ALLA KATSNELSON (U.S.) Alla Katsnelson is an independent science journalist based in western Massachusetts. She has written about health, medicine, and the life sciences for publications including The New York Times, Science Magazine, and BBC Focus. Alla is an alumna of the UC Santa Cruz science journalism program. She also earned a doctorate at the University of Oxford, where she studied how environmental influences shape the brain. Her research background has propelled her interest in and reporting on how biological and societal factors intertwine in child development.