About the Editors

Nature Astronomy is staffed by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds. It is led by May Chiao, formerly of Nature and Nature Physics, and includes Marios Karouzos, Luca Maltagliati and Paul Woods.

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 at the University of Cambridge and the Solid State Laboratory at ETH-Zürich, investigating fundamental properties of exotic magnets as well as superconductors and superfluids.


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.