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Hannah Thomasy, PhD

Hannah joined The Scientist as an assistant editor in 2023. Her work has appeared in Drug Discovery News, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and Undark. She earned her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Washington where she studied traumatic brain injury and sleep. She completed the Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism in 2020. Outside of work, she enjoys running and aspires to be a participant on The Great Canadian Baking Show.

Articles by Hannah Thomasy, PhD
Small <em >Arabidopsis</em> seedlings are grown indoors.
Bioengineering Interkingdom Communication
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Jun 3, 2024 | 2 min read
Genetically edited bacteria sense the environment and report their findings to “listening” plants.
A Hydractinia polyp with stinging cells shown in red throughout the body and the tentacles.
With Neither Brains nor Brawn, Jellyfish and Relatives Developed Subcellular Weapons Instead
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | May 29, 2024 | 6 min read
Anna Klompen explained how cnidarian stinging cells harpooned their way into her heart and could help answer fundamental questions in biology.
Brown and black flat-coated retrievers sit on a path in the woods.
Obesity Research is Going to the Dogs
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | May 27, 2024 | 5 min read
Gene mutations in rotund retrievers shed light on the neural regulation of body weight.
A blue microscopy image of mouse brain cells, with dorsal raphe neurons shown in red.
A Novel Panic Pathway in the Brain
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | May 10, 2024 | 5 min read
A neural pathway driving panic-like behaviors in mice points to new therapeutic targets.
Murine cells stained pink and purple.
Learning About Pain from a Master Manipulator
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | May 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Leishmania parasites often cause puzzlingly painless lesions. Scientists are beginning to dig into the mechanisms underlying this pain-blocking effect.
Soybeans growing against a black background.
How Do Plants Know Which Way is Up?
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | May 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Despite centuries of study, scientists still make new discoveries about the mechanisms of gravitropism.
A white and tan mother rat watches over several rat pups.&nbsp;
Babies on the Brain
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
In rats, motherhood leaves long-term biological signatures in a brain region that is crucial for learning and memory.
Bat Immune Systems: The Original Antivirus Programs
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 3 min read
Bats stay healthy while hosting some of the world’s deadliest viruses. Scientists are just beginning to understand how.
A close up of a tick held in a pair of forceps, with Kevin Esvelt&rsquo;s face out of focus in the background.
CRISPR Gene Drives and the Future of Evolution
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
Genetic engineering pioneer Kevin Esvelt’s work highlights biotechnology’s immense potential for good—but also for catastrophe.
A bat flying in a dark cave
Turning on the Bat Signal
Hannah Thomasy, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 10+ min read
Scientists around the world investigate how bat immune systems cope with viral attacks and how this information could be used to keep humans safe.