About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Astronomy has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

Chief Editor: May Chiao

May was a Senior Editor for Nature Physics, with responsibility for its astrophysics content, and has previously been an editor for Nature and Nature Materials. After working in radio astronomy with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope group in Canada, she went on to obtain her PhD in 1999 from McGill University, in low temperature physics. She undertook postdoctoral research at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the Solid State Laboratory at ETH-Zürich, investigating fundamental properties of exotic magnets as well as superconductors and superfluids.


Locum Senior Editor: Morgan Hollis

Morgan joined the team in 2021, having previously been deputy press officer at the Royal Astronomical Society and an assistant editor at Monthly Notices of the RAS. He gained his PhD from University College London, working on the atmospheric characterisation of extrasolar planets, and his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Warwick. The areas he covers for Nature Astronomy include extragalactic astronomy, theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, and his more general interests include geology and geophysics, atmospheric physics, the history of science, and the interfaces between science and the arts.


Senior Editor: Marios Karouzos 

Marios has come to us by way of Seoul National University in South Korea, where he worked on active galactic nuclei. Previous to that, Marios undertook his doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. For his research, Marios has used ground and space telescopes to observe galaxies in wavelengths ranging from gamma-rays to the radio regime. His main area of expertise is the evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes as potential regulators of their growth. Other interests include relativistic outflows, binary supermassive black holes and galactic environments. 


Senior Editor: Luca Maltagliati

After working on solar physics at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Firenze, Italy), Luca switched to planetary science for his doctorate on the Martian water cycle with Mars Express observations at the Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (then in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany), continuing this work as a postdoctoral fellow at the LATMOS laboratory (Guyancourt, France). Luca then conducted research on Titan’s atmosphere and surface with Cassini observations at the Observatoire de Paris and the Commissariat pour l’Énergie Atomique, before returning to the Observatoire de Paris to work on the Exoplanet.eu database of extrasolar planets. Luca’s main area of expertise is atmospheric physics and climate of terrestrial planets, observed in remote sensing spectrometry.


Senior Editor: Paul Woods

Paul gained his PhD in astrophysics from UMIST/University of Manchester in 2005, having also completed a two-year studentship at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. He has since pursued research at NASA JPL, Pasadena; Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester; University College London and Queen’s University, Belfast. His principal interest has been interstellar chemistry and dust, studying observationally and theoretically the complex chemistries and mineralogies of hot cores, protoplanetary discs, AGB stars, proto-planetary and planetary nebulae.



Contributing Editors, Books & Arts


Senior Editor: Ankita Anirban, PhD ORCiD

Ankita joined Nature Reviews Physics in 2020, after a brief period as locum associate editor with Nature Reviews Materials. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2019 on the electronic transport properties of topological insulators. Prior to that, she worked on the transport of 1D electron wires in semiconductor systems. Ankita is in the London office.

Senior Editor: Zoe Budrikis, PhD ORCiD

Zoe joined Nature Reviews Physics in 2018, following a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, and at the Center for Complexity and Biosystems at the University of Milan. There she made theoretical and computational studies of the mechanical properties of materials, especially graphene and biological systems. Prior to that, she obtained her PhD in 2012 from the University of Western Australia, where she worked on geometrically frustrated magnetic systems. Find her publications here. Zoe is in the London office.