Rachael Moeller Gorman

Rachael Moeller Gorman

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and neuroscience from Williams College, Rachael spent two years studying the tiny C. elegans worm as a lab tech at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University. She then returned to school to get a master’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University, and subsequently worked as an intern at Scientific AmericanDiscover magazine, and the Annals of Improbable Research, the originators of the yearly Ig Nobel prizes. She now freelances for both scientific and lay publications, and loves telling the stories behind the science. Find her at or on Instagram @rachaelmoellergorman.

Articles by Rachael Moeller Gorman
The feet of several runners wearing brightly colored shoes.
How Exercise Sparks, then Soothes, Inflammation
Rachael Moeller Gorman | May 15, 2024 | 4 min read
Regulatory T cells in muscles surge after exercise, quelling inflammation, protecting mitochondria, and enhancing performance.
Light shines through a dilated pupil to illuminate the light red retina, blood vessels, optic disc and macula.
Gut Bacteria Slip into the Eye
Rachael Moeller Gorman | May 9, 2024 | 5 min read
A gene mutation causes porous gut and retinal barriers, allowing bacteria to travel from one to the other, triggering retinal degeneration in mice.
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Complicated CAP Does It All
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Apr 5, 2024 | 5 min read
Researchers found that actin filaments can behave counter to decades-old actin dynamics dogma, changing how biologists think about cell movement.
Back Pain Explained
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Feb 5, 2024 | 4 min read
Not all degenerated intervertebral discs are painful; a new study identified a subset of disc cells that triggers a pathway to pain.
The Wonderfully Shrunken Cas13
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Nov 7, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists removed unnecessary sections of the Cas13 enzyme, creating a mini-enzyme that works and fits with other CRISPR elements into a single gene therapy vector.
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A Menagerie on a Leaf
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Nov 6, 2023 | 4 min read
A simple rainforest leaf swab revealed DNA from dozens of animal species, possibly improving biodiversity monitoring in the future.
Venus flytrap plants grow in the lab, trigger hairs at the ready.
How the Venus Flytrap Captures Its Prey
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Oct 16, 2023 | 4 min read
Scientists used CRISPR-Cas9 for the first time in a carnivorous plant to prove the role of two ion channels in closing the Venus flytrap’s trap.
Genetic engineering and digital technology concept.
A Machine Learning Tool Uncloaks the Hidden Sources of Cancer Cells
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Oct 5, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers created a model that uses clinical testing data to locate the primary site of cancer cells with no known origin, likely improving survival.
A doctor reaches out to touch a lung tumor, highlighted in red.
Silencing Epigenetic Complexes Re-sensitizes Drug-Resistant Cancer Cells
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Sep 25, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers studying lung cancer cell lines found that chromatin remodeling underlies one type of osimertinib resistance.
Green and brown illustration of cancer cells in front of a peach and yellow background.
Bacterial Tractor Beams Bring Radiation to Tumors
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Apr 17, 2023 | 3 min read
Colonizing tumors with engineered bacteria may allow researchers to target sites currently inaccessible to radionuclide therapy.