Brianna Abbott

Contributing writer

Brianna Abbott is a contributing writer at Spectrum. She is a science journalist based in New York City, covering neuroscience, health and the environment, and is a graduate of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. She has a B.A. in chemistry and a B.A. in creative writing from Providence College in Rhode Island.


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