Kamal Nahas

Kamal Nahas, PhD

Kamal is a freelance science journalist based in the UK with a PhD in virology from the University of Cambridge. He enjoys writing about the quirky side of biology, like the remarkable extent to which we depend on our gut bacteria, as well as technological breakthroughs, including how artificial intelligence can be leveraged to design proteins. His work has also appeared in Live Science, Nature, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, and other places. Find him at or on X @KLNahas.

Articles by Kamal Nahas, PhD
Two cells fluorescently stained for normal (red) and damaged (green) lysosomes.
Cancer Cells Spread When They Stop Recycling Waste
Kamal Nahas, PhD | May 8, 2024 | 4 min read
An immune-inhibiting protein that regulates autophagy halts breast cancers from venturing across tissue borders.
Cuboidal DNA origami block containing parallel double helices (gray columns) decorated with tumor antigens (green proteins) and CpG adjuvants (yellow helices) on opposing faces.
Fighting Tumors with DNA Origami
Kamal Nahas, PhD | May 6, 2024 | 5 min read
Researchers bolster antitumor immune defenses using cancer vaccines made from DNA origami.
A microscopic image of a pink berry bacterial aggregate.
Multicellular Bacteria Evolve Defenses that Resemble the Immune System
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Apr 30, 2024 | 5 min read
Bacterial superorganisms must evolve defenses to fight off infections, and microbiologists found that they use a weapons cache coincidentally similar to that of the human immune system.
Front view of a blue and red brain animation with a blue background.
One Gene with a Domino Effect on Social Behavior
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Apr 29, 2024 | 4 min read
A transcription factor in mouse brains underpins stress, social behaviors, and possibly immunity.
Abstract drawing of microbes.
Exploring Microbial Dark Matter
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Apr 19, 2024 | 4 min read
An open-source search engine helps scientists identify hundreds of microbial metabolites in a matter of seconds. 
A person’s hand reaching for wheat.
Close Encounters of Skin and Nerve Cells
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Apr 11, 2024 | 4 min read
Scientists exploring the skin-nerve cell connection have only scratched the surface. New research highlights just how intertwined the two cells are.
B cells secreting antibodies that target virus particles.
Stem Cell Editing Repairs Severe Immunodeficiency
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Mar 20, 2024 | 5 min read
Scientists hoping to treat immunodeficiencies using gene therapy have found a way to edit stem cells in mice without disrupting gene regulation.
Individual bacterial transcriptomes each plotted as a single point create a ring-shaped structure.
Rapidly Dividing Bacteria Coordinate Gene Expression and Replication
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Mar 15, 2024 | 4 min read
E. coli divides faster than it can replicate its genome, while simultaneously expressing its genes. Scientists recently revealed the intricate molecular coordination that makes this possible.
Yeast Made to Harvest Light Hint at Evolution’s Past
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Feb 21, 2024 | 6 min read
Scientists transferred light-harvesting proteins into yeast for the first time, shining a light on the past lives of eukaryotic cells.
Cartoon of the gut with different colored bacteria and a magnifying glass hovering over part of the gut.
Humans Rely on Gut Bacteria for an Enzyme that Prevents Jaundice
Kamal Nahas, PhD | Feb 16, 2024 | 5 min read
An absence of bilirubin-producing gut microbes may predispose individuals to some diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease.