Tabitha M. Powledge

Science & Medical Writer & Editor


Tabitha M. Powledge is an award-winning science and medical journalist who has written for a broad range of popular and professional publications on paper and online. They include Scientific American, Popular Science, Health,, Archaeology, and the Washington Post, as well as scientific journals such as The Lancet, Current Biology, PLoS Biology, and Nature Medicine. She is also the author of Your Brain: How You Got It and How It Works (Scribner's, 1995) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microbiology, co-authored with microbiologist Jeffrey Byrd (Alpha, 2008.)

Powledge spent several years at the Hastings Center specializing in policy and bioethical issues related to genetics. She was also Senior Editor of the journal now known as Nature Biotechnology and Founding Editor of The Scientist. Powledge also does freelance editing, chiefly for the quarterly magazine of the National Academy of Sciences, Issues in Science and Technology.

Powledge holds an M.S. in genetics; her general-audience booklet "Genetic Basics", written under contract for the National Institutes of Health, has won two awards from the Society for Technical Communication. She has also been awarded two study fellowships by the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

Powledge is a member of the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Association of Health Care Journalists and is serving her fourth term on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Science Writers. She is presently at work on a new edition of her book on the brain and recently completed a two-part series of articles on epigenetics for the journal BioScience.

Powledge's blog about science blogging, "On Science Blogs," appears every Friday on the home page of the National Association of Science Writers. Find it at https:/​/​​user/​157/​blog Twitter @​tamfecit

Selected Articles

Magazine Article
How did the first Americans walk from the Bering Strait to Southern Chile? They didn't.
News feature
Prostate cancer is increasingly looking like an infectious disease--and may be sexually transmitted
Addiction predictions, 2007. From the January 2007 issue of Popular Science
Crossword puzzles and brain-teasers? Forget about it.
What should you do about menopause symptoms?
Nobody knows. From