Robert Finn graduated from the University of Chicago with an
A.B. in biological sciences and intended to pursue a career as a
research neuroscientist. After several years in graduate school,
in the Department of Psychobiology at the University of California, Irvine,
he realized that he preferred writing about science to actually doing it.
Robert left with an M.S. degree to pursue a career as a science writer.
For a number of years, he worked full-time at the California Institute of
Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, doing science writing for Caltech's
research magazine and then for the news media, explaining scientific
Since 1992, Robert has been a full-time freelance writer. He has
written hundreds of articles for dozens of publications, including
Discover, Men's Fitness, the Los Angeles Times, and
The Scientist, where he is a contributing editor. Although
he has written about practically all areas of science, he specializes
in biomedicine and in science policy. He estimates that he has
interviewed close to 1,000 scientists, physicians, and other
experts during his career.
Robert has been fascinated with the drug development process
and clinical trials since college. Several years ago he worked for a
contract research organization, writing chapters for highly
technical books intended for scientists interested in clinical trials.
Cancer Clinical Trials is Robert's first book. He is now working
on a book on organ transplants.