Simar Bajaj ’20, who was previously published in Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine, continued his pursuits in scientific journalism over the summer, publishing a slew of articles in a wide range of respected publications. For Smithsonian Magazine, he covered the history of racial bias in the coverage of poxviruses. He also penned a story for The Washington Post on racism in the design of pulse oximeters, which do not function correctly with all skin colors, and wrote about pig-to-human heart transplants for The Guardian.
Bajaj became interested in science journalism after taking creative writing classes at Harvard, and to date has contributed 24 pieces for various outlets, including Time, WIRED and Scientific American. More of Bajaj’s journalistic work and other writings can be found at his website.