About CRI

Matthew Tontonoz

Matthew Tontonoz

Senior Science Writer

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Matt came to CRI in July 2013, after a decade of working in scientific publishing as both an editor and a writer. He is the co-author of Scientific American—Biology for a Changing World, an innovative undergraduate textbook published by W. H. Freeman. As principal science writer for the project, he was responsible for pitching and writing newsworthy stories that demonstrate biology’s increasing relevance to daily life. He has been a development editor for such texts as Molecular Cell Biology, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, and Kuby Immunology. He enjoys translating difficult scientific concepts into language easily understood by lay audiences, and is eager to do more of this at CRI.

Matt has a B.A. in biology from Wesleyan and an M.A. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. After a brief stint trying to ‘do’ science in a lab, he realized that his true passion is writing about it. He thinks science should be fun to read and enjoys trying to bridge the science-humanities divide. 

Matt is very excited to be a part of the CRI team. He has a longstanding interest in immunology going back to high school when he became motivated to understand the biology of HIV/AIDS. Cancer immunotherapy is a new area of inquiry for him, but one that inspires a great deal of personal as well as professional interest.

“The more I learn about cancer immunotherapy and CRI’s pivotal role in shaping this important field, the more I am honored to help communicate its critical contributions to a wider audience.”
— Matt