Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; Columbia Journalism Review; and elsewhere, and she is a contributing editor for Popular Science. She has also been a correspondent for NPR and PBS. A former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle, she blogs at Culture Dish, hosted by Seed Magazine's Science Blogs. Skloot has an undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Colorado State University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught in creative writing programs at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Memphis, and in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is her first book.