Dan Ferber is a freelance science and medical journalist in Urbana, Ill., who covers research and clinical news for WebMD. He also writes news and feature articles for Science, is a contributing correspondent for Science's online news service, ScienceNow, and is a staff writer for HMS Beagle. His articles have also appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including BioMedNews, Sierra magazine, and the Illinois Times. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the National Writers Union.
Dan graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in zoology. He earned a PhD in biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1993 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in microbiology for three years at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) before jumping full-time into the world of science and medical journalism. He earned a master's in journalism at UIUC, where he was a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society, and won the Marian Baruck Brody award there for the best feature article in 1998.