Editor in Chief: Magdalena Skipper
Magdalena is a geneticist by training and has considerable editorial and publishing experience: having started in Nature Publishing Group in 2001, she was Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, Senior Editor for genetics and genomics at Nature, and more recently Executive Editor for the Nature Partner Journals. She studied sex determination at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK and the role of Notch signalling in the vertebrate gut at the ICRF Laboratories (CRUK today), London. She is passionate about mentorship, transparent science and clarity in science communication. She has a keen interest in innovation in science publishing. Magdalena joined Nature Communications in September 2017; she is based in the London office.
Chief Physical Sciences Editor: David Gevaux
David moved to Nature Communications in 2014 after eight years on the editorial teams of Nature Photonics and Nature Physics. A physicist by training, he studied semiconductor quantum devices at Toshiba Research Europe in Cambridge and Imperial College London. David oversees the journal’s content in physics, chemistry, Earth and materials science; he is based in the London office.
Chief Life Sciences Editor: Niki Scaplehorn
Niki joined Nature Communications in 2012 having previously trained as a scientific editor at Cell. A cell biologist and neuroscientist by training, he completed his PhD at Cancer Research UK in London, where his research focused on the cell biology of viral infection. In 2005, his interest in the cytoskeleton led him to a postdoctoral position at the ESPCI in Paris, where he studied the role of structural plasticity in Drosophila memory. Niki oversees the journal’s content in the life sciences from 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.
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QUANTUM, ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, AND OPTICAL PHYSICS TEAM
Our team handles manuscripts across a wide variety of topics in physics; from fundamental concepts and proposals to experimental investigations with an applied and engineering emphasis. Our members have diverse and interdisciplinary research backgrounds and collectively we handle the areas of quantum, atomic, plasma, nuclear and high-energy physics, optics, and acoustics.
Team Manager and Associate Editor: Lina Persechini
Lina completed her PhD in Trinity College, Dublin. Her doctoral research involved the use of linear and non-linear optical techniques for the study of plasmonic and chiral nanostructures. 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 deposition of materials in micro-structured optical fibres for the study of non-linear optical phenomena. Lina handles manuscripts in various areas of photonics and metamaterials and she is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Marco Bentivegna
Marco completed his MS in particle physics and his PhD in quantum information and quantum optics in Sapienza University of Rome. For his doctoral research, he worked on quantum computation and simulation using integrated photonic circuits. His post-doctoral appointment involved performing experiments on quantum nonlocality and contextuality. He handles manuscripts in quantum information, computation and communication, fundamental aspects of quantum theory, information theory and high energy physics. Marco is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Bishwanath Gaire
Bishwanath has MS in plasma physics from Tribhuvan University and PhD in physics from Kansas State University. His doctoral research was on laser induced molecular fragmentation using coincidence momentum imaging technique. He continued research on photon-matter interaction using X-rays as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is based in New York office and handles manuscripts in nuclear, atomic, molecular, optical and plasma physics.
Associate Editor: Zachary Lapin
Zack has a BS from Bates College, an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester, and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the ETH Zürich. His doctoral research was on nanophotonics and plasmonics where he designed and used optical antennas to study nanocarbon materials. He is the primary editor for imaging and microscopy (all methods), plasmonics, and acoustics. Zack is based in New York.
Associate Editor: Nina Meinzer
Nina has a diploma in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where she also obtained her 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 mainly handles manuscripts in nonlinear optics, lasers and optomechanics. She is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Heather Partner
After receiving her MASt in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, Heather completed her PhD in physics at the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Labs where she worked on a miniature trapped-ion atomic clock. Her postdoctoral research, at Germany’s national metrology institute and then the Humboldt University of Berlin, ranged from cold-ion dynamics and spectroscopy to levitated nanoparticles. Heather handles manuscripts in various areas of optical physics, including optical communications, terahertz and microwave optics. She is based in the Berlin office.
CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS TEAM
The condensed matter physics team handles manuscripts ranging from the most fundamental aspects of many-body physics, superconductivity, spintronics, and topological matter to two-dimensional materials, magnetic materials, and complex oxides.
Team Manager and Associate Editor: Silvia Milana
Silvia joined Nature Communications in December 2015. She graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria in Italy, followed by a PhD from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. She stayed on as a Research Associate at the Cambridge Graphene Centre and a Junior Research Fellow to do postdoctoral work on light-matter interaction in 2D materials and plasmonic nanostructures. She handles manuscripts on physics of two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures. Silvia 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 handles manuscripts on fundamental condensed matter physics and solid state qubits. He is based in the London office.
Senior 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 handles manuscripts on topological matter and superconductivity. He is based in the Shanghai office.
Associate Editor: Yu Gong
Yu Gong joined Nature Communications in November 2016. He received his PhD in condensed-matter physics from City University of New York. He then continued research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate. His research focused on ultrafast spin dynamics and surface plasmon dynamics. Yu handles manuscripts on magnetic materials and spintronics. He is based in New York office.
Associate Editor: Kanudha Sharda
Kanudha started her editorial career at Nature Communications in November 2017. Kanudha graduated in physics from the University of Delhi, India and was an Erasmus Mundus PhD scholar at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She carried out her postdoctoral work at Imperial College London; her research focused on fabrication and characterization of devices based on layered transition metal dichalcogenide materials for electronic and energy storage applications. Kanudha handles manuscripts on synthesis and applications of two-dimensional materials. She is based in the London office.
APPLIED PHYSICS TEAM
The applied physics and mathematics team handles manuscripts exploring fundamental principles in physics and mathematics disciplines to tackle real world problems and technological challenges, including but not limited to electronics, photovoltaics, semiconductors, multiferroics, glasses, colloids, liquid crystals, microfluidics, complex networks, neuromorphic engineering and artificial intelligence. Team members have diverse backgrounds in physics, materials science, mathematics and electrical engineering.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: 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 physics from the University of Cambridge, followed by her subsequent postdoctoral research at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She currently oversees the contents published by the applied physics and mathematics team. Congcong is based in the Shanghai office.
Associate Editor: Elizaveta Dubrovina
Elizaveta joined Nature Communications in July 2016. After completing a MASt in mathematics at the University of Cambridge, she obtained a PhD in applied mathematics at Imperial College London where she investigated the fluid dynamics of lab-on-chip devices. Elizaveta currently handles manuscripts from the areas of fluidics, liquid crystals, complex networks and mathematics. Elizaveta is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Konstantin Hirsch
Konstantin joined Nature Communications in January 2018. He obtained a PhD in experimental physics from the Technical University Berlin performing most of the experiments at the Helmholtz Center Berlin. He continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory studying magnetism on its intrinsic length and timescales. Konstantin currently handles content covering complex oxides, multiferroics, and semiconductors as well as characterization of condensed matter materials. He is based in the Berlin office.
Associate Editor: Bo Liu
Bo joined Nature Communications in March 2017. Following his undergraduate studies in Zhejiang University, China, he obtained his PhD in Physics at National University of Singapore. He then carried out his postdoctoral research at Graphene Research Center in Singapore and University of Washington. He currently handles manuscripts on solar cells and halide perovskite photophysics. Bo is based in the Shanghai office.
Associate Editor: Cephas Small
Cephas joined Nature Communications in October 2017. After obtaining a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, he continued postdoctoral research in the field of organic electronics at Imperial College London’s Centre for Plastic Electronics. Cephas currently handles content covering organic electronics, flexible electronics, and thermoelectrics. He is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Stuart Thomas
Stuart joined Nature Communications in April 2017. He holds a PhD in experimental solid state physics from Imperial College London, and has several years’ experience as a post-doctoral researcher and in industry. His research interests range from device physics to computer systems engineering. He currently handles content covering semiconductor physics and devices, electronics, and robotics. Stuart is based in the London office.
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE TEAM
The team handles content from the areas of materials science, physical, inorganic and materials chemistry, chemical engineering, energy storage and catalysis for energy.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Victoria Richards
Victoria joined Nature Communications in July 2016, having begun her editorial career at the Royal Society of Chemistry. She obtained her MSci and PhD degrees from the University of Nottingham, where she gained experience in the fields of metal-organic frameworks, surface self-assembly, molecular magnetism and main group chemistry. Victoria handles manuscripts spanning the areas of inorganic and materials chemistry. Victoria is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Margherita Citroni
Margherita joined Nature Communications in February 2018. She received her PhD from the University of Florence, Italy, (Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy and Quantum Optics), in collaboration with University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI (Physics and Chemistry of Materials). She has worked at the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, University of Florence, as research fellow and assistant professor. Her research was focused on chemical and physical transformations under extreme pressures. She handles papers in the fields of inorganic materials synthesis and functional inorganic materials. Margherita is based in the Berlin office.
Associate Editor: Kristina Kareh
Kristina joined Nature Communications in March 2017. She completed her MEng and PhD at Imperial College London, where she investigated real-time deformation of semi-solid aluminium-copper alloys using synchrotron X-ray tomography. She continued on at Imperial College as a postdoctoral scientist imaging semi-solid steels before extending her work to solid oxide fuel cells. Kristina handles manuscripts spanning all areas of metallurgy and materials under pressure. Kristina is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Adam Weingarten
Adam joined Nature Communications in July 2017. He received his PhD from Northwestern University for his work on supramolecular, chromophore-based materials for solar-to-fuel energy conversion. For his postdoctoral work at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev, he investigated the water-splitting catalysis and photochemistry of inorganic polyoxoanions. Adam handles chemistry-related manuscripts that involve electrocatalytic and photocatalytic applications. Adam is based in the New York office.
Senior Editor: Adam West
Adam joined Nature Communications in November 2015, after finishing his PhD at ETH Zürich where he explored the properties of aerosol particles using photoelectron imaging spectroscopy. He obtained his MChem at New College, Oxford, and also spent time in the chemical industry working with catalysts for renewable jet fuel production. As an editor, his interests span the breadth of physical, theoretical, and computational chemistry. Adam is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Yaoqing Zhang
Yaoqing joined Nature Communications in June 2016, after holding an assistant professorship in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of St Andrews, where he worked at the interface between solid state chemistry, electrochemistry and ceramics, followed by postdoctoral research in condensed matter physics in Japan. The area of his editorial responsibilities includes solid state ionics, electrochemical energy storage, and some aspects of inorganic chemistry. Yaoqing is based in the Shanghai Office.
Associate Editor: Laura Zoppi
Laura joined Nature Communications in February 2018. She completed her PhD in Physics in 2003 at University of Cagliari working on Monte-Carlo algorithms to evaluate hydrogen storage capabilities in nanostructured carbon materials. After a first post-doctoral experience she was appointed as Senior Research Associate at University of Zurich, where she received the Habilitation in Computational Material Science in 2014 working non novel carbon materials and hybrid interfaces for energy application. She handles manuscripts on computational material science, material chemistry. Laura is based in Berlin´s office.
CHEMISTRY AND BIOMATERIALS TEAM
The team handles content spanning organic, biological, and nanoscale chemistry, including homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, functional organic materials, chemical soft matter, biomaterials and chemical biology.
Team Manager and Associate Editor: Prabhjot Saini
Prabhjot became an Associate Editor at Nature Communications in January 2016. She became Team Manager of one of the Chemistry editorial teams in May 2017. She received her PhD from Imperial College London, which focused on the synthesis of catalysts for copolymerization reactions. Her expertise in green and sustainable polymers makes her fully equipped to handle the polymer and hydrogel papers at the journal. Prabhjot is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Giovanni Bottari
Giovanni joined Nature Communications in January 2017. During his past research experience, he focused on the development of homogeneous catalysts, in particular for stereoselective hydrogenation and C-C/C-heteroatom bond formation, and heterogeneous catalysts for biomass conversion. Giovanni is based in the London office, where he handles organic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.
Associate Editor: Long Chen
Long Joined Nature Communications in June 2017. He earned a PhD in physical chemistry, and subsequently did his postdoc in several institutes in the US and Canada, with his research focused on surface science and heterogeneous catalysis. Long is based in the New York office, handling manuscripts in the areas of heterogeneous catalysis and analytic chemistry.
Associate Editor: Julia Eckhoff
Having a background in biochemistry and molecular biology, Julia joined Nature Communications in July 2017. Manuscripts in the field of biological chemistry and medicinal chemistry fall under her responsibility. Julia is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Robert Guilliatt
Robert started his editorial career joining Nature Communications in August 2017. He obtained his degree in Nanoscale Science and Technology and his PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine from the University of Leeds. He handles papers at the interface of the physical and life sciences related to biomaterials, nanoparticle/drug delivery and biochemical/chemical and materials based sensors. Robert is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Johannes Kreutzer
Johannes joined Nature Communications in September 2017 as an Associate Editor. With a PhD in materials chemistry and a background in photopolymerization, he handles manuscripts on chemical soft matter and advanced organic functional materials. Johannes is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Ariane Vartanian
Ariane joined Nature Communications in April 2016. She received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied the surface chemistry and self-assembly behavior of anisotropic nanocrystals. As an editor, she handles manuscripts in nanoscale chemistry, nanomaterials, and supramolecular chemistry. Ariane is based in the New York office.
BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEAM
The biochemistry and molecular biology team handles a broad range of manuscripts which aim to decipher the molecular mechanisms underpinning cellular physiology, from large scale epigenetics and proteomics down to the structure and biophysics of single proteins.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Stephane Larochelle
Stephane joined Nature Communications in April 2014 following two years at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. He received his PhD in molecular biology from McGill University followed by post-doctoral work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he studied the biology and biochemistry of cell cycle and transcription regulation. In addition to overseeing content and editorial process for the team, he handles submissions in all areas of the team’s remit. Stéphane is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Karin Kühnel
Karin joined Nature Communications in September 2016, after being a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, studying the structure of autophagy-related proteins. She holds a PhD in Structural Biology from the Cambridge University and carried out postdoctoral work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. She handles submissions on protein folding and all areas of structural biology. Karin is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Philip Lössl
Philip joined Nature Communications in July 2017. He studied biochemistry at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, focusing on cross-linking mass spectrometry for his Master's thesis. He then earned his PhD at Utrecht University, applying mass spectrometry approaches to study protein structures, modifications and interactions. Philip handles submissions in the areas of proteomics and biomolecular mass spectrometry, structural biology, as well as the biochemistry of signalling and the regulation of post-translation modifications. Philip is based in the Berlin office.
Associate Editor: Christine Mieck
Christine joined Nature Communications in September 2017. Christine obtained her PhD from IMP Vienna where she studied kinesin motors using in vitro reconstitution and structural biology approaches. Her post-doctoral work at IMP Vienna and IST Austria continued to explore the biochemical and biophysical bases of cellular polarity. Christine handles submissions on the biochemistry and structural biology of membrane proteins, computational structural biology, and general and single molecule biophysics. Christine is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Anne Mirabella
Anne joined Nature Communications in January 2017. Her doctoral work at Imperial College, London, focused on the 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. Anne handles submissions on the molecular biology of DNA replication and repair, non-coding RNAs, as well as various aspects of RNA metabolism. Anne 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, focusing on genetic and epigenetic regulation of adult stem cells in Drosophila. She later investigated the role of epigenetic regulation in mammalian epidermal stem cells at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She handles submissions on the molecular biology of chromatin, epigenetics, transcription and epigenomics. Carolina is based in the London office.
The biotechnology team handles manuscripts covering all aspects of biotechnology and the applied biological sciences. From systems and computational biology, to synthetic biology, genetic engineering and methods we publish papers enabling new discovery.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Kyle Legate
Kyle joined Nature Communications in December 2013. After a degree in biochemistry at McMaster University in Canada he moved to Munich Germany where he studied mechanisms of cell adhesion using mouse biology, cell biology and biophysical approaches. He is the team manager of the Nature Communications biotechnology team and in addition to overseeing the journal’s biotechnology content, he handles manuscripts in bioengineering. Kyle is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Chuanfu An
Chuanfu joined Nature Communications in January 2017. His previous research focused on plant defense against microbial pathogens, cold acclimation, metabolic engineering, cotton fiber development, and application of biotechnology in plant breeding, during his PhD at Mississippi State University and postdoctoral training at the Universities of Georgia, Florida and Michigan State. He handles manuscripts on plant genetics and biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, and general biotechnological development. Chuanfu is based in the New York office.
Senior Editor: Ross Cloney
Ross joined Nature Communications in November 2014. Like many synthetic biologists, he came to the field from other areas of molecular biology – in his case from an academic background in DNA damage and repair at the University of Sussex. His manuscript remit includes synthetic biology and genome engineering, as well as therapeutic biotechnology. Ross is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Bernadett Gaál
Bernadett joined Nature Communications in October 2015. She studied Biology at the University of York and received her DPhil in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London. Her research explored the sources of cellular noise in stem cells, and the implications of dynamic cell-to-cell variability for the evolutionary dynamics of microorganisms. She handles manuscripts in the areas of systems, computational and mathematical biology and some aspects of complex systems. Bernadett is based in the London office.
Senior Editor: Richard Pattison
Richard joined the editorial team at Nature Communications in June 2014. He obtained his PhD in plant biology at the University of Glasgow and carried out postdoctoral research on tomato development at the Boyce Thompson Institute in New York. Richard handles manuscripts in the subject areas of plant molecular and cellular biology, plant development and reproduction and plant-environment interactions. He is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Alfredo Sansone
Alfredo joined Nature Communications in July 2017. After graduating in Biology from University of Naples Federico II in Italy, he obtained his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Göttingen in Germany studying the olfactory system. He then moved to University College London as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow to study collective cell migration during embryonic development. Alfredo handles cell biology methods, imaging, and organ-on-a-chip manuscripts. Alfredo is based in the London office.
CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY TEAM
The cell and developmental biology team handles manuscripts on all aspects of cell biology, research into the biology of reproduction, stem cells, regeneration and developmental biology.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Natascha Bushati
Natascha joined Nature Communications in February 2013 after six months at EMBO Molecular Medicine. She moved to Nature Cell Biology in 2014 and returned to Nature Communications as a team manager in 2017. Natascha received her PhD from EMBL 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 postdoc at TLL in Singapore, Natascha joined the NIMR in London, studying neural tube progenitor specification. She currently handles papers in the area of reproduction. Natascha is based in the London office.
Senior Editor: Ann Le Good
Ann moved to Nature Communications in March 2015, having previously worked at BMC Biology/the BMC series journals for 8 years. 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 London covering, as main topics: development, regeneration, bioengineering and embryonic stem cells.
Senior 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 and handles manuscripts in cell biology.
Associate Editor: Robert Stephenson
Robert joined Nature Communications in spring 2017. He obtained his PhD at the University of Toronto, where he studied the role of morphogenesis in the development of the first three cell lineages in preimplantation mouse embryos. For his postdoctoral work he moved to the Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan to study the transcription factor interaction network stabilizing pluripotency in mouse embryonic stem cells. Robert is based in our Shanghai office.
The cancer team covers the broad spectrum of cancer research: from molecular and biological advances to therapeutic implications, from the genetic basis of cancer predisposition to the investigation of the mechanisms behind specific driver mutations.
Locum Team Manager and Senior Editor: Simona Fiorani
Following the completion of her PhD in Italy, Simona moved to London for her post-doctoral studies on the molecular basis of genome instability. Simona built her editorial experience covering the wide breath of cancer research at Nature Communications and several aspects of cell biology during a secondment at Nature Cell Biology. She has been leading the cancer team since December 2016 and continues to contribute to the journal's cancer content in her role as a senior editor handling manuscripts in the areas of cancer diagnostics and cancer signalling. Simona is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Alex Gout
Alex joined Nature Communications in January 2017. He holds a bachelor degree in Genetics and Biochemistry as well as a graduate diploma in Computer Science from the University of Western Australia, and obtained a PhD in Medical Biology/Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne while working on Plasmodium falciparum transcriptomics at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. Alex completed his postdoctoral work on pediatric leukemia/rare cancer genomics at the Telethon Kids Institute, and time at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Alex handles manuscripts in the area of cancer genetics and genomics and he 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 and primarily works on cancer epigenetics and genomics.
Associate Editor: Maria Giuseppina Baratta
Maria Giuseppina joined Nature Communications in November 2015 and she handles manuscripts in the area of cancer metabolism and cancer immunology. She received her PhD in molecular oncology from the European School of Molecular Medicine in 2009 studying mechanisms of malignant transformation and during her post-doctoral work at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard Medical school she investigated the therapeutic potential of druggable genes in models of ovarian cancer. Maria Giuseppina is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Stephanie Koo
Stephanie joined Nature Communications in September 2017. She received her PhD in cancer biology from National University of Singapore. In 2011, she joined Imperial College London for her postdoctoral work to study protein kinases and forkhead box transcription factors in breast cancer development and cancer drug resistance and following that she investigated inhibitors of Thousand-and-one amino kinases (TAOKs) as potential drug targets for breast cancer treatment at King's College London. She is handling manuscripts in areas of cancer cell biology and cancer molecular biology. She is based in the London Office.
Senior Editor: Ylenia Lombardo
Ylenia joined Nature Communications in June 2015. During her PhD in molecular oncopathology at the University of Palermo and her postdoctoral research at Imperial College in London, she investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the survival and mechanism of resistance of cancer stem cells. Ylenia is based in the London office where she mainly handles cancer stem cells as well as translational and clinical studies in cancer.
Associate Editor: Aishwarya Sundaram
Aishwarya Sundaram started as an Editor at Nature Communications in September 2017. Before joining Nature Communications she worked for several years in the pharmaceutical industry on drug discovery projects spanning multiple therapeutic areas, and obtained her PhD in cancer and obesity research from Heidelberg University, Germany. Currently, she handles cancer metastasis and therapy-related submissions at Nature Communications, and works in the Berlin office.
BIOMEDICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH TEAM
The editors of the Biomedical and Translational Research team handle manuscripts ranging from the basic biology of physiology and disease to translational, therapeutic and clinical studies, primarily in the fields of metabolism, cardiovascular research, organ and tissue biology and ageing.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Andreia Cunha
Andreia joined Nature Communications in January 2018, after five and a half years at Genome Medicine, where she handled varied types of translational and clinical studies across a broad range of topics and clinical specialities. Previously, she studied the regulatory role of stress-responsive genes in autoimmune neuroinflammation at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and was awarded a PhD for this work by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Andreia is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Francesco Conti
Francesco joined Nature Communications in May 2016. He obtained his PhD in developmental biology from King's College London where he studied cell adhesion and wound healing. He did his postdoctoral work at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, where he worked on cell fusion and skeletal muscle development. He then joined University College London, and worked on genome editing for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and on neuromuscular development. He primarily handles papers in the fields of gene therapy, neuromuscular and bone biology, and therapeutic and clinical studies. Francesco is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Elena Bellafante
Elena joined Nature Communications in April 2016. She obtained her PhD from the Open University exploring the role of mitochondria in fatty liver and intestinal cancer. As a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow Elena also worked on bile acid metabolism and gestational diabetes. She handles manuscripts in the fields of metabolism, hepatology and gastroenterology. Elena is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Veronique Gebala
Véronique joined Nature Communications in August 2017. Following her undergraduate studies at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Paris-Sud (France), she moved to the UK where she earned a PhD in Biology from University College London. She carried out her doctoral work at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute and the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (Berlin, Germany), studying mechanisms of blood vessel formation by sprouting angiogenesis. At Nature Communications, Véronique handles papers in the fields of vascular biology, renal physiology and disease, and blood biology. Véronique is based in the Berlin office.
Associate Editor: Anna Kriebs
Anna joined Nature Communications in January 2018. She studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen before moving to The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California for her doctoral work. During her PhD Anna focused on the time-of-day dependent regulation of nuclear receptors by the circadian clock and its effects on physiology and metabolism. Anna is based in the Berlin office.
Associate Editor: Maria-Teresa Piccoli
Maria-Teresa joined Nature Communications in August 2017. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from the University of L’Aquila, she completed her doctoral studies at the Hannover Medical School, where she investigated the role of long noncoding RNAs in cardiac diseases. Maria-Teresa is based in the Berlin office and primarily handles manuscripts in the fields of cardiac and lung research, as well as manuscripts dealing with medical imaging.
MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY TEAM
The microbiology and immunology interdisciplinary team handles manuscripts from all aspects of these two fields, including fundamental research, translational work on therapeutic and vaccine developments for infectious and autoimmune diseases, and clinical research studies.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Ripudaman Bains
Ripudaman joined Nature Communications in February 2017 after working at Genome Biology for three years and at Genome Medicine for five months. Ripudaman manages the team of microbiology and immunology editors, and oversees all of the content that Nature Communications publishes in these fields. Ripudaman holds a PhD from University College London in human genetic diversity in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this she completed an MSc in Medical Parasitology and a Diploma in Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ripudaman is based in the London office.
Senior Editor: Nick Bernard
Nick joined Nature Communications in March 2015 having worked as Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Rheumatology since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Nick handles immunology and rheumatology and is particularly interested in host-pathogen interactions, inflammation, innate immunity and immunometabolism. Nick is based in the London Office.
Associate Editor: Ching-yu Huang
Ching-yu joined Nature Communications in 2016. He received his PhD in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Previously as a principal investigator, he studied mouse genetics, T cell biology and immune signalling. He currently handles manuscripts in all aspects of immunology, including cancer immune therapy and system immunology. Ching-yu is based in the Shanghai office.
Associate Editor: Gavin Mason
Gavin joined Nature Communications in June 2017 and handles topics spanning the fields of immunology and microbiology, specialising in research at the interface of these disciplines focused on host-pathogen interactions. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge where his doctoral research focused on immune response to infection and completed postdoctoral positions at King’s College London.
Senior Editor: César Sánchez
César began his editorial career in 2008, after ten years dedicated to research on bacterial biochemistry and genetics of antibiotic-producing Streptomycetes. He worked as an associate editor at Trends in Microbiology, Nature Reviews Microbiology and the News & Views section of Nature, before joining Nature Communications in October 2013. Having handled manuscripts on diverse microbiological topics, he is currently focused on bacterial, archaeal and fungal biology, including microbial cell biology, microbiomes, pathogenesis, antimicrobial therapies, and environmental microbiology. César is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Sonja Schmid
Sonja handles manuscripts in virology and parasitology, including research on all aspects of pathogen-host interactions, development of vaccines and therapeutics, epidemiology, and clinical studies. Before joining Nature Communications, Sonja studied anti-viral defense systems, focusing on innate immune signaling and the small RNA machinery, as postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Sonja is based in the New York office.
NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY TEAM
The team oversees content selections for submissions in all areas of neuroscience – from molecular to systems and cognitive neuroscience - and psychology. The team’s remit includes basic science research on the brain and behaviour of humans or animals, as well as clinical/translational studies on neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our neuroscience editors are also interested in studies that examine the interaction of the brain/nervous system with other systems of the body.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Min Cho
Min joined Nature Communications in June 2015 after having been a senior editor at Nature Neuroscience. He received his PhD in molecular biology and neuroscience from Princeton University. Studying mechanisms of learning and memory, he continued this work at Boston University. Prior to doctoral studies, he examined the genetic basis of cardiovascular diseases and lipid disorders at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to overseeing content and editorial process for the team, he handles neurogenetics and neurogenomics submissions. Min is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Fiona Carr
Fiona joined Nature Communications in March 2016. She was a locum Assistant Editor for Nature Medicine in 2014 and a locum Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Neuroscience in 2015. She obtained her PhD in neuroscience from University College London to study the role of descending facilitation in rodent models of chronic pain. At Mount Sinai School of Medicine, her postdoctoral work investigated molecular mechanisms of chronic pain and addiction. Fiona manages submissions on neurodegeneration and neurological diseases, and is based in the London office.
Associate Editor: Jamie Horder
Jamie joined Nature Communications in September 2017. Previously, he was a postdoc at King’s College London investigating brain GABA and glutamate in autism using MRI/PET. His PhD (Oxford 2010) studied the role of endocannabinoids in depression via fMRI and cognitive psychology methods. Jamie handles manuscripts relating to psychology and systems neuroscience with a focus on psychiatric and neurological disorders. He 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 serotonin neurons during an olfactory perceptual decision task. His post-doctoral research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory focused on using optogenetic tagging techniques to investigate the behavioural correlates of genetically determined neuronal populations. Sachin’s editorial remit include systems neuroscience and computational neuroscience. Sachin is based in the New York Office.
Associate Editor: Mary Elizabeth Sutherland
Mary Elizabeth joined Nature Communications in April 2016. She obtained her PhD in auditory cognitive neuroscience from McGill University. She then moved to the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile for a postdoc focusing on attention and memory, where she stayed briefly as a professor in the departments of medicine and psychology. Mary Elizabeth manages content selection on cognitive neuroscience and human behavior, and is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Ada Yee
Ada joined Nature Communications in February 2017. Her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University focused on molecular mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity and GABAergic synaptic transmission. She has also studied GnRH neuron development at the National Institutes of Health, USA. Ada’s editorial remit includes neurophysiology and molecular and cellular neuroscience. She is based in the New York office.
GENETICS, ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND ZOOLOGY TEAM
The genetics, ecology, evolution and zoology team handles manuscripts exploring the molecular basis of phenotypes, how traits arise and shape populations, and how organisms interact with each other and their environment. The team look after topics ranging from human genetics and genomics to theoretical and applied aspects of ecology and evolution.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Rebecca Furlong
Rebecca moved to Nature Communications in May 2016, having previously worked at Genome Medicine for six 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.
Associate Editor: Izzadora Andrew
Izzy joined Nature Communications in October 2016. She completed a PhD in Crop Science at Rothamsted Research and the University of Nottingham. Following this, she was a lecturer at the University of Reading. She handles manuscripts in ecology, conservation, socio-ecological systems, agriculture and sustainability.
Associate Editor: Emily Jones
Emily handles manuscripts in evolution and paleontology. She joined Nature Communications in December 2015 after completing her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and postdoctoral research at Washington State University and Rice University. Emily is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Alexa McKay
Alexa obtained her PhD from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, where she conducted research in the fields of animal behavior, animal physiology, and disease ecology. As an editor at Nature Communications, Alexa handles papers in many diverse areas of ecology (microbial, population, community, ecosystem, and theoretical) and zoology. She has been with the journal since May 2016 and is based in the New York office.
Associate Editor: Lin Tang
Lin joined Nature Communications in November 2016 and handles manuscripts in genetics, bioinformatics and molecular evolution. He obtained his PhD in Computational Biology at CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, CAS. Lin is based in the Shanghai Office.
Associate Editor: Michelle Trenkmann
Michelle has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Leipzig and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Zurich. In her postdoctoral work at University College Dublin, she focused on macrophage biology and GWAS follow-up in rheumatoid arthritis. Since joining the journal in February 2017, Michelle has been handling manuscripts on human genetics, in particular disease genetics. She is based in the London office.
The Earth team covers all aspects of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, past, present and future, from the fundamental physical, chemical and biological principles of the Earth system to broader solid Earth processes and surface, ocean and atmospheric dynamics. The team also considers the interactions between humans and these systems, including climate and environmental impacts, and the implications for the economy, policy and society.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Lewis Collins
Lewis is the Team Manager for the Earth team and primarily handles manuscripts on palaeoclimatology, palaeoceanography, and the cryosphere. A graduate from Cardiff University and the British Antarctic Survey, his areas of doctoral and post-doctoral research include palaeoceanography, proxy development, polar science and Quaternary climate change, although he now very much enjoys wading into deep-time.
Associate Editor: Delphine Defforey
Delphine, the Earth team’s resident ‘biologist’ fascinated by mud, handles manuscripts in all things biogeochemistry, including soil science and marine chemistry. Delphine received her PhD in biogeochemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, stable isotopes and metagenomics to study phosphorus cycling in marine sediments.
Associate Editor: Melissa Plail
Melissa, a geologist with a passion for all things rocky, handles our content on solid Earth science, planetary science, hydrology and land surface processes. Melissa joined Nature Communications following a PhD in volcanology from the University of East Anglia and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Witwatersand. Her research focused on the use of petrology and geochemistry to unravel the driving forces behind explosive volcanic eruptions.
Associate Editor: Eithne Tynan
Eithne, a chemist captivated by oceanography, joined Nature Communications following editorial roles at Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience and handles our content on ocean, atmospheric, and physical climate science, and the impacts of climate change. She has a PhD in chemistry from Trinity College Dublin and carried out postdoctoral research on the polar ocean carbon cycle at the University of Southampton.
Associate Editor: Yang Xia
Yang joined Nature Communications in January 2018 as the first social science editor. She has a BS in economics, a MS in sustainability, both from the University of Leeds, and a doctorate in ecological economics from the University of East Anglia, where her research focuses on quantitative assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of health outcomes resulting from disasters such as heat-waves and air pollution. She handles manuscripts on socio-economics, climate-related health risks, climate policy and sustainability. She is based in the London office.
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