Bijal Trivedi is an award-winning freelance writer specializing in science, medicine, and health. Her work has taken her from the hidden vaults of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Serengeti Plains to Moscow’s Star City where she blasted off with space tourism entrepreneurs on the “Vomit Comet” for astronaut training. Her work has appeared in Discover, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, Science, Self, Nature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Scientist, The Economist, National Geographic, Technology Review.com,The Boston Globe, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences among others. She has also contributed chapters to State of the Wild 2006, published by Island Press.
For the past seven years Trivedi has focused on long-form feature stories on complex scientific topics from genetic testing and art authentication to the carbon footprint of our diet and genetically modified mosquitoes. Her New Scientist story “Slimming for Slackers” won the 2006 Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award. “Life on Hold,” also written for New Scientist, won the 2005-2006 Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award. “The Rembrandt Code,” published in Wired, was tagged “Outstanding story on any subject: Print” by the South Asian Journalists Association. Trivedi co-authored “A Guide To Your Genome” that won the 2009 National Institutes of Health “Gold” Plain Language Award. Most recently, her feature “The Wipeout Gene” was selected for the The Best American Science and Nature Writing: 2012.
Trivedi is the former editor for the NIH Director’s Blog, which shares compelling images, basic biology, and cutting edge clinical studies with the general public.
Trivedi also worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic News Service, a wire service that she helped launch in partnership with the New York Times Syndicate. Prior to that, she worked as a staff writer for Genome News Network, an online magazine for the general public about genetics, genomics, and medicine.
Trivedi taught in New York University’s graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program from 2007-2012.
Trivedi holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Oberlin College, an MS in molecular, cell, and developmental biology from UCLA, and an MA in science journalism from NYU. She is also trained in International Latin style ballroom dancing and has competed in pro-am ballroom competition. Trivedi has lived in the UK and Australia, and is now based in Washington, DC.