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Anna Napolitano, PhD

Anna Napolitano is a freelance science writer based in London with bylines in several outlets. As a PhD student and as a postdoc, she published several peer-reviewed papers in the immunology field. She then earned a post-graduate certificate in science communication from the University of the West of England and now works as a science writer, editor, and communicator. She collaborated with Mosaic Science, Wellcome Trust’s online open-access long-form publication, and regularly writes for The Naked Scientists and Nature Italy. Read more of her work at

Articles by Anna Napolitano, PhD
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A Novel Tool to Explore the Gut-brain Connection
Anna Napolitano, PhD | Aug 28, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists used a vibrating capsule to assess people’s gut sensitivities and understand how the brain interprets these signals.  
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New Synthetic E. coli Is Immune to Bacteriophage Infection
Anna Napolitano, PhD | Mar 30, 2023 | 3 min read
Self-contained synthetic E. coli resistant to viral infection could prove invaluable to the biotechnology industry by increasing product consistency and reducing safety concerns. 
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Delayed T cell Response Allows Tuberculosis to Gain Foothold in Monkeys
Anna Napolitano, PhD | Jun 1, 2022 | 5 min read
The results could help guide the design of new vaccines for the disease.
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Neurons Damaged in Dementia Recognize Interruptions to Patterns
Anna Napolitano, PhD | Mar 16, 2022 | 4 min read
A new study reveals a network of neurons that, when disrupted, impairs adaptation to new circumstances in several types of dementia.
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DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
Anna Napolitano, PhD | Feb 11, 2022 | 5 min read
A pair of new studies finds that analyzing material from a Pap smear can reveal tumor risk in distant parts of the body, potentially allowing early interventions.