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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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When COVID-19 first broke out in Wuhan, scientists tracked a large number of the cases to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan. Above: The Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team departs the market on Jan. 11, 2020, after it had been shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Encouraging Collaboration Early On Can Lead To More Helpful Children Later

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The Origins Of COVID-19? WHO Report Points To A Bat After All

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World Health Organization investigative team member Peter Daszak (shown here during a trip to China in February) tells NPR that the group's report calls for additional research on farms that breed exotic animals in southern China. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A researcher with Franceville International Medical Research Centre collects bats in a net on November 25, 2020 inside a cave in Gabon. Scientists are looking for potential sources for a possible next coronavirus pandemic. Steeve Jordan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Next Pandemic: Scientists Fear Another Coronavirus Could Jump From Animals To Humans

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Understanding Where Coronaviruses Come From And How They Enter Humans

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The author's daughter, Rosy, at age 2 as she does dishes — voluntarily. Getting her involved in chores did lead to the kitchen being flooded and dishes being broken. But she is still eager to help. Michaeleen Doucleff/NPR hide caption

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Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix

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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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Indigenous health care workers treat patients last week at a campaign hospital set up in the Parque das Tribos neighborhood of Manaus, Brazil. Oxygen shortages at hospitals in Brazil's Amazon prompted authorities to airlift patients to other states. Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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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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