, covering topics such as sustainability, technology, and cities & urbanism. She runs a small online magazine, Lo/Rez, which deals with the intersection of art and science. She's especially interested in shedding light on the myriad and increasing ways AI impacts society. Natalie is also a trained yoga teacher. Natalie is making picks from the science communication bundle. You can find her on Twitter @planetnatty.

Shriyaa Mittal is a graduate student at the University of Illinois working on her PhD in Biophysics. Shriyaa is a computer scientist by training but got blown away when she was first introduced to molecular biology and the Smith-Waterman algorithm in her bioinformatics class in college. Since then, her research interests have been focused towards computational biology and computational simulations of biomolecules. Apart from research, she paints (but does not draw) and is learning the Latin language. She has contributed to several blogs, including for the Biophysical Society. Shriyaa selects top posts in computer science, education and student life. Follow her on Twitter @shriyaamittal.

Jesse Zondervan is starting his PhD in Geology in Plymouth after graduating from Imperial College in London. He has done research on how landscapes evolve in areas of active mountain building and will be continuing this in Morocco. His interest in Geology is largely an interest in the stories of natural history. This love of stories spills over into his interest of travelling and writing. As a student in Australia, he has written a student blog for the science marketing website. Jesse makes picks in the category of geoscience. Follow him on Twitter @JesseZondervan.

Muhammad Hamza Waseem is pursuing B.S. Electrical Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. He is actively involved in science outreach and edits various science journals targeted towards high schools and undergraduate students. Currently, he is investigating Fourier optics and holography. He is making picks from our astronomy bundle.

Kayla Matz is a biochemist in the area of biometals. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry a few years ago at University of Arizona studying how bacteria steal important metals and get rid of toxic metals. Now, she is teaching college chemistry and biochemistry in Milwaukee, United States. She is passionate about science communication and outreach, and blogs about the science of metals at seesciences.com. She is picking the best science podcasts. Follow her on twitter @seesciences.

Gaia Cantelli received her PhD from King's College London in the UK, where she worked on melanoma cell motility and metastasis. Since then, she has moved to the USA to work as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, studying the mechanisms that regulate cancer cell metastasis to the bone. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and dancing. She has a passion for outreach, science communication and writing and she regularly blogs over at scienceblog.com. She is a content editor for ScienceSeeker, writing non-pick posts.

Pranab Chatterjee is a public health doctor from India, who believes healthcare access should be universal. When he is not wrangling with infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and public health in India, he is busy clicking bad photos, or planning exotic trips. He has been blogging on and off, for over seven years, at Scepticemia but now is more active on Twitter, where you can catch up with him @Scepticemia. He is making picks from our health, medicine and social sciences bundles.

Mitali Adlakha is a science writer and science communications enthusiast. She moved to United States six years ago to pursue her Master’s degree in Cell Biology. She soon realized her passion for Viruses and infectious diseases and is currently pursuing a PhD in Virology. She uses molecular biology techniques and some cool microscopy to study virus-host interactions. She is currently a writer at the Science cafĂ© and The Almost Doctor’s Channel. She hopes that someday she will infect people with some enthusiasm for science. She is making picks from our biotechnology, cell biology, law and economics bundles.

Aisha Schofield got passionate about Science Communication after completing an undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences and a Masters in Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Spending the next couple of years working as part of the Science Communication team at the local Science Centre, Aisha found it thrilling to interact with experts and the public to spark important conversations about science and share the passion and bounty of knowledge. An avid reader and writer, Aisha loves learning about new things and makes picks from our ecology, environment and conservation bundles.

Ananya Sen is currently a PhD student in the Microbiology department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the defense strategies E. coli uses to deal with oxidative stress. She is passionate about science writing for a general audience. In her blog, Tales of scientific journeys, she looks at the history of scientific inventions, the geological history of the places she travels to, and the latest trends in biology. Ananya is picking the top posts from the fields of evolution and education. Follow her on Twitter @AnanyaS1190.

Alexia Weeks is a molecular geneticist and bioinformatician in Perth, Western Australia. Her research interest lies in the area of rare diseases and using next generation sequencing to identify the genetic cause of rare diseases. Her aim is to improve the diagnostic rate of rare diseases in children. When she is not hard at work, she can be found baking up a storm. Alexia is very interested in science communication and outreach and makes picks in the artificial intelligence, ethics and nutrition categories. Follow her on Twitter @AlexiaLWeeks.

Mateen Ahmed is presently enrolled at UET, Lahore, Pakistan. Apart from pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering he has a passion for communicating science to the general public. He relishes programming, research, teaching and cuddling his cat. He feels everyone has the responsibility to explore nature or help in its exploration. In his free time he designs circuits and AI algorithms. He's responsible for top posts from the fields of engineering, computer science and podcasts.

Muhammad Zaeem Sindhu is presently enrolled as a medical student under The University Of Health Sciences, Lahore and working as the Director of Graphics Division, TDP, as well as an English blog writer for the FMU, Faisalabad. As a teenager, he was fondly interested in relativistic physics and thermodynamics, which remain a preoccupation to this day. Stargazing is something he relishes more than anything else when he has a heavy workload. He's covering the Clinical Research and Microbiology bundles.

Niranjana Krishnan is a PhD candidate at Iowa State University. Her research is on environmental toxicology, and she is trying to understand the impact of insecticide use on monarch butterflies. She has a bachelor's in microbiology and a master's in genetics. She enjoys reading, writing, and running.

Sarah Wettstadt, originally hailing from Germany, did her PhD in molecular microbiology at Imperial College in London where she studied how bacteria outcompete each other using a bacterial nano killing device. She currently works as a postdoc at the CSIC in Granada, Spain, and studies cell surface signaling within Pseudomonas species. While enjoying various outdoor activities in sunny Spain, Sarah is author of a blog (sarahs-world.blog) explaining the bacterial world to laypeople. You can follow her on Twitter @DrBommel and Instagram @bacteriabommel. Sarah is curating ScienceSeeker's Instagram account.


Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, MS is the former Technical Director for ScienceSeeker. Jessica worked as a software engineer in online publishing for 12 years, helping transform print publications into digital versions. In 2007 she returned to school full time to earn her DVM and MS degrees, and got to see scientific publishing from the other side of the fence. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois working in genomics and bioinformatics. Jessica blogs at The Dog Zombie.

Karyn Traphagen is the former Executive Director of ScienceOnline and remains in close contact with the ScienceSeeker team. While Karyn's background is in physics, she describes herself as a knowledge addict and is insatiably curious. She delights in highlighting the tiny treasures of the world that exist all around us (and which often go unnoticed in our busy lives). You can follow her @ktraphagen.

Gabriel Aponte is a former lead developer for ScienceSeeker. Since joining our team in 2011, he was been responsible for the vast majority of code running the site, and has also contributed several key design elements. His involvement with ScienceSeeker is driven by his interest in science and projects to improve the representation of science on the web.

Dave Munger, Founding Editor of ScienceSeeker, is a writer living in Davidson, North Carolina. Dave was the co-founder and editor of Research Blogging. He has also been a columnist for SeedMagazine.com and written several college writing textbooks. For five years, Dave was the primary writer for the psychology blog Cognitive Daily, which was chosen three times to appear in the Open Laboratory, an annual anthology of the top science blog posts on the web. It has appeared on numerous top ten lists including ranking seventh on Nature's 50 popular science blogs list. Dave is also an avid runner who has completed four marathons and co-owns a race timing company, Davidson Timing.

Past Contributors

Mark Hahnel
Chris Maden
Anton Zuiker

Past Editors
Antanas Spokas: psychology and clinical psychology (2018-2019)
Teodora Stoica: neuroscience and climate science (2014-2019)
Peter Krautzberger: mathematics (2012-2019)
Anushka Khasnobish: microbiology (2017-2019) 
Beverly McClenaghan: environment and conservation (2017-2019)
Amie Norton:education (2018)
Joana Neto: psychology and clinical psychology (2016-2018)
Jennifer Tsang: ecology and policy (2016-2018)
Dimitra Blana: biotechnology, health, medicine, artificial intelligence, career and grants (2016-2017)
Hamideh Emrani: cell biology (2016-2017)
Jimmy Brancho: science communication (2016-2017)
Julia Turan: cell biology, psychiatry and neuroscience (2016)
Rebecca Heisman: ecology, conservation, and the environment (2016)
Jordan Gaines Lewis: former Editor-in-Chief, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and health (2012-2016)
Caitlin Kirkwood: neuroscience, engineering, biology, medicine, health (2013-2016)
Shelly Xuelai Fan: neuroscience, nutrition (2013-2015)
Rachel Zamzow: neuroscience, academic life (2013-2015)
Janet Kwasniak: blog curator (2014-2015)
Jessie Hale: blog curator (2014-2015)
Dylan Benito: geology, climate science (2014-2015)
Rebecca Schwarzlose: neuroscience, psychology, academic life (2014)
Fletcher Halliday: biology, conservation, ecology, environment, evolution, microbiology (2013-2014)
Andrew Watt: medicine, neuroscience, and psychology (2013-2014)
Allie Wilkinson: biology, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, evolution, marine biology, and geosciences (2013-2014)
Jason G. Goldman: Associate Editor (2013-2014)
Cristy Gelling: biology (2012-2014)
Sarah Chow: anthropology, biology, chemistry, ecology/conservation, health, medicine, and philosophy (2012-2013)
Matthew Francis: astronomy, physics (2012)