Faculty Profile

Apoorva Mandavilli

Apoorva Mandavilli, the internship coordinator at SHERP, is the director and executive editor of SFARI.org, the leading website for autism research news. She conceived and launched this website for The Simons Foundation, the largest non-governmental source of funding for autism research. Prior to that, she was senior news editor of the prominent biomedical journal Nature Medicine, During her stint there, she reported on the ground in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S., primarily about infectious diseases and neuroscience, and wrote an opinion column for Nature’s news website. She has also worked as U.S. news editor of the online publication BioMedNet News, as health editor for the New York Times-owned website About.com, as a reporter for a weekly newspaper, and has dabbled in radio journalism. She has an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from SHERP in 1999. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Nature, Discover, Technology Review, Women's Health, O, The Oprah Magazine and National Public Radio's Science Friday.