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Elizabeth Finkel


For the last 20 years, Elizabeth Finkel has been a science writer for scientific and lay audiences including serving as a correspondent for the American magazine Science, and an associate editor for Cosmos magazine, a popular science magazine that she cofounded. In June 2013, she was appointed the next Cosmos Editor in Chief.

Finkel received a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne. She spent five years at the University of California, San Francisco, studying the genes that transform a mushy egg into a shapely embryo.

In 2005, Elizabeth’s book Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science was published by ABC books. The book won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and was short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Award and the Australian Government Eureka Award for promoting the public understanding of science.

Her second book, The Genome Generation, was published in January 2012 by Melbourne University Publishing.

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