Pratik Pawar

Science journalist based in India

Selected Writing


It Took 35 years to Get a Malaria Vaccine. Why?
At a time when Covid-19 vaccines were developed and authorized in less than one year, the delay for malaria raises an obvious question: Why did a vaccine for a leading global killer take so long to arrive? Undark Magazine, May 2022. Republished by: The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Science, Mother Jones

Drug-Resistant Malaria Is Emerging in Africa. Is the World Ready?
Resistance to the drug artemisinin was confirmed in Africa. Without better surveillance, it is hard to track the threat. Undark Magazine, January 2022. Republished by: NPR, The Wire Science, Salon, Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance

How COVID-19 created a perfect storm for a deadly fungal infection in India
Amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, numbers of rare but dangerous black fungal infections have skyrocketed. Science News, June 2021

Can animals predict earthquakes? Study on an Italian farm hints at an answer
There are many documented cases of strange animal behavior before earthquakes. Scientists finally put some farm animals to the test. Discover, July 2020

Science Policy

Strict biodiversity laws prevent Indian scientists from sharing new microbes with the world
“The claim on this wealth is meaningless if we cannot document it.” Science, October 2020


Netflix and Amazon Prime Video flout India's tobacco control regulations
Popular on-demand streaming services could be undermining India’s efforts in tobacco control. The Wire, April 2020

Dissecting the craft of biographical non-fiction writing: An interview with Samanth Subramanian
Samanth Subramanian’s A Dominant Character recounts the story of J.B.S. Haldane, whose life was torn between scientific integrity and political loyalty. The Open Notebook, October 2020


Headshot of the writer

Hi, I'm an independent science journalist based in Bangalore, India. My work has been published by Discover, NPR, Science News, The Wire, and Undark, among other publications. I am also an early-career fellow (2022) at The Open Notebook.

I was awarded the EurekAlert! Fellowship for International Science Reporters by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2020. I am also a recipient of the S. Ramaseshan Fellowship awarded by the Indian Academy of Sciences.

I cover stories about global health, ecology, and science policy. I'm interested in understanding the impact of science and science policy on society and the ethical and moral questions in such work. If you'd like to send a tip, chat, or just say hi, please drop me an email.