Apoorva Mandavilli is a science journalist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker online, Slate, Popular Science, Discover, and others. She is also director of SFARI.org, the leading website for autism research news. She conceived and launched this website as editorially independent from its funder, the Simons Foundation. Prior to that, she was senior news editor of Nature Medicine, reporting from Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S., primarily about infectious diseases and neuroscience, and wrote an opinion column for Nature’s news website. She is an adjunct faculty member in New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.