Elizabeth Finkel is Editor-in-Chief of Cosmos Magazine, a popular science magazine that she cofounded in 2005. It represents her third metamorphosis in an entirely scientific career that began with a PhD in biochemistry from Melbourne University. Then, at the University of California, San Francisco, she explored the age-old mystery of how the mush of an egg is sculpted into an embryo.
Returning to Melbourne in 1998, Dr Finkel turned to freelance journalism. She regularly contributed to the American magazine Science, the ABC Science Show and Cosmos magazine. She has also authored two books: “Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science” in 2005, which won the Queensland premier’s Literary award and “The Genome Generation” in 2012, which was on the recommended reading list at Texas A&M.
She has won numerous journalism awards, most recently, the 2015 Eureka Award for Science Journalism.