Every so often, I extend an invitation to interested scientists who might want to volunteer to write for Ouroboros. The last two rounds of invitations have garnered four wonderful contributors (An aged post-doc, lizewen, mikeisnt and turritopsis). We haven’t added anyone in a few months, however, so I thought it might be time to issue another invitation.

Do you want to write for Ouroboros? The three main criteria are as follows:

  • Be a working scientist in a field relevant to the biology of aging.
  • Have strong English writing skills, and a perfectionist streak about your prose.
  • Be willing and able to commit to writing a ~500-word post based on a recent journal article about the biology of aging, around once every two weeks.

Writers tend to converge on subjects that interest them, so it would be nice if you had a sense of what sort of pieces you’d like to cover. Our current contributors are working on calorie restriction, transcriptomics and systems biology, telomeres, and mitochondria — but that leaves a lot of ground un-covered.

Here are some topics I’d love to have someone covering:

  • neurodegeneration
  • protein degradation and autophagy
  • model organisms (e.g., “all worm studies” or “yeast as a model system”)
  • cellular senescence
  • stem cells
  • bioinformatics and genomics

The list isn’t exhaustive; those are just examples. Hopefully your choice of subject would be a subfield in which you have some formal expertise, though that’s not a requirement (clearly, I’m mostly dealing in subjects in which I have no training other than my general biological background).

If you’re interested, let me know via email. How this works: you get in touch, we chat a bit, you submit a ~500-word test article to see how well we work together, and then we go forward from there.

Hope to hear from you soon!