Kristina Grifantini

Kristina Grifantini, M.S., is an award-winning science writer hailing from San Diego, California. She has written hundreds of technology and medical articles for a variety of publications, including including MIT Technology Review, Sky and Telescope Magazine, LiveScience, and others. Chat with her on Twitter: @kgrifant or visit

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IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2019
The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine
From Ant-Man to the Incredible Shrinking Machine, society has long envisioned developing devices tiny enough to enter human cells. Such nanotechnology could revolutionize the diagnosis of diseases like cancer and neurodegeneration, span new methods of precise drug delivery, and even... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2016
Knowing What You Eat
Food allergies and sensitivities have always been a public health problem but are becoming more prevalent worldwide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food each year. More than 17 million... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2014
How’s My Sleep?
When it comes to health and fitness, there’s an app for just about everything. Want to track how many steps you’ve taken today? There’s an app for that. Want to track the calories you’ve consumed? There’s an app for that,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2017
To See Anew
Humans have been using technology to improve their vision for many decades. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and, more recently, laser-based surgeries are commonly employed to remedy vision problems, both minor and major. But options are far fewer for those who have... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2016
The Telltale Heartbeat
The pulse rate has long been considered a basic and essential window on a person’s general physical condition. A racing heart could mean a person is at risk for a heart attack or, conversely, simply stressed, excited, or exercising. An... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story January/February 2015
The Robot Will See You Now
In a 2013 TEDxMidAtlantic talk, a robot wheels onstage, displaying the face of Henry Evans, a mute and paraplegic technology enthusiast located 3,000 miles away. In 2002, Evans, a former Silicon Valley executive, suffered a stroke at age 40 that... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2017
Aiding the Eye, Watching the Brain
The retina is a sophisticated neural network that provides humans with high-resolution vision. And for those who suffer from retinal disease or deterioration, particularly age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story January/February 2016
Star Trek in Real Life: How Close Are We?
Above: CAVE2 at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Space. The final frontier.” With this and other iconic phases, a legacy was born. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television show, which painted a captivating vision... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2015
Harnessing Online Tools to Track – and Treat – Pediatric Illness
Measles. A strange polio-like paralysis. Ebola. In the last year, the spread of infectious disease has become standard fare for the nightly news. As such diseases grab headlines, child-care providers, families, schools, and public health officials are turning to new... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story November/December 2017
What’s Happening to Your DNA Data?
Over the last decade, technology advances in the field of genetics have led to cheaper and more accurate testing. Public interest in personal genetics has grown thanks to media coverage and high-profile stories, such as actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story May/June 2016
Healthcare, Hacked
It could be as simple as a hospital worker downloading an app on a personal cell phone during a lunch break. That phone—or the hundreds of other unsecured devices in a hospital—can be an entry point for hackers to wriggle... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2015
Incubating Innovation
Incubators, accelerators, innovation centers, launch pads. Everyone defines the idea a bit differently, but, generally, these infrastructures refer to a subsidized space where fledgling companies get support—a combination of mentorship, funding, low rent, networking opportunities, and other training—with the goal... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2018
Self Driving and Self Diagnosing
Advances in automobile technology have made headlines over the last few years, and not always for good reasons. In March 2018, an Uber self-driving car ran over a pedestrian in Arizona—the latest in a handful of casualties tied to automated... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2016
Electrical Stimulation: A Panacea for Disease?
It seems simple: send a small electrical current to a major nerve in the body and stimulate hormones and organs to react in the way you want. New efforts by research teams are doing just that, zapping peripheral nerves attached... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2014
Advances in Management Technology for Diabetes
Back in 2004, Scott Johnson, a type 1 diabetic, could find plenty of online information about the symptoms and complications of the disease that prevents his body from producing the blood-sugar-regulating hormone insulin. What he couldn’t find was anything written... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2016
The Body Metric
Beads of sweat trickle down your forehead. As your heart races, the screen becomes more static. Though it’s just a video game, you feel imprisoned in a nightmare. What makes it so real is how the video game responds to every... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2020
Detecting Faces, Saving Lives
How facial recognition software is changing health care
Your phone scans your face to unlock its screen. A social media app offers suggestions of friends to tag in photos. Airline check-in systems verify who you are as you stare into a camera. These are just a few examples of how facial recognition technology (FRT) is now ubiquitous in everyday lives. The industries of law enforcement, Internet search engines, marketing, and security have long harnessed FRT, but the technology is becoming increasingly explored in the health care setting, where its potential benefit—and risks—are much greater... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2020
Tracking Sleep to Optimize Health
With the advent of wearable biometrictechnology like smart watches, “hacking” our bodies’ functions and cycles has become a tool in the never-ending quest for better health. And sleep is no exception. For example, a staggering one-third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2022
You on a Chip
Imagine a transparent chip the size of a flash drive. In it, your own cells—derived from a skin sample—are grown in delicate channels to mimic your heart, lung, or even brain tissue, creating a testing ground for personalized medical treatments... Read more