I’m a freelance writer and science journalist who reports about health and life sciences.

What I Do

Science Journalism

I’m passionate about talking to researchers about their work and writing about topics that are relevant to current events. I’m currently the health writer for the Changing America section of The Hill.

Script Writing

I write scripts for science and general interest videos and have been a guest or written for podcasts.


My clients include Nature Medicine, Vox, The Scientist, Live Science, Medium, SciShow, and Scholastic.

About Me

My name is Chia-Yi Hou and my pronouns are she/her. When I was studying for my PhD in biology in Singapore and London, I started a travel blog. That blog turned into a greater drive to make writing my career.

In my PhD research, I focused on infectious disease ecology and how domestic animals, wildlife, and human populations may interact and share pathogens.

After I got that piece of paper, it took me some time to figure out what to do next. Eventually, I found my way into a fellowship to write about science on the video team for Business Insider. Then I interned for The Scientist where I wrote for print and web.

Now I’m pursuing a career in science journalism and I’m an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Based in New York City, I play ultimate (frisbee) in my free time and like to travel (I’m in Sri Lanka in this photo!).

To read some of my articles, check out this page.