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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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What we know about the omicron variant

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A man receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. The omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, has now spread to at least a dozen other countries. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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Why some researchers think the omicron variant could be the most infectious one yet

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The omicron variant may be the most infectious one yet

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New coronavirus variant omicron is classified as a 'variant of concern'

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People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday as several countries announced travel bans in response to the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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Coronavirus FAQ: What is long COVID? And what is my risk of getting it?

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Scientists are learning more about the lingering symptoms of COVID-19

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A new study suggests that white-tailed deer, like the one here, could carry the virus SARS-CoV-2 indefinitely and spread it back to humans periodically. Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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How SARS-CoV-2 in American deer could alter the course of the global pandemic

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Lots of wild deer are getting SARS-CoV-2. Scientists say this could be a huge problem

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A child and a dog run along a beach in Haiti, from where health workers appear to have contracted a new coronavirus. Around the world, in Malaysia, a similar coronavirus has been found — apparently being passed to humans from dogs. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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New coronavirus, likely from dogs, infects people in Malaysia and Haiti

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COVID's endgame: Scientists have a clue about where SARS-CoV-2 is headed

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Lockdowns have been eased in the United Kingdom, but now there's a new variant called delta plus emerging. Will it take off the way delta did? Justin Setterfield/Getty Images hide caption

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People wonder if they should keep calm and carry on in the face of delta plus variant

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Scientists are starting to understand the likely endgame for COVID-19

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