Ricki Lewis, PhD

Dr. Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics from Indiana University. She has published thousands of articles in science, medical, and consumer outlets, and currently writes the weekly DNA Science blog at Public Library of Science, is Senior Medical Writer at Genetic Literacy Project, and is technical editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. She has authored intro biology and human anatomy and physiology textbooks, and her “Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications” (McGraw-Hill) is used all over the world. She is author of “Human Genetics: The Basics” (Taylor and Francis), “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It” (St. Martin’s Press), and an essay collection (Blackwell Science). Dr. Lewis has taught human genetics at the University at Albany and online “Genethics” for the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. She is a genetic counselor for a private medical practice. Dr. Lewis is a breast and thyroid cancer survivor and in 2018 discovered a dozen half-siblings, courtesy of a long-ago sperm donation.