Lauren Aguirre

Lauren Aguirre

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Lauren Aguirre is an award-winning science journalist who has produced documentaries, podcasts, short-form video series, interactive games, and blogs for the PBS series NOVA. She has covered everything from asteroids to human rights, to art restorations. She is author of The Memory Thief and the Secrets Behind How We Remember, a finalist for the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her articles on memory and addiction have appeared in the Boston Globe's STAT, Undark Magazine, The Atlantic, The Scientist, and PBS. In addition, Lauren is an advisory board member at The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at MGH, where she provides strategic guidance on growth and impact.


  • The book chronicles an investigation into a rare and devastating amnesia first identified in a cluster of fentanyl overdose survivors.

  • The author recounts the obstacles researchers so often confront when new ideas bump against conventional wisdom.

  • The author explains the elegant tricks scientists use to tease out the fundamental mechanisms of memory.

  • The book was supported in part by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology.


  • As a Director of Digital Media at WGBH, she oversaw the development of all digital content for general audiences, educators, and teens at NOVA.

  • She expanded audiences and broadened impact through mobile and cross-platform content, including NOVA's first iPad app, NOVA Elements.

  • She drove innovation through the use of new technologies that support effective science journalism and storytelling, including NOVA Labs.

  • She launched the NOVA website with original programming, including live online adventures, interviews, articles, interactives, and slide shows.

  • She wrote, directed, and produced the documentaries: The Doomsday Asteroid, Rescue Mission in Space, In Search of Human Origins, and Terror in the Mine Fields.