Catherine Offord

Catherine Offord

After undergraduate research with spiders at the University of Oxford and graduate research with ants at Princeton University, Catherine left arthropods and academia to become a science writer. She has worked in various guises at The Scientist, starting as an intern in early 2016 before becoming a correspondent. As associate editor, she now writes articles for the online and print publications, and edits the magazine’s Notebook, Careers, and Bio Business sections.

Articles by Catherine Offord
HIV Researcher Gita Ramjee Dies of Complications Tied to COVID-19
HIV Researcher Gita Ramjee Dies of Complications Tied to COVID-19
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2020
The South African scientist fought for women’s access to healthcare in disadvantaged communities.
Infographic: Researchers Take Aim at Cancer Evolution
Infographic: Researchers Take Aim at Cancer Evolution
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2020
Strategies to trick, manipulate, and direct the evolution of tumors
Cancer Researchers Use Evolution to Target Drug Resistance
Cancer Researchers Use Evolution to Target Drug Resistance
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2020
New therapeutic approaches in oncology aim to manipulate or block cancer’s adaptation to treatment.
Image of the Day: How COVID-19 Spreads
Image of the Day: How COVID-19 Spreads
Amy Schleunes, Catherine Offord | Mar 19, 2020
International data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control indicates a similar pattern in reported coronavirus cases during the first 10 days after the case count passes 500.
Governments Must Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing, Says WHO
Governments Must Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing, Says WHO
Catherine Offord | Mar 18, 2020
The World Health Organization warns that a lack of data on how many people have the disease could undermine containment and mitigation efforts in many countries.
UK Government to Boost R&D Spending
UK Government to Boost R&D Spending
Catherine Offord | Mar 13, 2020
The 2020 budget includes a 15 percent increase in public funding for research and development next year, but some scientists want more details on where the money will go.
Watch the Spread of COVID-19
Watch the Spread of COVID-19
Catherine Offord | Mar 5, 2020
Our maps and charts, updated regularly, offer a striking view of the global move of the novel coronavirus.
UC Santa Cruz Fires Graduate Students Taking Part in Strike
UC Santa Cruz Fires Graduate Students Taking Part in Strike
Catherine Offord | Mar 2, 2020
The university sent dismissal letters to 54 teaching assistants who have been engaged in a months-long dispute over pay.
More Resignations at MeTooSTEM
More Resignations at MeTooSTEM
Catherine Offord | Feb 25, 2020
The embattled organization is left with only one member of the leadership—the group’s founder, BethAnn McLaughlin, who is accused of bullying.
How COVID-19 Is Spread
How COVID-19 Is Spread
Catherine Offord | Feb 21, 2020
Scientists’ latest understanding of the facts, the suspicions, and the discounted rumors of SARS-CoV-2’s transmission from person to person