Editors

Chief Physical Sciences Editor: David Gevaux
David originally joined Nature Publishing Group in 2006 to help launch Nature Photonics before moving to Nature Physics in 2008, where his editorial responsibilities ranged from biophysics to plasmas. He moved to Nature Communications in 2014. David received a PhD from Imperial College, London, for helping to develop mid-infrared LEDs. He later joined Toshiba Research Europe in Cambridge, where his research interests included photonic crystals and quantum dots, in particular their application as single-photon sources. David is based in the London office.

Chief Life Sciences Editor: Niki Scaplehorn
Niki moved to Nature Communications in June 2012 having previously trained as a scientific editor at Cell, where he handled a broad range of subjects including immunology, cell biology, neurobiology and epigenetics. Niki completed his PhD at Cancer Research UK in London, where his research focused on cytoskeletal dynamics and membrane trafficking. In 2005, his interest in actin led him to a postdoctoral position at the ESPCI in Paris, where he studied the role of cytoskeletal plasticity in shaping memory in Drosophila. Niki is based in the London office.

Managing Editor: Fiona Gillespie
Fiona joined Nature Communications in February 2016 as Editorial Administration Manager before moving to the role of Managing Editor in February 2017. She previously worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry, handling manuscripts for the Physical Chemistry portfolio and overseeing external production workflows. Fiona obtained her PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she investigated the combustion characteristics of potential biofuels. Fiona is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Luke Batchelor
Luke arrived at Nature Communications in July 2012. Before embarking on his editorial career, Luke was awarded an MSc in chemistry from the University of Bristol and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Manchester, where he developed the solvothermal synthesis of vanadium and chromium clusters, as part of the Molecular Magnetism group. During his postdoctoral work at Université Paris Sud XI, Luke studied giant magnetic anisotropy in transition metal ions with unusual coordination geometries. Luke is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Ripudaman Bains
Ripudaman joined Nature Communications in February 2017, having previously worked at Genome Biology for 3 years. Ripudaman holds an MSc in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her MSc included a stint at the Philippine Research Institute for Tropical Medicine where she conducted research into malaria epidemiology on Palawan Island. Her PhD at University College London focused on human genetic diversity in sub-Saharan Africa. Ripudaman is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Enda Bergin
Enda moved to Nature Communications in July 2013, having previously worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research career began at University College Dublin, where he completed a PhD in organophosphorus chemistry, and continued at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge and University of East Anglia before he became a lecturer in organic chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. His main areas of interest are organic synthesis, catalysis and supramolecular chemistry. Enda is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Natascha Bushati
Natascha joined Nature Communications in February 2013 after six months at EMBO Molecular Medicine. She moved to Nature Cell Biology in October 2014, covering the areas of stem cell and developmental biology, and returned to Nature Communications in January 2017. Natascha received her PhD from EMBL in Heidelberg for her work on microRNAs in Drosophila development. Prior to her PhD, she studied cytokinesis in C. elegans at the IMP in Vienna. After six months as a postdoctoral fellow at TLL in Singapore, Natascha joined the NIMR in London, studying neural tube progenitor specification. Natascha is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Min Cho
Min joined Nature Communications in June 2015 after working as a senior editor at Nature Neuroscience. He received his PhD in molecular biology and neuroscience from Princeton University where he investigated molecular mechanisms underlying mammalian learning and memory. He continued this work at Boston University before joining Nature Neuroscience in November 2007. Prior to his doctoral studies, Min worked on research projects at the University of California, San Francisco on genetic and molecular basis of cardiovascular diseases and lipid disorders. Min is based in the Shanghai office.

Team Manager: Lewis Collins
Before joining Nature Communications in June 2013, Lewis was awarded an MSc in climate change from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in palaeoceanography from Cardiff University, where he studied micropalaeontology and Antarctic sea-ice in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey. During his postdoctoral work at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, he worked on Arctic sea-ice reconstructions and palaeoceanographic proxy development, including geochemical biomarkers for the reconstruction of Antarctic sea-ice variability. Lewis is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Simona Fiorani
Simona joined Nature Communications in May 2014. Simona received her PhD in Italy studying mechanisms that regulate DNA repair and DNA damage checkpoints in yeast. She then moved to London to investigate the role of DNA replication in genome stability at Cancer Research UK. Simona also spent 9 months on secondment to Nature Cell Biology where she handled papers on autophagy, apoptosis, cell signalling, and DNA damage and repair. Simona is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Rebecca Furlong
Rebecca moved to Nature Communications in May 2016, having previously worked at Genome Medicine for 6 years. Rebecca received her PhD from the University of Reading, studying vertebrate genome evolution. Following a short postdoctoral appointment at University College London investigating MHC adaptive evolution, she was awarded a junior research fellowship at the University of Oxford, where she studied gene family evolution. Rebecca is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Congcong Huang
Congcong became a member of the Nature Communications team in June 2012. A graduate of Peking University in China, Congcong obtained a PhD in surface physics from the University of Cambridge in 2006. Her subsequent postdoctoral research at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory focused on hydrogen-bonded liquid structures using synchrotron-based X-ray techniques and free-electron lasers. Her interests also include amorphous materials, critical phenomena and coherent diffractive imaging. Congcong is based in the Shanghai office.

Team Manager: Stéphane Larochelle
Stéphane joined Nature Communications in May 2014, having started his editorial career in 2012 at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Stéphane obtained his PhD in molecular biology from McGill University, where he studied protein phosphorylation and cell cycle regulation in Drosophila. He then performed post-doctoral work at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. During this time, he studied protein kinases regulating gene transcription and proliferation in cancer cells. Stéphane is based in the New York office.

Team Manager: Kyle Legate
Kyle began his editorial career at Nature Communications in December 2013. He obtained his PhD in biochemistry at McMaster University, studying the mechanism of membrane protein translocation. He then performed postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, where he investigated lipid regulation of integrin-mediated cell adhesion using mouse genetics, cell biological, biochemical and biophysical approaches. Kyle is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Federico Levi
Federico moved to Nature Communications in November 2014, having previously worked as an Associate Editor at Nature Physics for six months. His studies began with an MSc at the University of Milan, where he specialized in theoretical quantum physics, in particular the mathematical aspects of open quantum systems dynamics. Following this, he obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Freiburg where he studied entanglement theory and energy transfer in disordered systems, with an interest in identifying quantum effects in biological processes. Federico is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Richard Pattison
Richard joined the editorial team at Nature Communications in June 2014. He completed his PhD in plant biology at the University of Glasgow in 2008, where he studied N-glycosylation and membrane proteins in Arabidopsis. Richard then moved to Ithaca, New York to carry out postdoctoral research at the Boyce Thompson Institute, where he investigated the role of plant hormones and gene regulatory networks in controlling morphological and metabolic variation in tomato fruits. Richard is based in the New York office.

Team Manager: Lina Persechini
Lina started her editorial career in February 2015 at Nature Communications. She obtained her degree in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin, where she remained to obtain her PhD in surface and interface optics. For her post-doctoral studies she joined Dublin Institute of Technology to develop a holographic label against counterfeiting. She then moved to the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton where she investigated the use of microstructured optical fibres for both lasing applications and nonlinear enhancement. Lina is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Victoria Richards
Victoria joined Nature Communications in July 2016. She began her editorial career at the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013, where she handled content for ChemComm, Chemical Science and ChemSocRev. She obtained her MSci and PhD degrees from the University of Nottingham, working on the functionalization of single molecule magnets for surface deposition applications and the incorporation of redox- and photo-active ligands into metal-organic coordination polymers. Victoria is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Katie Ridd
Katie joined Nature Communications in October 2009 from Nature Protocols, where she commissioned protocols in stem cells and animal models of human diseases. Katie obtained a PhD in pulmonary toxicology from Liverpool John Moores University in 2001. Her postdoctoral studies focused on gene expression profiling of the mammalian epidermis at the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester and the role of signalling pathways and chromosomal aberrations in cancer at the UCSF Cancer Center. Katie is based in the London office.

Team Manager: Christoph Schmitt
Christoph became a member of the Nature Communications team in January 2012 after spending a year as an Assistant Editor for Nature Reviews Cardiology and Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. Prior to joining Nature Publishing Group, Christoph studied Pharmacy at the University of Heidelberg and, in his doctoral thesis at the University of Vienna, focused on the regulation of endothelial nitric oxide production. During his postdoctoral work at University College London, Christoph investigated mitochondrial function and cell proliferation. Christoph is based in the London office.

Senior Editor: Ross Cloney
Ross joined Nature Communications in November 2014. After studying biochemistry at the University of East Anglia, he moved to the University of Sussex for doctoral studies, in which he focused on translesion-synthesis polymerases involved in nucleotide excision repair. He stayed at Sussex for postdoctoral work, investigating mechanisms of genome stability, including the regulation of mammalian telomeres, repair of DNA breaks and chromatin. Ross is based in the London office.

Senior Editor: Ann LeGood
Ann moved to Nature Communications in March 2015, having previously worked at BMC Biology for four years, covering the areas of molecular cell and developmental biology. Ann obtained a PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund on how atypical PKCs (aPKC) are regulated, and then examined how aPKCs cause tumorigenesis in postdoctoral work at the University of Alberta. She subsequently studied the role of Nodal in early mouse development at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research. Ann is based in the London office.

Senior Editor: César Sánchez
César began his editorial career in 2008 as the acting editor for Trends in Microbiology, and subsequently worked as an associate editor at Nature Reviews Microbiology and with the Nature News & Views team. He then joined Nature Communications in October 2013. César received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Oviedo, where he investigated gene regulation of ribosomal protein genes in streptomycetes. In his postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Davis and the University of Oviedo he focused on engineering metabolic pathways for the production of anticancer compounds in bacteria. César is based in the London office.

Senior Editor: Vesna Todorovic
Vesna joined Nature Communications in April 2014. She earned her PhD in molecular biology from the University of Belgrade and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Trieste, for work on origins of DNA replication. In 2001 she moved to New York University and subsequently to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she investigated the role of extracellular matrix proteins in the cardiovascular system. Vesna is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Chuanfu An
Chuanfu joined Nature Communications in January 2017. He received his PhD from Mississippi State University, USA, working on cotton genetics, genomics and breeding. His postdoctoral work at the Universities of Georgia, Florida, and Michigan State, USA, focused on poplar phenylpropanoid pathway metabolic engineering, citrus cis-genesis and Arabidopsis disease resistance and cold acclimation. Chuanfu is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Izzadora Andrew
Izzy joined Nature Communications in October 2016. She studied Environmental Biology at Plymouth University and obtained a PhD in crop science at the Rothamsted Research and the University of Nottingham. Following this, she was a lecturer at the University of Reading. Her research and teaching focused on agroecology, plant ecology and sustainability of agricultural systems. Izzy is based in the London office. 

Associate Editor: Maria Giuseppina Baratta
Maria Giuseppina joined Nature Communications in November 2015. She received her PhD in molecular oncology from the European School of Molecular Medicine in Naples studying mechanisms of malignant transformation. In 2009 she joined the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow working on the identification of therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer by assessing the function of druggable genes with shRNA-based negative selection screens in tumours. Maria Giuseppina is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Elena Bellafante
Elena joined Nature Communications in April 2016. She graduated in Biotechnology at Marche Polytechnic University in Italy, and obtained a PhD in Biomolecular Life Science from the Open University exploring the role of mitochondrial metabolism in fatty liver and intestinal homeostasis and cancer. As a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow Elena also investigated bile acid and reproductive hormonal effects on gestational diabetes, focusing on pancreatic islet biology. Elena is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Nicholas Bernard
Nicholas joined Nature Communications in March 2015 having worked as Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Rheumatology since 2013. He holds Bachelor degrees in Classics and Archaeology as well as in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Melbourne, and obtained a PhD at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to doctoral studies of innate immune responses to infection he was also a Research Assistant in the Immunology division and the Infection & Immunity division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne. Nicholas is based in the London Office.

Associate Editor: Richard Brierley
Richard joined Nature Communications in August 2016. He received his PhD in condensed matter theory from the University of Cambridge, studying the theory of polariton condensates. After a year as a Junior Research Fellow in Cambridge, he moved to Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow working on superconducting qubits and phase transitions in strongly correlated systems. Richard is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Fiona Carr
Fiona joined Nature Communications in March 2016. She began her editorial career as a locum Assistant Editor for Nature Medicine in 2014, and became a locum Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Neuroscience in 2015. She obtained her PhD in neuroscience from University College London, investigating the role of descending facilitation in rodent models of chronic pain. Her postdoctoral work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York investigated molecular mechanisms of chronic pain and addiction. Fiona is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Bruno Castro
Bruno joined Nature Communications in January 2016. For his PhD at the Centre for Molecular Physical-Chemistry at IST in Lisbon, Portugal, he studied lipid phase separation and protein sorting in cell membrane model systems and developed fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy methods to determine lipid phase diagrams. Bruno then moved to the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, for postdoctoral studies of membrane protein organization and function. He also worked as a freelance science writer for a digital media firm. Bruno is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Francesco Conti
Francesco joined Nature Communications in May 2016. He earned his PhD in developmental biology from King's College London, studying cell adhesion and wound healing. He then moved to the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego for his postdoctoral work on cell-cell fusion and skeletal muscle development. He then joined the University College London, focusing on genome editing for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and on neuromuscular development. Francesco is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Elizaveta Dubrovina
Lisa joined Nature Communications in July 2016. After graduating from University College London and from the University of Cambridge in mathematics, she completed a PhD in applied mathematics at Imperial College London. There, Lisa investigated the fluid dynamics of lab-on-chip devices and developed analytical and numerical methods to explore how electric fields can be exploited to achieve patterning and mixing at the microscale. Lisa is based in the London office. 

Associate Editor: Can Erdomnez
Can joined Nature Communications in December 2015. He received his PhD in Materials Science from U.C. Berkeley. This work focused on understanding and further developing methods of morphological control in colloidal nanocrystal synthesis. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, studying simplified battery electrode structures and developing them for microbattery applications. He continued his research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, using synchrotron techniques to study electrochemical systems in real time. Can is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Wei Fan
Wei joined Nature Communications in September 2015. He obtained his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the Chinese Academy of Science, collaborating with the University of Bremen, City University of Hong Kong and Duke University. He then moved to RIKEN in Japan for postdoctoral research. His research background is in electronic and magnetic properties of semiconductors, multiferroic oxides and phase transitions of strongly correlated materials. Wei is based in the Shanghai office.

Associate Editor: Bernadett Gaál
Bernadett joined Nature Communications in October 2015. She obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of York and a DPhil in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford. She then carried out postdoctoral research on the sources of cellular noise in stem cells, and the implications of dynamic cell-to-cell variability for the evolutionary dynamics of microorganisms at University College London. Bernadett is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Bishwanath Gaire
Bishwanath joined Nature Communications in April 2016. He received his PhD in atomic, molecular, and optical physics from Kansas State University. He then continued research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. His research was focused on light-matter interaction studying photon induced molecular fragmentation pathways in multidimensional potential energy surfaces by using coincidence three-dimensional momentum imaging techniques. Bishwanath is based on New York office.

Associate Editor: Kate Gao
Kate joined Nature Communications in October 2015. She earned a PhD in neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, investigating the production and organization of excitatory neurons in the developing neocortex. Prior to her doctoral work, Kate studied the genetic and molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases at Baylor College of Medicine. Kate is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Ian Green
Ian joined Nature Communications in November 2016. He obtained an MSci from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in clinical epigenetics from Imperial College London, focusing on the impact of novel inhibitors of epigenetic processes in breast and ovarian cancer stem cells. He then carried out postdoctoral research at Queen Mary University of London, where he studied the epigenetics of cancer stem cells in glioblastoma. Ian is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Ching-yu Huang
Ching-yu joined Nature Communications in September 2016. He obtained a BSc in Zoology from National Taiwan University, Taiwan and a PhD in Immunology and postdoctoral training from the Washington University in St. Louis, USA. As a principal investigator at National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan, his research focused on mouse genetics, T cell biology and immune signalling. Chingyu is based in the Shanghai office.

Associate Editor: Emily Jones
Emily joined Nature Communications in December 2015. She received her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona for research on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of mutualisms. She then studied the role of evolution in species invasions during postdoctoral work at Washington State University and as a Huxley Fellow at Rice University. Emily is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Karin Kühnel
Karin joined Nature Communications in September 2016. She studied Biochemistry in the Free University of Berlin and a holds a PhD in Structural Biology from the Cambridge University. Her postdoctoral work a at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, focused in small GTPases and on the structures of heme enzyme reaction intermediates. She then became a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, studying the structure of autophagy-related proteins. Karin is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Zachary Lapin
Zack began his editorial career at Nature Communications in July 2016. Following his undergraduate studies at Bates College, he obtained his MS in Optics from the University of Rochester before completing his doctorate in Electrical Engineering in the Photonics Laboratory at the ETH Zürich. His research focused on enhancing light-matter interactions with optical antennas for single-molecule nanocarobon imaging and spectroscopy. Zack is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Michael Lee
Mike joined Nature Communications in June 2016. He carried out his doctoral training in the department of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Oxford where his research mostly focused on device physics. After his doctoral training he remained at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow working on optoelectronics. Mike then worked at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland on the deposition and characterization of oxides and with large x-ray synchrotron facilities. Mike is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Ylenia Lombardo
Ylenia joined Nature Communications in June 2015. She obtained her PhD in molecular oncopathology from the University of Palermo, where she investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the survival of cancer stem cells derived from epithelial tumours. She then carried out her postdoctoral research at Imperial College in London, focusing on the role of the Notch pathway on breast cancer stem cells and resistance to endocrine therapy. Ylenia is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Ana Mateus
Ana joined Nature Communications in October 2015. She studied biology at the University of Coimbra before entering the Gulbenkian Postgraduate Programme. She then completed a PhD on the regulation of cell adhesion and intracellular trafficking during embryogenesis and postdoctoral work on the heterogeneity and behaviour of embryonic stem cells, all at the University of Cambridge. Ana then moved to King's College London to investigate the crosstalk between cancer cells and surrounding tissues. Ana is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Amos Matsiko
Amos joined Nature Communications in April 2016. He graduated in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sheffield and subsequently carried out his PhD and post-doctoral research in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine for a range of musculoskeletal applications. He also carried out an industrial collaborative project developing nerve guidance conduits for peripheral nerve repair. Amos is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Alexa McKay
Alexa joined Nature Communications in May 2016. She earned a PhD from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, investigating the consequences of migration for parasite resistance in monarch butterflies. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked at the University of Puget Sound, the US Geological Survey, and Washington University in St. Louis on projects related to animal behaviour, wildlife conservation, and disease ecology. Alexa is based in the New York office. 

Associate Editor: Nina Meinzer
Nina joined Nature Communications in May 2016. She received her degree in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, where she also obtained a PhD studying metamaterials coupled to semiconductor quantum wells. When she moved to a post-doctoral position in Exeter, she first continued her research on the interaction of plasmonic structures and optical emitters before extending her work to microwave metamaterials and antennas. Nina is based in the London office. 

Associate Editor: Silvia Milana
Silvia joined Nature Communications in December 2015. She graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Universita' Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria in Italy, then obtained a PhD from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. She stayed on as a Research Associate at the Cambridge Graphene Centre to do postdoctoral work on light-graphene interactions, related 2D materials and plasmonic nanostructures. Silvia is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Anne Mirabella
Anne joined Nature Communications in January 2017. She obtained her MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Bath, UK and worked on proteasome inhibitors for cancer therapy at the Geisel School of Medicine, USA. She then moved to the Imperial College, London for her doctoral studies, focusing on epigenetic and molecular regulation of DNA replication initiation in mammalian models. She continued her work on chromatin regulation as a postdoctoral scientist at the MRC Institute of Medical Sciences, London. Anne is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Chiara Pastore
Chiara joined Nature Communications in October 2015. She studied Chemistry at the University of Pisa and obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, then worked on the structural properties of iron binding proteins at NIMR in London and briefly at EMBL in Heidelberg. She pursued her postdoctoral studies at Columbia University in New York and at Imperial College London, focusing on protein-RNA interactions and on viral proteins. Chiara is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Carolina Perdigoto
Carolina joined Nature Communications in July 2016. After studying biology at University of Coimbra, she moved to the Institut Pasteur in Paris for her doctoral studies focused on genetic and epigenetic regulation of adult stem cells in Drosophila. As an EMBO postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Carolina investigated the role of epigenetic regulation in mammalian epidermal stem cells. Carolina is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Melissa Plail
Melissa joined Nature Communications in January 2016. She obtained a BSc in Geology from Royal Holloway and an MSc in Geological Hazard Assessment from the University of Portsmouth. She received her PhD in volcanology from the University of East Anglia, where she used petrology and geochemistry to study the driving forces behind explosive volcanic eruptions. She then moved to the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa on a post-doctoral fellowship. Melissa is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Sachin Ranade
Sachin joined Nature Communications in August 2015. He received his PhD from Stony Brook University, for his work on responses of serotonin neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus during an olfactory perceptual decision task. Subsequently for his post-doctoral research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Sachin focused on using optogenetic tagging techniques to investigate the behavioural correlates of genetically determined neuronal populations. Sachin is based in the New York Office.

Associate Editor: Prabhjot Saini
Prabhjot joined Nature Communications in January 2016. She received her PhD from Imperial College London in 2015, which focused on the synthesis of heterodinuclear catalysts for epoxide and carbon dioxide copolymerization reactions. Her knowledge about polymerization kinetics and mechanisms led her to stay at Imperial for an additional year as a post-doctoral research fellow, where she investigated the formation of polyesters from renewable resources. Prabhjot is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Sonja Schmid
Sonja joined Nature Communications in May 2016. After studying immunology and biochemistry at the University of Freiburg, she received her PhD in virology at the Institute of Microbiology and Hygiene, investigating the role of protein phosphorylation in virus replication. In her postdoctoral work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City she studied cellular anti-viral defense systems, focusing on innate immune signalling and the small RNA machinery. Sonja is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Mary Elizabeth Sutherland
Mary Elizabeth joined Nature Communications in April 2016. She studied attention and memory for simultaneously-presented bimodal (auditory-visual) stimuli as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cognitive Neuroscience lab at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. Mary Elizabeth obtained her PhD from McGill University on auditory cognitive neuroscience, and she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine in Hannover, Germany. Mary Elizabeth is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Lin Tang
Lin joined Nature Communications in November 2016. He holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the Fudan University and a PhD from the CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai, where he studied brain transcriptome evolution in human and other primates. Before joining Nature Communications, Lin worked as a Manager of Research Alliances and Intellectual Property, ShanghaiTech University. Lin is based in the Shanghai Office.

Associate Editor: Michelle Trenkmann
Michelle joined Nature Communications in February 2017. She studied biochemistry at the University of Leipzig in Germany. She then moved to the University of Zürich for her PhD at the Center of Experimental Rheumatology, focusing on epigenetic regulation and microRNAs in rheumatic diseases. For her postdoctoral work at University College Dublin, she studied macrophage biology and genetic associations in rheumatoid arthritis. Michelle is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Ariane Vartanian
Ariane joined Nature Communications in April 2016. After graduating with degrees in biochemistry and film from Swarthmore College, she completed a PhD in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, she developed nuclear magnetic resonance methods to study the surface chemistry of anisotropic nanocrystals, and carried out research on supramolecular nanomaterials and functional polymers. Ariane is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Adam West
Adam joined Nature Communications in November 2015. He completed a PhD at ETH Zürich on the structural and electronic properties of neutral clusters and aerosol particles. He obtained his MChem from the University of Oxford, where he investigated the behaviour of novel catalysts for the low-temperature steam reforming of methanol. He also spent time in the chemical industry working on hydrodesulphurization catalysts for hydrocarbon fuels. Adam is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Ada Yee
Ada joined Nature Communications in February 2017. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University, studying molecular mechanisms underlying homeostatic plasticity and GABAergic synaptic transmission. Previously, she investigated gonadotrophin-releasing hormone neuron development at the National Institutes of Health, USA as a postbaccalaureate research fellow. Ada is based in the New York office.

Associate Editor: Yaoqing Zhang
Yaoqing arrived at Nature Communications in June 2016, after holding a research assistant professorship at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of St Andrews where he worked at the interface between solid state chemistry, electrochemistry and ceramics. He then moved to Japan for postdoctoral research, where he worked on magnetism and superconductivity. His interests also include crystallography, electron microscopy and high pressure chemistry. Yaoqing is based in the Shanghai office.