I am a Harvard-trained molecular biologist, writer and biotech entrepreneur. My research over the past decade focused on studying the immune tumor micro-environment in various types of cancer. I completed my PhD at Penn State College of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. James Connor at the  department of neurosurgery  studying the role of the iron storage protein ferritin in cancer biology. This work identified ferritin as a novel molecular mechanism through which the inflammatory tumor microenvironment contributes to tumor growth and progression. We also identified ferritin as a potential biomarker for resistance to the targeted therapy Herceptin.

I also write about irreproducibility and scientific automationI am interested in exploring the psychological biases  that may underlie the decline in research quality. I am also the founder of Hive - an informatics startup that aims to introduce objective quality metrics into the scientific literature and automate hypothesis generation.

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October 20, 2018

Interviewed by Axios to discuss the state of automation in scientific discovery. 


September 19, 2018

Op-Ed published in Scientific American.


February 12, 2018

Interviewed by Scismic to discuss Hive's approach to irreproducibility. 

August 4, 2017

Op-Ed published in a Nature.com blog.

July 6, 2017

Invited Talk at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

June 1, 2017

Op-Ed published in Scientific American.

May 23, 2017

Hive was selected as a finalist (top 8%) in Mass Challenge 2017. 

April 24, 2017

Article published in Aeon and The Atlantic on scientific automation. 

November 11, 2016

Moderated a panel on the state of scientific & medical research in the Middle East at Harvard Arab Weekend Conference

August 18, 2016

Interviewed on BBC Arabic for a segment on the irreproducibility crisis. 


August 17, 2016

Nautilus magazine publishes my response to the discussion on Y Combinator's Hacker News.  

July 29, 2016

Article published in Nautilus Magazine.

May 2, 2016

Editorial published in The Scientist Magazine

Reimagining the Paper.

January 27, 2016

Peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.

June 15, 2015

Peer-reviewed article published in the American Journal of Physiology

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