Erin Garcia de Jesus is a staff writer at Science News. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington, where she studied virus/host co-evolution. After deciding science as a whole was too fascinating to spend a career studying one topic, she went on to earn a master’s in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in Nature News, Science, Eos, Smithsonian Voices and more, and she was the winter 2019 science writing intern at Science News.

All Stories by Erin Garcia de Jesus

  1. Plasmodium falciparum

    How malaria parasites hide from the human immune system

    By turning genes on or off, the parasite keeps blood levels low but persistent, so infection doesn’t set off alarm bells for the immune system.

  2. people wearing masks

    We still don’t know what COVID-19 immunity means or how long it lasts

    Without knowing how long immunity lasts, it may be impossible to reach herd immunity without a vaccine or an extremely high death toll.

  3. zebrafish

    A glowing zebrafish wins the 2020 Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition features snapshots that use microscopy to reveal some of Earth’s smallest hidden marvels.

  4. Star-nosed mole
    Science & Society

    ‘Great Adaptations’ unravels mysteries of amazing animal abilities

    Kenneth Catania has resorted to some unusual experiments to understand the lives of star-nosed moles, electric eels and other remarkable animals.

  5. President Trump arriving at Walter Reed
    Health & Medicine

    How will Trump’s COVID-19 treatments work together?

    Remdesivir, dexamethasone and monoclonal antibodies have individually shown success in clinical trials, but combining them is untested.

  6. small-banded kukri snake tearing open toad stomach

    This snake rips a hole in living toads’ stomachs to feast on their organs

    A particularly gruesome way to kill may help small-banded kukri snakes avoid toxins secreted from the neck and backs of some toads.

  7. COVID-19 patient in the ICU
    Health & Medicine

    Defects in early immune responses underlie some severe COVID-19 cases

    Scientists are finding that strong early immune responses to the coronavirus are crucial to protect some people from developing life-threatening symptoms.

  8. Cuvier's beaked whales

    A beaked whale’s nearly four-hour-long dive sets a new record

    The animals may rely on large stores of oxygen, a slow metabolism and the ability to tolerate lactic acid to go for hours without surfacing for air.

  9. man putting mask on youth
    Health & Medicine

    Early immune responses may be why younger people get less sick from COVID-19

    Age-related differences in coronavirus immune defenses hint that a boost in early immune responses from drugs or a vaccine could help protect people.

  10. monoclonal antibodies illustration
    Health & Medicine

    Antibodies made in the lab show some promise for treating COVID-19

    Preliminary results from two companies hint that the proteins can help COVID-19 patients from needing hospitalization or ventilation.

  11. College students walking down the street near Indiana University
    Health & Medicine

    A sobering breakdown of severe COVID-19 cases shows young adults can’t dismiss it

    Of about 3,200 people ages 18 to 34 hospitalized with COVID-19, nearly a quarter entered intensive care, and 10 percent were placed on ventilators.

  12. electric car charging
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, scientists were trying to develop a low-emission car

    Electric cars have surged in popularity, but the vehicles still contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.