John is Director of Science at Primer, an artificial intelligence company headquartered in San Francisco, California. He is known for his career prior to Primer as a science journalist and Harvard University biologist, most notably with his “Gonzo Scientist” online series at Science Magazine and his creation of the annual “Dance Your PhD” contest. His investigative journalism work includes: critiquing the Lancet surveys of Iraq War casualties (2006), uncovering serious problems with the peer review process at a large number of journals that charge fees to authors (2013) and showing how uncritical mass media can be of claims made in fake scientific papers (2015).
Another facet of The Moving Cell Project has been the growing collaboration with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon. This relationship has resulted in A Modest Proposal, and The Facts of Life Talk
Another aspect of The Moving Cell Project is BLM’s Spacewalk or Zero Gravity Dance in which BLM contends that dance artists are uniquely qualified to appreciate and fully engage the challenges and opportunity of movement in zero gravity environments. In collaboration with Robert Hammel, Perimeter Productions and John Bohannon BLM created a video enititled Spacewalk as a speculation on the unique capabilities of earthbound dancers to navigate zero gravity environments. Zero Gravity Dance which premiered live at 2011 TEDx Brussels is an argument in movement for dancers being the next humans to follow astronauts into space.