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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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Trials and Error: Notable Cases of Misconduct in Oncology

The current state of clinical oncology gives many experts cause for optimism. Recent developments, including personalized medications and immunotherapy, show promise as the next generation of treatment. Before these new therapies can be given to patients, however, they must run the gauntlet of multiple clinical trials to verify their efficacy and safety. And, just as treatments are increasing in complexity, experts say the way trials are conducted must also adapt to meet the challenges of testing these approaches effectively.
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PI3K Inhibitors Provoke Cancer Counterattacks

Drugs that target the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway, which is active in virtually every cancer, provoke tumors to adapt and become more aggressive, according to an international team of investigators.
Clinical Oncology News Link to Story
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Research Biopsies Pose Barrier to Lung Trial Enrollment

Requiring participants in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) clinical trials to provide tumor tissue samples is “a significant barrier” to enrollment, according to a team of investigators in Canada.
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Try Using This Logic on Your Climate-Denying Relatives

If you can’t stand the heat, you probably believe that climate change is a real thing. That’s the conclusion of a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examining the connection between extremes of local weather and peoples’ belief — or non-belief — in global warming.
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Survival Benefit With Atezolizumab in NSCLC

Compared with docetaxel, atezolizumab, a programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) checkpoint inhibitor, “significantly improved” overall survival (OS) in patients with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to an international team of investigators.
Clinical Oncology News Link to Story
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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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Anesthesia and the Real-Time Mind

Fallopius of Padua, the 16th-century anatomist and physician, famously complained, “When soporifics are weak, they are useless, and when strong, they kill.”
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Soccer Players Show Signs of Brain Damage

Football has become notorious for the degeneration it causes in players' brains. Now a preliminary study of soccer players has found that frequently hitting the ball with the head may adversely affect brain structure and cognition. The study imaged the brains of 37 amateur soccer players, 21 to 44 years old, and found that players who reported “heading the ball” more frequently had microstructural changes in the white matter of their brains similar to those observed in patients with traumatic brain injury.
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Navigating nuclear: a visit to ANSTO

Nuclear reactors don’t get a lot of good press. It’s impossible to bring them up without mentioning the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of March 2011 in the same breath. But there’s a world of difference between a nuclear power plant, such as Fukushima Daiichi, and ANSTO’s Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) nuclear research reactor.
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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