Jenny is a independent science journalist in Toronto and was a 2015 recipient of the British Science Writers Association Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship. She has also held the Ivan Noble broadcasting fellowship at the BBC, a Canadian Institute of Health Research journalism award and was a British Science Association media fellow.

She covers an eclectic mix of stories in anthropology, disease biology, genomics, and environment, but she especially enjoys writing about women’s health and human tissue—what it tells us and what using it costs us.

Her writing has appeared in Science, Nature, Science Careers, BBC News, New Scientist, BBC Focus magazine, BBC Wildlife, and she has made and produced radio for the BBC and CBC. She formerly worked as a broadcast journalist at the BBC in London and as a reporter for Science.

She holds a lecturing position at the University of Toronto, has chaired panels at numerous science festivals, and over the last decade has trained hundreds of scientists at dozens of universities and institutes about how to better communicate.

She grew up in Bristol and Montreal, studied biology in Yorkshire, and gained a PhD in Edinburgh studying the diseases of fruit flies.  She is a member of the writing tribe ‘Literature or Chickens’ with fellow journalists Niki Wilson, Jennifer HollandRegina Nuzzo and Katie Mast.

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