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What is Research Explained?

We want to empower everyone to understand the latest scientific research without having an advanced degree in the subject. Our team of scientists and designers works collaboratively to create balanced, easy-to-follow summaries and analyses of important scientific research. We also publish ratings of how popular news sites are covering these studies, so you can see how accurate the news coverage has been compared to the information actually written in the research paper.

As a team, we are committed to doing our very best to review each research study and news article with an open mind, but we recognize that science and communication are inherently human endeavors. There are times where we might fall short, be proven wrong, or our understanding will change as new information comes to light. We welcome any feedback or criticism, and where necessary, we will addend or edit our reviews. Reach out to us at

Meet The Team

Interested in helping? We're a remotely distributed team of volunteers, and we would love your help! In particular, we're looking for writers, scientists, and marketing/social media experts, but any help is appreciated. Contact us to learn more.


Neelaysh Vukkadala, MD


Neelaysh received his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Saint Louis University and completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he also completed an additional one year training program in Clinical and Translational Research. He is a resident physician in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University. He has published recommendations for otolaryngologists on COVID-19 and is currently co-principal investigator on a grant funded clinical trial assessing a therapeutic option for COVID-19.


Neil Gupta


Neil studied Computer Science and Psychology with a specialization in artificial intelligence and minor in business at Illinois Institute of Technology. He has founded two startups and worked in multiple industries, including education, energy, and IoT. He is currently CEO of Hiome, where he is building an AI to proactively manage your home for you. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games and automating things.

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Farzad Jalali-Yazdi, PhD


Farzad received his bachelor's of science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology from MIT, and completed his PhD work at USC on molecular evolution of diagnostic and therapeutic peptides via mRNA display. He has worked for two startup companies, working on sensitive and specific detection of disease biomarkers (after his undergraduate degree), and developing peptide therapeutics (after his PhD). He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in structural biology at Oregon Health and Science University, working to unravel the molecular mechanism of NMDA receptor modulation by Cryoelectron microscopy.

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Grace Ha, PhD


Grace received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and completed her PhD in Ecology at UC Davis/Bodega Marine Laboratory where she used various statistical methods on understanding seagrass ecosystem dynamics. Interested in the intersection between science and technology, she has previously worked as a contract research scientist at X and now as a program associate with Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, a philanthropic organization that funds new technology promoting ocean sustainability.

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Max Liu, PhD


Max received his bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University and master's degree in Medical Genetics at Cambridge University as part of the Gates-Cambridge fellowship program. He completed his PhD work in Neuroscience at UCSF where his research focused on the striatum and better understanding how this part of the brain contributes to decision-making. As part of UCSF's Medical Scientist Training Program, he is now completing his medical degree.


Shruti Gunda


Shruti received her bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts.



Jeremy Bancroft Brown, PhD


Jeremy received his bachelor's degree in Physics from The University of Chicago. While there, he did research on machine learning applications in medical imaging. He completed his doctoral work in Bioengineering at UCSF and UC Berkeley where his research focused on metabolic imaging of prostate cancer. He is now finishing his medical degree at UCSF.


Allison Wong, PhD


Allison Wong is an MD/PhD student at UCSF. Her PhD was in chemistry and chemical biology and in her thesis work she developed chemical tools to study protein kinases. Her background and interests include synthesis, proteomics and biochemistry. Her medical interests include addressing healthcare disparities in marginalized populations. In her free time she enjoys running long distances and picking up and putting down heavy objects, much to the bewilderment of her family.

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