I'm a writer with a dusty journalism degree.

I'm a medical anthropologist with a PhD from UC-Berkeley/UCSF.

I'm also an assistant professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where I teach classes in Science & Technology Studies, medical anthropology, and global health.

My first academic book, The Viral Network: a Pathography of the H1N1 Pandemic, was published in December 2014. If you're into science or public health or pandemics, read it. It's readable (even if you're not an academic).

I'm also the author of a decently entertaining medical thriller about a deadly global pandemic, called The Eye of the Virus. And don't worry, it's only very loosely based on anything I've researched in the real world. (Note: As with any fictional book, some people love it and some people hate it. It's dark. It's not a "happy ending" kind of story. So consider yourself warned and read at your own risk.)

Right now, I'm working on a popular nonfiction book examining the rise of allergies in America. If you've got a story or personal experiences related to allergies, I'd love to hear them.