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Ajai Raj

Science Journalist, Copywriter, and Editor

Plano, TX

Ajai Raj

Ajai Raj is an experienced journalist specializing in health and science reporting, with a knack for making complex concepts simple to understand. He is also a skilled editor and copyeditor, with extensive proofreading and fact-checking experience. Ajai is available for writing and editing work of all kinds. He is a graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York and the University of Texas at Austin. Ajai is writing this bio in the third person, because that's what one does.

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Soon, It Will Cost Less To Sequence A Genome Than To Flush A Toilet — And That Will Change Medicine Forever

We don't traditionally think of flushing the toilet as an action that costs money. But actually the cost of a flush comes in at about 1 cent. Imagine if sequencing a genome was that easy and cheap? Soon, that could be a reality, according to a leading genome researcher. He predicts we will be sequencing genomes for pennies as soon as 2020.
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About

Ajai Raj

Welcome to my longer, first-person bio. My name is Ajai Raj, and I've been working as a freelance journalist for a little over five years now, with a particular focus on science, health, and medicine. I enjoy taking complex concepts and making them both simple to understand and entertaining to read.

I graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City in 2013 with an MA in health and science reporting. During that time I interned at COSMOS, a science magazine in Sydney, Australia, as well as at Popular Science. Subsequent to those internships, I freelanced for both publications, as well as working stints as a fact-checker for Popular Science.

Within the science and medicine realm, my bread and butter has been writing for medical trade journals across a range of medical specialties, including clinical oncology, gastroenterology, pain medicine, and anesthesiology. Recently my beat has expanded to include climate change and other general interest science stories, as well.

I also have a number of gee-whiz science stories under my belt, as well as reviews of art, literature, and performance that engages with science in some way.

I think my portfolio reflects my skill and versatility as a writer. I can write straight news, wry humor, and thoughtful reflection with equal ease, and I welcome any challenge that stretches my voice or expands my knowledge.

In addition to writing, I have experience copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking, and am happy to offer my services in these areas.

Like any good mercenary, my skills are your assets, for the right price. If you'd like to work together, please get in touch: ajairaj [at] gmail [dot] com.

Good night, and godspeed.

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Skills

  • Querying PubMed and similar
  • Content Management Systems
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • MS Office Suite
  • Copywriting
  • Feature Writing
  • Newswriting
  • Technical Writing
  • Research
  • Fact-checking
  • Proofreading
  • Copyediting
  • Editing
  • Interviewing
  • Reporting