Nessa Carey published her first popular science book in 2011 and has specialised in introducing the public to the strangest and most important aspects of the latest genetic research in ‘The Epigenetics Revolution’ (2011); ‘Junk DNA’ (2015); ‘Hacking the Code of Life – How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures’ (2019).
Carey was awarded a biological sciences PhD from the University of Edinburgh and until 2001 was a senior lecturer at Imperial College London, where she is now a visiting professor. Whilst an academic she worked on sabbatical at the Karolinska Institute. She left academia to move to the drug discovery industry and spent nearly 15 years working at the interface between cutting edge basic science and the creation of new therapies to treat and cure human diseases.
Carey now specialises in supporting scientists and institutions in moving basic research out of the lab and into directions where it can have positive impacts on health, society and the economy. She has been hired as an innovation consultant by some of the UK’s leading research institutions. She has trained academics and technology transfer specialists all over the world, and especially in China and SE Asia.