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Michaeleen Doucleff

Correspondent, Science Desk

Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, is a correspondent for NPR's Science Desk. For nearly a decade, she has been reporting for the radio and the web for NPR's global health outlet, Goats and Soda. Doucleff focuses on disease outbreaks, cross-cultural parenting, and women and children's 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 2019, Doucleff and Senior Producer Jane Greenhalgh produced a story about how Inuit parents teach children to control their anger. That story was the most popular one on NPR.org for the year; altogether readers have spent more than 16 years worth of time reading it.

In 2021, Doucleff published a book, called Hunt, Gather, Parent, stemming from her reporting at NPR. That book became a New York Times bestseller.

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 bachelor degree in biology from Caltech, a doctorate in physical 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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Black Death survivors gave descendants a genetic advantage — but with a cost

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Researchers extracted DNA from the remains of people buried in the East Smithfield plague pits, which were used for mass burials in 1348 and 1349. Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) hide caption

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Black Death survivors gave their descendants a genetic advantage — but with a cost

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Studies show that monkeypox isn't easy to catch from respiratory droplets or contaminated objects. It's one of the reasons that the virus hasn't spread more widely in the U.S. AP hide caption

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Monkeypox cases in the U.S. are way down — can the virus be eliminated?

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Monkeypox cases in the U.S. have been falling since a peak in early August

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What science has to say about so-called COVID superdodgers

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Do some people have built-in protection against a COVID infection? Laura Gao for NPR hide caption

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So you haven't caught COVID yet. Does that mean you're a superdodger?

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Tennis great Rafael Nadal of Spain might think twice about shaking off his beads of perspiration. It turns out that sweat leads to a surprising health benefit. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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Why stinky sweat is good for you

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Facing a monkeypox vaccines shortage, the U.S. is pursuing a new dosing strategy

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A health-care worker prepares to administer a free monkeypox vaccine in Wilton Manors, Florida. The question: Can vaccination slow the outbreak? Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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The doctor to detect the monkeypox outbreak tried to warn about how it was spreading

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Monkeypox: The myths, misconceptions — and facts — about how you catch it

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Can the monkeypox outbreak be stopped? Some experts say it's too late

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Dr. Dimie Ogoina, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Niger Delta University in Nigeria. Over the past few years, he has tried to warn health officials that the monkeypox virus had changed, but few listened. Right: The monkeypox isolation ward of Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Dr. Dimie Ogoina hide caption

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He discovered the origin of the monkeypox outbreak — and tried to warn the world

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