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Researcher-turned-journalist passionate about science communication and outreach. Skilled in pitching, reporting, writing and working with editors. Holds a PhD in virology and has utilized his doctoral training to produce meticulously researched and analytical journalism.

– Proficiency in written and oral science communication for general and specialist audiences

– Takes ownership of numerous writing projects while effectively working with commenters and editors

– Experience in experimental design and execution with a strong foundation in statistical and quantitative analysis


PhD Pathology

University of Cambridge & Diamond Light Source
Multi-modal imaging of herpesvirus infection

Summary: Used multiple microscopy techniques to probe the assembly of herpes simplex virus-1 in the cell and assess the functions of nine viral genes

MSc Integrated Immunology

University of Oxford


BSc Biology (Honours)

Imperial College London


Speech & Drama Diploma
Trinity College London


Freelance science journalist (present)

Significant experience writing news stories, news analyses, profiles, explainers, and feature articles for Live Science, Nature (upcoming), New Scientist, Science, Scientist Live, and The Scientist

Selected articles

News: Atlas of biomedical literature could help track down fabricated studies (Science)

Explainer: Why is it harder for some people to build muscle than others? (Live Science)

Feature: The truth about foods said to boost your immune system (New Scientist)

Beamline scientist (2022–present)

Diamond Light Source

Academic Publications

Co-corresponding (*) and first author

Nahas, K. L.*, Ferreira Fernandes, J., Crump, C., Graham, S. C. & Harkiolaki, M.* (2022) Contour: a semi-automated segmentation and quantitation tool for cryo-soft-X-ray tomography. Biological Imaging 2, E3. DOI: 10.1017/S2633903X22000046



First author

Unreviewed preprint: Nahas, K. L., Connor, V., Wijesinghe, K. J., Barrow, H. G., Dobbie, I. M., Harkiolaki, M., Graham, S. C., & Crump, C. M. (2024) Applying 3D correlative structured illumination microscopy and X-ray tomography to characterise herpes simplex virus-1 morphogenesis. bioRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/2024.03.13.584906

Nahas, K. L., Connor, V., Scherer, K. M., Kaminski, C. F., Harkiolaki, M.*, Crump, C. M.* & Graham, S. C.* (2022) Near-native state imaging by cryo-soft-X-ray tomography reveals remodelling of multiple cellular organelles during HSV-1 infection. PLOS Pathogens 18(7): e1010629. DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1010629



Middle author

Okolo, C. A., Kounatidis, I., Groen, J., Nahas, K. L., Balint, S., Fish, T. M., Koronfel, M. A., Cortajarena, A. L., Dobbie, I. M., Pereiro, E. & Harkiolaki, M*. (2021) Sample preparation strategies for efficient correlation of 3D SIM and soft X-ray tomography data at cryogenic temperatures. Nature Protocols 16, 2851–2885 DOI: 10.1038/s41596-021-00522-4

Vyas, N., Perry, N., Okolo, C., Kounatidis, I., Fish, T. M., Nahas, K. L., Jadhav, A., Koronfel, M. A., Groen, J., Pereiro, E., Dobbie, I. M.* & Harkiolaki, M.* (2021) Cryo-structured illumination microscopic data collection from cryogenically preserved cells. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 62274 DOI: 10.3791/62274

Okolo, C., Fish, T. M., Nahas, K.L., Jadhav, A., Vyas, N., Taylor, A. & Harkiolaki, M. (2022) A combination of soft X-ray and laser light sources offer 3D high content information on the native state of the cellular environment. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 2380(012042). DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/2380/1/012042

Harkiolaki, M., Vyas, N., Pizzey, C., Fish, T. M., Jadhav, A., Nahas, K.L. & Okolo, C. (2022) Synchrotron Radiation and Laser Light Microscopy Partnership for the Study of Biological Systems: The Case of Soft X-ray Tomography and Structured Illumination Microscopy at Cryogenic Temperatures. Microscopy & Microanalysis. 28(S1), 1328-1330. DOI: 10.1017/S1431927622005463


Media trips

Attending the inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum as a reporter.

Scientific Paper Writing & Publishing (Cofactor Ltd)
Science Communication (Steve Cross)
People Management (MTD Training)

Teaching and outreach
Tutoring University of Cambridge undergraduates on developmental biology (2020–2021)
Training students at B24 Correlative Cryo-Imaging Workshop, Diamond Light Source (2021)
Public engagement at the Cambridge Science Festival (2019)
Reviewed abstracts for the public science Wolfson Research Event (2022)


Session chair

Virus workshop: assembly, egress, and entry

Microbiology Society Annual Conference (2022)


Talk presenter

Biological Cryo-Imaging User Meetng at CCP-EM Spring Symposium (2024)

University of Cambridge internal meeting (2024)

Instruct-ERIC Soft-X-Ray Tomography Workshop (2023)

Microscience Microscopy Congress (2023)

Microbiology Society Annual Conference (2022)

Microscience Microscopy Congress (2021)

Microbiology Society Annual Conference (2021)

CCP-EM Spring Symposium (2019)


Poster presenter

World Molecular Imaging Congress (2023)

Microbiology Society Annual Conference (2019)

Wolfson College, Cambridge Research Event (2019)

Skills & Awards

Finding stories, conducting interviews, and writing, editing and fact-checking under time constraints

Cell & virus cloning, microscopy and statistics


Data Analysis
Linux, BASH, Python, R, Macro (ImageJ) & Microsoft


2016 winner of Faculty of Natural Sciences—Make A Difference competition for designing a patented quality test for frying oil (Imperial College London)

Oxford, UK


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