As a freelance journalist, William Wells has written about science and medicine for outlets such as New Scientist, Seed Magazine, Forbes, and Stanford Medicine. He was the sole staff writer for a major U.S. National Academy of Sciences report on “Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Reproductive Cloning,”, and wrote educational materials (distributed nationally) for schools and the US congress.
As the news editor for Rockefeller University Press, Wells created news sections in two major scientific journals, then wrote, commissioned and edited for these news sections, directed redesigns of both journals, oversaw public policy for a University Press (including speaking at Harvard Medical School and other locations), and taught science writing courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Medical School, Rockefeller University, and Beijing University.
For the past 14 years, Wells has worked in international public health for the World Health Organization (as a consultant on HIV prevention, care and treatment in the Western Pacific region), the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (as the market access director), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (as a senior TB technical advisor). He has a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of California-San Francisco, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.Sc.(Hons) from Adelaide University in Australia.