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Michaeleen Doucleff

Correspondent, Science Desk

Michaeleen Doucleff is a correspondent for NPR's Science Desk. She reports for the radio and the Web for NPR's global health and development blog, Goats and Soda. Doucleff focuses on disease outbreaks, drug development, and trends in global health.

In 2014, Doucleff was part of the team that earned a George Foster Peabody award for its coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. For the series, Doucleff reported on how the epidemic ravaged maternal health and how the virus spreads through the air. In 2015, Doucleff and Senior Producer Jane Greenhalgh reported on the extreme prejudices faced by young women in Nepal when they're menstruating. Their story was the second most popular one on the NPR website in 2015 and contributed to the NPR series on 15-year-old girls around the world, which won two Gracie Awards.

As a science journalist, Doucleff has reported on a broad range of topics, from vaccination fears and the microbiome to beer biophysics and dog psychology.

Before coming to NPR in 2012, Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture. Doucleff has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berkeley, California, and a master's degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis.

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Can Frozen Food Spread The Coronavirus?

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Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted Through Frozen Food Shipments?

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World Health Organization Finishes Investigation Into Origins Of COVID-19

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An illustration of the variant found in the United Kingdom. To infect a cell, the virus's spike protein (red) has to bind to a receptor on the cell's surface (blue). Mutations help the virus bind more tightly. Science Source hide caption

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Extraordinary Patient Offers Surprising Clues To Origins Of Coronavirus Variants

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Following the recent surge in cases including the new variant of Covid-19, the most recent lockdown in the United Kingdom advises all citizens to follow the message to stay at home, protect the hospital system and save lives. Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images hide caption

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What The Spread Of Coronavirus Variants Means For The U.S.

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Moderna Is Working On Booster Shot To Protect Against COVID-19 Variant

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Workers check oxygen tanks at a hospital in Manaus, Brazil. Severe oxygen shortages as a second coronavirus wave is surging have prompted local authorities to airlift patients to other parts of Brazil. Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Reinfections More Likely With New Coronavirus Variants, Evidence Suggests

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Scientists Worry About Coronavirus Variant Spreading In Brazil

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A coronavirus variant that is thought to be more contagious was detected in the United States in Elbert County, Colo., not far from this testing site in Parker, Colo. The variant has been detected in several U.S. states. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images hide caption

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What Happens If U.K. Variant Of The Coronavirus Spreads In The U.S.?

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What Will It Take To End The COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Why Viruses Mutate: Breaking Down The New Coronavirus Variant

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How Worried Should We Be About The New U.K. Coronavirus Variant?

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