Jennifer Berglund

Jennifer Berglund is a journalist, photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer based in Boston. She travels the world to tell stories about science.

Associated articles

IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2017
Imaging Depression
On a balmy evening in mid-May 2017, Chris Cornell, the legendary head of the internationally renowned rock band Soundgarden, strummed his last chord at the Fox Theater in Detroit and headed to the MGM Grand Hotel. According to the police... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2014
Decoding Dance
Laurent and Larry Bourgeois look more like cyborgs than humans when they dance. Their movements are impossible—their upper bodies gyrating independently of their lower extremities. Their moves are sporadic, easily mistaken as a video editing trick of starting, freezing, speeding... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2019
Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases
Just 2 miles northeast of sleek downtown skyscrapers, across the Buffalo Bayou River from the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park, lies a landscape greener than most of the urban sprawl, but absent the charm of typical Southern suburbia. The Fifth... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2016
More Than Just Monkey Business
The science of the microbiome is arguably one of the hottest topics in medicine, and rightfully so. A deeper understanding of the ecology of the flora in our bodies is providing revolutionary insight beyond the simple form and function of... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2018
Technology You Can Swallow
Around 6 p.m. each evening, the streets of Boston’s suburbs come alive with the physically fit and those aspiring to be. They are runners, bikers, walkers, and scooter riders of all different body shapes and ages who would seem to... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2015
The Great Divide
Bruce Wheeler.(Photo courtesy of Bruce Wheeler.) For decades, BME has been touted worldwide as the rising star in engineering disciplines. The number of technological advancements that can be credited to the field since the 1950s is staggering, ranging from new biomedical... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2019
The Danger of Sleep Deprivation
Late one spring night in 1986, around 1:30 a.m., the residents of Pripyat, a Ukrainian city of 50,000 people at the northern tip of the Dnieper River, were shaken from sleep by a giant explosion originating in the nuclear reactor... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2016
Women’s Health Is Personal
One fall day in Boston, Ridhi Tariyal sat on an examination table in her primary care doctor’s office. Her doctor sat across from her, hurriedly transcribing notes as Tariyal responded to the doctor’s questions. It was the end of Tariyal’s... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2018
A Time of Forgetting
One day in the mid-1980s, at New York City’s Rockefeller Hospital, two scientists met at opposite poles of their careers. Roberta Diaz Brinton (lower right) was a newly minted Ph.D. and a postdoctoral researcher at the hospital, where she was... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2015
The Real World
Let’s face it: In the United States, a college degree isn’t what it used to be. These days, 46% of recent college graduates consider themselves underemployed and in jobs that do not require their college degrees—degrees that have already cost... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2017
A Balancing Act
It was the inaugural day of the study in 2005 when Brad Manor went out into the hot Louisiana sun to meet his first patient, a gentleman we’ll call James. Manor, now director of the Mobility and Brain Function Lab... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2018
The Future of Fat
At first, Ahmed El-Sohemy was puzzled by his data—they were the complete opposite of what they should have been. It was supposed to be a straightforward study of cholesterol metabolism in rats and merely replicate the protocol from another, previously... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story November/December 2015
Minor Invasions
Above: Alexis Hazen, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at New York University, conducts a hair transplant. In a quickly produced YouTube video shot at the Z Center for Cosmetic Health outside Los Angeles, baby-faced plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Zedah, stands over the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2017
Fertile Ground
At the age of 14, Linda Griffith experienced such abnormally painful periods that her doctor had already put her on birth control pills. They helped but only a little. In graduate school, a boyfriend convinced her to go off the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2018
AI Tackles Hospital Infections
For Ashley Zappia (pictured lower right), getting her hands dirty was part of her job. Even though she always tried to remain as clean as possible, her work as a nursing aide at a Southern California hospital required a lot... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2020
Treating Postpartum Depression: Beyond the Baby Blues
Different from “baby blues,” a mild depression that affects the majority of new mothers in the first few weeks after giving birth, postpartum depression, a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), can last for months, and even up to a year... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2020
Tracking COVID-19: There’s an App for That
In march 2020, before COVID-19 laid claim to the United States, Vice President Mike Pence briefed the press about the coronavirus outbreak, which at the time was a threat to passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship moored off the coast of California [1]. At the time, cases had spiked in Iran, Italy, and Spain, but the disease was still an abstraction to most Americans... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2021
The Brain on COVID-19
In March 2020 —still the early days of the U.K.’s COVID-19 crisis—Rhys Thomas, a neurologist at Newcastle University, got a call at home from a concerned colleague. The colleague’s cousin was hospitalized, critically ill with COVID-19, and had developed brainstem encephalitis, a severe inflammatory condition of the brain causing a suite of symptoms, from eye problems to balance problems and drowsiness. He wanted to know if Thomas knew anything about these conditions. At the time, the research coming out of Wuhan, China, only suggested a mild whiff of neurological ­symptoms—headache, dizziness, and the loss of taste and smell... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2021
New Advances in Transplants and Bioengineering Aid in Replacing the Womb
When Kayla Edwards turned 13, she began to wonder if she was different. It started as a seed of suspicion when her friends began their menstrual cycles, and hers never arrived. Her grandmother was late, she learned, but for Edwards, it still seemed odd. She had hit puberty’s other benchmarks—the hormones, the breasts—just no cycle... Read more
IEEE PULSE, COVID-19 Crisis Response, July/August 2021
Reproductive Health in the Time of COVID
In spring 2020, the pandemic began shutting down the world—restaurants, colleges, even entire cities felt emptied and closed. A cloud of uncertainty lingered over most parts of the world and altered our daily schedules and tasks. But for a wide segment of society, it wasn’t the toilet paper, or the masks, or the isolation from their families that hurt the worst—it was the sudden uncertainty around one of the most fundamental aspects of our lives: reproduction... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2021
COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Health
In late February 2020, a time when severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19) still felt like an abstraction in the United States, New York City’s first infected patient was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital’s emergency room. Working a few doors down was Sean Pinney, the Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation. Little did he know, but “that night was the beginning of hell,” he said... Read more