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Staff Profile: Steven I. Benowitz

Steven I. Benowitz, M.A.

Science Writer, Communications Branch

Office of Policy, Communications and Education

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Steve Benowitz is a science writer in NCATS’ Communications Branch, where he writes news and feature stories on Center-wide research efforts and works with reporters to facilitate news coverage. He joined NCATS in 2016, after several years at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). At NHGRI, Benowitz primarily covered the extramural research program, which includes basic science research programs like The Cancer Genome Atlas and ENCODE, as well as genomic medicine programs.

Benowitz has worked in research communications for more than 30 years at various institutions and organizations, including The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Jefferson University and Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, where he was director of communications. As a journalist and freelance writer, he has written for Science News and The Scientist, authored a section on basic science discovery for the HHMI Bulletin, and was a contributing writer for more than a decade for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Benowitz holds a B.S. in biology and an M.A. in journalism, both from Pennsylvania State University.

Professional Interests

Since coming to NCATS, Benowitz has enjoyed writing about a wide range of translational science research activities and learning about NCATS programs and people.