Fayth Tan, Ph.D.

Science Communicator · Biologist

Pasadena, California, United States of America

Research Expertise

Regeneration Biology
Developmental Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology
Science Communication
Science Writing


Award-winning science writer and communicator with >7 years of experience as an academic biologist. Available for opportunities to consult on topics including regeneration biology, inflammation and fibrosis, aging, stem cell biology, metabolic disease, and animal physiology—or how best to communicate them to your target audience. I can also speak on effective science communication for researchers. My graduate research was in animal regeneration, using mouse models to investigate how physiology affects regenerative ability in the mouse digit tip and the neonatal mouse heart. I've published on novel methods to induce mouse digit regeneration, and analyzed the single-cell transcriptome of neonatal cardiac stem cells to identify potential developmental changes that may cause the loss of regenerative ability in older mice. As a science writer and communicator, I write about how science and technology impact and are impacted by society and culture. My work was recognized by the National Academy of Sciences in 2022, winning the Schmidt Prize for Excellence in Science Communication—an award of $20,000 that was given to 24 scientists and journalists from over 550 submissions. I've been commissioned by companies and non-profits to write about subjects from AI-powered drug discovery to the use of metaphor in neuroscience—my work doesn't shy away from niche, interdisciplinary and unexpected topics. <br> <br> <br> <br>


A conserved strategy for inducing appendage regeneration

Nov 22, 2020

Abrams, M. J., Tan, F., Basinger, T., Heithe, M., Li, Y., Raffiee, M., Leahy, P., Dabiri, J. O., Gold, D. A., & Goentoro, L. (2020). A conserved strategy for inducing appendage regeneration. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.11.21.392720

Markedly heterogeneous COVID-19 testing plans among US colleges and universities

Aug 11, 2020

Booeshaghi, A. S., Tan, F., Renton, B., Berger, Z., & Pachter, L. (2020). Markedly heterogeneous COVID-19 testing plans among US colleges and universities. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.09.20171223

Regenerative loss in the animal kingdom as viewed from the mouse digit tip and heart

Developmental Biology / Mar 01, 2024

Tan, F. H., & Bronner, M. E. (2024). Regenerative loss in the animal kingdom as viewed from the mouse digit tip and heart. Developmental Biology, 507, 44–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ydbio.2023.12.008


California Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Biology, Biology and Bioengineering / June, 2023

Pasadena, California, United States of America

University of California San Diego

B.S Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography / June, 2018

La Jolla, California, United States of America


California Institute of Technology

Graduate Researcher / September, 2018June, 2023


Science Writer / December, 2021Present

Write features, profiles, essay, reportage and creative non-fiction. Bylines in Nature, Electric Literature, The Xylom etc.

Schmidt Sciences

Science Writer / October, 2023Present

Interview and profile Schmidt Sciences AI 2050 Initiative Fellows, collectively elevating research agendas in the use, development or impacts of AI worth >$12 million

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