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Niko McCarty


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I'm the Data Reporter at Spectrum, an autism news site in New York City. My work has appeared in Retraction Watch, Scientific American, Forbes, The Counter and elsewhere. Prior to journalism, I was a scientist for 7 years, developing CRISPR tools and studying the link between diabetes and heart failure.


M.A. in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting | New York University

M.S. in Bioengineering | California Institute of Technology

MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology | Imperial College London (Fulbright Scholar)

B.S. in Biochemistry | University of Iowa

Published Research / Patents

Google Scholar

Ireland WT, Beeler SM, Flores-Bautista E, McCarty NS, Röschinger T, Belliveau NM, Sweredowski MJ, Moradian A, Kinney JB, Phillips R. “Deciphering the regulatory genome of Escherichia coli, one hundred promoters at a time.” eLife (2020). Read

McCarty NS, Graham AE, Studena L and Ledesma-Amaro R. “Multiplexed CRISPR technologies for gene editing and transcriptional regulation.” Nature Communications (2020). Read

Riehle C, Weatherford ET, Wende AR, Jaishy BP, Seei AW, McCarty NS, Rech M, Shi Q, Reddy GR, Kutschke WJ, Oliveira K, Pires KM, Anderson JC, Diakos NA, Weiss RM, White MF, Drakos SG, Xiang YK and Abel ED. “Insulin Receptor Substrates Differentially Exacerbate Insulin-Mediated Left Ventricular Remodeling.” JCI Insight (2020). Read

McCarty NS, Shaw WM, Ellis T and Ledesma-Amaro R. “Rapid Assembly of gRNA Arrays via Modular Cloning in Yeast.” ACS Synthetic Biology (2019). Plasmids on Addgene. Read

McCarty NS and Ledesma-Amaro R. “Synthetic Biology Tools to Engineer Microbial Consortia for Biotechnology.” Trends in Biotechnology (2019). Featured in the Trends Collection on Communication. Read

Riehle C, Scharf GM, Sieweke JT, Zauner F, Flierl U, Treptau J, Zormpas C, Senf J, McCarty NS, Bauersachs J, Sedding DG and Westhoff-Bleck M. “Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis Associated with Endocarditis in a Patient with Transposition of the Great Arteries and Mechanical Valve Replacement.” Cardiovascular Pathology (2017). Read

McCarty NS, Razo-Mejia M and Phillips R. “Genetic Barcodes Enable Quantitative Mapping of Operator Mutants to Gene Expression” Biophysical Journal (2020). Abstract for the Biophysical Society meeting, San Diego, CA. Read

Beal J, et al. “Comparative analysis of three studies measuring fluorescence from engineered bacterial genetic constructs (2021), Interlab contributor. PLOS ONE. Read