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The Editorial Office is in London, UK. All enquiries should be directed to the Chief Editor, Melanie Clyne, in the first instance via e-mail.

About the Editors:

Chief Editor: Melanie Clyne

Mel joined Nature Protocols in June 2014 and leads the journal's editorial team. Mel completed her PhD at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex, where she studied cisplatin resistance in mismatch-repair-defective cells. She continued this research with a brief stint as a postdoctoral scientist before making the transition from laboratory-based research to medical publishing in 2009. She worked—first as an Editorial Assistant, and then as a Clinical Writer—for Map of Medicine, drafting evidence-based, peer-reviewed, best-practice care pathways for the NHS, and helping local healthcare communities to evaluate the impact of service redesign. Mel joined Nature Publishing Group in September 2011 as an Editor for Nature Reviews Urology, before returning to her biomedical research roots by taking up her current position at Nature Protocols.

Managing Editor: Katharine Barnes

Katharine joined Nature Protocols in January 2006 as Chief Editor and led the editorial team of Nature Protocols until November 2009, when she stepped down from the full-time Chief Editor role to become Managing Editor, working part-time. Before joining Nature Protocols Katharine was Editor of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. A graduate of the University of Durham, UK, she completed her PhD in cancer pharmacology at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. Her postdoctoral research, based in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Pharmacology, was focused on the phosphatase CDC25 and its potential as a target for anti-cancer drug development.

Senior Editor: Dorothy Clyde

Dorothy Clyde obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she investigated sex-specific gene expression in Drosophila under the guidance of Prof. Mary Bownes. Dot began her post-doctoral career with Prof. Stephen Small at New York University, where she studied pattern formation in the early Drosophila embryo. On her return to the UK, she continued her studies on Drosophila embryonic development, this time focusing on the molecular and cellular events involved in the process of dorsal closure. Dorothy joined Nature Protocols in January 2006.

Senior Editor: Bronwen Dekker

Bronwen Dekker did a masters in Natural Product Chemistry (under Dulcie Mulholland, University of Natal) and worked in the toxicology section of a forensic science laboratory before doing a PhD under Jamal Zweit and Alastair Watson in the Radiochemical Targeting and Imaging group at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research. After a radiochemistry post-doc in Steve Mather's laboratory at St Bartholomew's hospital, she joined Nature Protocols in February 2006.

Senior Editor: Hannah Clark

Hannah obtained her MA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford (St. Hilda's College) before undertaking a Ph.D. in Equine Parasitology, investigating the molecular mechanisms of benzimidazole resistance in equine small strongyles. This was completed under the supervision of Dr. Jane Hodgkinson at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool. Hannah joined Nature Protocols as an Assistant Editor in July 2006.

Associate Editor: Mathijs Vleugel

Mathijs received his PhD training at Utrecht University (The Netherlands), where he investigated the molecular evolution of cell cycle regulation under the supervision of Prof. Geert Kops. After obtaining his PhD in 2014, Mathijs did his post-doctoral research in the group of Prof. Marileen Dogterom at the University of Technology in Delft. During this period, he worked on the in vitro reconstitution of mitotic spindles using microfluidic technologies. In January 2017, Mathijs joined Nature Protocols as an Associate Editor.

Locum Associate Editor: Kay Wiebrands

Kay started his PhD in 2011 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, in the group of Prof. Alexander van Oudenaarden. In 2012, the group moved to the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where Kay focused on single-cell sequencing of the gastrointestinal organs. In September 2016, Kay obtained his PhD from Utrecht University on this subject and continued doing a brief postdoc in the same group. In May 2017, Kay joined Nature Protocols as an Associate Editor.

Editorial Assistant: Beata Ghavimi

Beata has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and specialised in international trade and development economics. She has previously worked as a researcher in the editorial department of The Banker magazine at The Financial Times Group. Beata joined Nature Protocols in March 2016. Contact Beata at

Editorial Assistant: Ashleigh Carver

Ashleigh completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science with first class honours in 2015 at the University of Sussex. Her final research project explored the genetic basis, cancer predisposition, animal models, and patient management of Li Fraumeni Syndrome. Ashleigh joined Springer Nature in December 2015 before joining the Nature Protocols team in May 2016. Ashleigh splits her time between Nature Protocols and a number of Nature Review titles, including Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, and Nature Reviews Nephrology.

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