Aparna Nathan

Aparna is a freelance science writer pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics and genomics at Harvard University. She uses her multidisciplinary training to find both the cutting-edge science and the human stories in everything from genetic testing to space expeditions. She was recently a 2021 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her writing has also appeared in Popular SciencePBS NOVA, and The Open Notebook.

Articles by Aparna Nathan
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Bridging Disciplines to Study CRISPR-Induced Chromosome Destabilization
Aparna Nathan | Apr 8, 2022 | 4 min read
A collaboration between friends led to a cautionary finding about CRISPR’s effect on cells.
Engineered Bacteria Make Tumors More T Cell-Friendly
Engineered Bacteria Make Tumors More T Cell-Friendly
Aparna Nathan | Apr 8, 2022 | 5 min read
Microbes designed to produce specific immunomodulatory metabolites could give immunotherapy a boost.
Erika More developed a jello-like tissue system to study how immune cells stimulate tissues and blood vessel growth.
An Engineer’s Perspective on Autoimmunity
Aparna Nathan | Dec 10, 2021 | 4 min read
Erika Moore builds biomaterials to study disparate lupus outcomes.
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Helping the Immune System Keep its Cool
Aparna Nathan | Dec 10, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers found that lowering the temperature alleviates autoimmunity in mice.
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Training Immune Cells to Be Cancer Killers
Aparna Nathan | Nov 12, 2021 | 4 min read
A career-altering experience as a cancer patient motivated one researcher to design more potent immunotherapies.
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Can mRNA Vaccine Momentum Propel Tumor Immunotherapies?
Aparna Nathan | Nov 12, 2021 | 4 min read
A guide to mRNA-based cancer vaccines and where they’re headed next
Early Successes Make CRISPR-Based Medicine a Possibility
Aparna Nathan | Oct 25, 2021 | 4 min read
CRISPR-Cas9’s molecular scissors—thus far limited to the lab bench—may soon find themselves at work directly in the human body.
From Bench to Boardroom
Aparna Nathan | Oct 25, 2021 | 5 min read
Taking inspiration from her PhD research, Ana Moreno formed a company where scientists use CRISPR to treat chronic pain
Environmental Cues Keep CAR T Cells on Track
Aparna Nathan | May 25, 2021 | 4 min read
Pairing CARs with a synthetic receptor makes T cells more lethal tumor killers.