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Ricki Lewis

Ricki Lewis

Ricki Lewis Biography

Ricki Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. After writing several textbooks and thousands of magazine articles, she is most excited about her first narrative nonfiction book, "The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It," published by St. Martin's Press in March 2012. It is the story of a lifetime: a reborn biotechnology that gave the gift of sight to an 8-year-old. In a compelling, novel-like style, Ricki chronicles the ups and downs of gene therapy through the eyes of the children, parents, researchers, and dogs who have experienced it.

Ricki grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and went to Stony Brook University. She earned her doctorate in 1980 from Indiana University, working with flies that had legs growing out of their heads and mouths. Not seeing a bright future in healing insect appendages, Ricki took a graduate science journalism course, and her life changed.

After grad school, Ricki did a stint as an assistant professor at Miami University, where they needed a person under 80 with two X chromosomes to teach human genetics. She also began writing health-related articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Sunday magazine. Shortly before leaving Ohio for upstate New York 18 months later, about to burst forth her first F1 (genetics-speak for offspring), Ricki encountered five academic publishers waving contracts for college textbooks. She signed her life away.

Four textbooks (in many editions) and streams of articles followed. Ricki was the founding author of the intro biology textbook Life, and is a co-author of two human anatomy and physiology textbooks. But her favorite is Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, now in its tenth edition, all for McGraw-Hill Higher Education. She published an essay collection, Discovery: Windows on the Life Sciences, for Blackwell Science in 2001. Her first novel, Stem Cell Symphony, was published in January 2008, and is based on her experiences as a hospice volunteer. Routledge Press’s "The Basics" series published Human Genetics: The Basics in 2010.

Ricki’s articles have appeared in scientific, medical, and consumer publications, including Discover, The Scientist, Science, Nature, Playgirl, Self, Health, Woman’s World, Genetic Engineering News, High Technology, The New York Times Book Review, FDA Consumer, BioScience, Cambridge Healthtech Associates and the Cure Huntington Disease Initiative.

Ricki does things other than write. Since 1984 she has provided genetic counseling for parents-to-be at CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady, NY. She taught a variety of life science courses at SUNY Albany, Empire State College, Schenectady County Community College, and a traveling children’s museum. She currently teaches "Genethics" online for master’s degree students at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center. Ricki loves to read, garden, exercise, and collect roadkill.

Today Ricki is a regular guest blogger for Scientific American, writes news for Medscape Today, and is mulling over her next book project.

Volunteer activities include hospice, the Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning, and several committees for the American Society of Human Genetics. She is a frequent public speaker.

Ricki is married to Larry Lewis, a chemist at GE, and they live near Schenectady, NY and sometimes on Martha’s Vineyard. They have three grown daughters, many felines, and a tortoise. Ricki loves hippos and drives a royal blue mini-Cooper named Tawanda.

(Photo: Ricki Lewis taken on the publication date for The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, 3/13/12)

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Ricki Lewis talks with BookBrowse about her book The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It

Publication of The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It by St. Martin's Press in March 2012 capped a 30-year career as a science/medical writer. Since earning my PhD in genetics in 1980, I've been author or co-author of several college life science textbooks for McGraw-Hill Higher Education; published thousands of magazine articles in everything from Playgirl to Discover to The Scientist; and published a short genetics book, an essay collection, and a novel. Since 1984 I've provided genetic counseling for an ob/gyn practice and taught at several institutions. I currently teach "Genethics" online for the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, write news for Medscape Today, and guest blog for Scientific American. My blog, Genetic Linkage, is on my website, www.rickilewis.com.

Ricki Lewis, April 15, 2012


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