Sheherzad Preisler is a science journalist, and has worked for Ark Media since September 2017. She is currently a researcher for Gene. In the past, she has worked as a writer at Nautilus as well as Tonic, VICE Media's health and science vertical. Sheherzad graduated from Columbia University in 2015, with a major in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; she also followed the pre-medical track and conducted research in Siddhartha Mukherjee's lab during that time. She currently lives in Bushwick with her boyfriend and cat and enjoys boxing, DJing, and playing video games.