Hi there! I’m a freelance science journalist and former AAAS Fellow at WIRED. I’m also an assistant editor with Massive Science and member of the National Association of Science Writers.

I have a PhD in chemical & biological engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. In that past life as a scientist, I designed nanoparticles to kill drug resistant bacteria.

I am based in Los Angeles, California, and I write, edit, and fact check stories across all science in many formats, including quick-turn news, in-depth news analysis or trends, features, profiles, and science service stories for kids and students.

Lately, I’ve been writing about health, brains, space, tech, environment, nature, math, physics, and (of course) chemistry.

My work has appeared in WIRED, Smithsonian, Quanta Magazine, The Verge, Massive Science, SAPIENS, Vox, Science Magazine, The Revelator, 5280, Chemistry World, and has been republished by outlets including The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and Salon.

Select works with Massive Science

Author page at WIRED

Features | Full portfolio here

News | More news

Profiles and Q&A | More interviews

In-depth News, Trends & Explainers | More here

Video Research & Writing | More here

In addition to writing stories, I am available for editing, fact-checking, or research work. Get in touch about potential assignments, news tips, or anything else, via email: “max” + “levy” + “sci” at gmail dotcom