Dean Haycock is a freelance science and medical writer based in New York. He earned a PhD from the Department of Biology and Medicine at Brown University in 1985. His research as been published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Brain Research, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and other academic journals.
As a graduate student, he studied neurobiology with a special emphasis in neuropharmacology. His doctoral thesis was on catecholamine synthesis regulation in the central nervous system. With the support of fellowships from the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, he studied protein phosphorylation systems in the brain during postdoctoral studies at the Rockefeller University in New York between 1985 and 1987.
In 1987, he began work in the pharmaceutical industry as a senior research investigator in the Department of Neuroscience at the Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceutical Research Division of Sterling Drug Inc. in Rensselaer, N.Y.
Since 1993, he has been a full-time freelance writer. In addition to WebMD, his clients have included the American Health Consultants' biotechnology daily newsletters BioWorld Today and BioWorld International, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newton's Apple, Current Biology, BioMedNet, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Gale Encyclopedia of Science; the National Institutes of Health's Environmental Health Perspectives and NCRR Reporter; The Copley News Service, The American Chemical Society's Reaction Times; Upstate New Yorker magazine, and other magazines and newspapers. He has consulted for The American Institute for Research in Washington, D.C., and Integrated Strategic Information Services Inc. in California.
Since its inception, he as served as the book editor and a contributor for HMS Beagle, an online magazine for biomedical researchers sponsored by Elsevier's BioMedNet.
He is a member of the American Association of Medical Writers, the National Association of Science Writers, and the National Writers Union.