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Emily Singer

Opinion and community editor
The Transmitter

Emily Singer commissions and edits scientist-written content and develops new resources for the community. She joined The Transmitter in 2023 and has previously held a variety of editorial roles at the Simons Foundation, including editor for neuroscience collaborations, and senior biology writer and contributing editor at Quanta Magazine. Before joining the foundation, she was biomedical editor at Technology Review.


  • Certificate in science communication, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • B.A. in biology, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

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