About the Editors

Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, London

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. Before joining Nature as Editor in Chief she was Editor in Chief of Nature Communications. She studied sex determination at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, and Notch signalling in the vertebrate gut epithelium 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 is based in the London office.

Biological sciences

Francesca Cesari, Chief Biological Sciences Editor, London

Education: BSc, Università di Roma, La Sapienza; PhD, University of Tübingen; postdoctoral work, The Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: overseeing editorial content and management of biological sciences team

Susan Allison, Consulting Editor, Biology, London

Education: BSc, University of Otago, New Zealand; PhD, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, UNSW, Australia; post-doctoral work, Lund University, Sweden.

Victoria Aranda, Team Manager, Biology, New York

Education: BSc, Biochemistry, and PhD, Biochemistry, University of Navarra, Spain; postdoctoral work, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Areas of responsibility include: cancer, translational medicine, gene therapy, genome editing, biotechnology.

Anna Armstrong, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: BSc and  PhD, University of York; postdoctoral work, Australian National University and University of York.
Areas of responsibility include: ecology, agriculture.

George Caputa, Associate Editor, Biology, Berlin

Education: BSc, Saint Louis University; PhD, Washington University in St. Louis; postdoctoral work, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
Areas of responsibility include: cellular and mitochondrial metabolism, organismal metabolism, environmental microbial metabolism, cardiac physiology and disease, vascular biology and angiogenesis, fibrosis.

I-han Chou, Team Manager, Biology, San Francisco

Education: BA, Psychology, Harvard University; PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; postdoctoral work, University of California, San Francisco.
Areas of responsibility include: neuroscience (including sensory and motor systems, decision making, decision making, executive function) health sciences.

Angela K. Eggleston, Team Manager, Biology, Boston

Education: BSc, Microbiology, and MSc, Molecular Genetics, University of Notre Dame; PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University; postdoctoral work, Imperial Cancer Research Fund (Clare Hall Laboratories) and HHMI-Children's Hospital Boston.
Areas of responsibility include: DNA structure and metabolism, RNA structure and metabolism, biophysics of photosystems; protein folding and design. 

Zoltan Fehervari, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: BSc, Zoology/Psychology, Reading University, UK; MSc. Immunology, Imperial College, UK; PhD, Cambridge University, UK and GSK, Stevenage UK; postdoctoral work Cambridge University, UK and Kyoto University, Japan.
Areas of responsibility include: immunology and microbiology.

Henry Gee, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: BSc, University of Leeds; PhD, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: evolutionary biology including integrative and comparative biology, palaeontology, archaeology, evolutionary developmental biology, taxonomy and systematics, general zoology and botany.

Véronique Gebala, Senior Editor, Biology, Berlin

Education: BSc, Biology, and MSc, Cancer Biology, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Paris-Sud: PhD, Vascular Biology, University College London.
Areas of responsibility include: stem cells, developmental biology, mechanobiology.

Noah Gray, Senior Editor, Biology, New York

Education: BSc, University of Notre Dame; PhD, Mayo Clinic and Graduate School; postdoctoral work, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Areas of responsibility include: neurodevelopment (including neurodevelopment, neural circuits and plasticity, learning and memory, cellular and molecular neuroscience, neuroscience techniques).

Marie-Thèrése Heemels, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: BSc and MSc, Free University Amsterdam; PhD, Netherlands Cancer Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas of responsibility include: neurodegeneration, ageing, general physiology.

Christina Tobin Kåhrström, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: BSc, Biomedical Science, Dublin Institute of Technology; PhD, Microbiology, Uppsala University.
Areas of responsibility include: microbiology.

Bryden Le Bailly, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: MSci, University of Bristol; PhD, University of Manchester; postdoctoral work, University of Manchester and University of Bristol.
Areas of responsibility include: chemical biology, membrane transport (including channels and transporters), enzymology.

Barbara Marte, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: Diploma in Human Biology, University of Marburg; PhD, Cell Biology, University of Basel; postdoctoral work, Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
Areas of responsibility include: cancer, cell cycle.

David Rowland, Associate Editor, Biology, New York

Education: Biology, BA, Kenyon College; Biology, PhD, University of Oregon; postdoctoral work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Areas of responsibilities include: neuroscience (including sleep and circadian biology, brain-body interactions, neuroethology, innate behaviours, disease and injury, neuroscience resources).

Sadaf Shadan, Team Manager, Biology, London

Education: BSc, King's College London; PhD, University of Cambridge; postdoctoral work, University College London.
Areas of responsibility include: cell biology, plant biology.

Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Senior Editor, Biology, New York

Education: B.A. Cornell University; PhD, McGill University; postdoctoral work, Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile.
Areas of responsibility include: cognitive neuroscience, the behavioural and social sciences (including psychology, sociology, computational social sciences, education, political science, science of science, science policy).

Clare Thomas, Team Manager, Biology, London

Education: BSc, Biochemistry, University of Sheffield; PhD, Virology and Gene Therapy, University of Leeds; postdoctoral work, University of Manchester and Stanford University.
Areas of responsibility include: virology.

Michelle Trenkmann, Senior Editor, Biology, Berlin

Education: Advanced degree in Biochemistry, University of Leipzig; PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Zurich; postdoctoral work, University College Dublin.
Areas of responsibility include: genetics, genomics and molecular evolution.

Florian Ullrich, Associate Editor, Biology, Berlin

Education: Diplom in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena; PhD in Biology, Freie Universität Berlin; postdoctoral work, Max-Delbruck-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin and Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie Berlin.
Areas of responsibility include: biochemistry, structural and molecular biology.

Jie Wang, Senior Editor, Biology, Shanghai

Education: BSc, Clinical Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; PhD, Cell Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine; postdoctoral work, University of California Los Angeles.
Areas of responsibility include: epigenetics, transcription & chromatin, and signal transduction.

Ursula Weiss, Senior Editor, Biology, London

Education: PhD, Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, postdoctoral work, Immunology, Institute for Genetics, Cologne.
Areas of responsibility include: immunology, vaccine development, immunotherapies.

Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences

Karl Ziemelis, Chief Physical Sciences Editor, London

Education: BA, natural sciences, University of Cambridge. 
Areas of responsibility: overseeing physical sciences editorial content and management.

Yohan Dall’Agnese, Associate Editor, Physical Sciences, London

Education: PhD, materials science and engineering, University Paul Sabatier and Drexel University; Associate professorship, Jilin University; Assistant professorship, energy storage, University College London.
Areas of responsibility include: energy and electrocatalysis.

Claire Hansell, Team Manager, Physical Sciences, London

Education: MA natural sciences & MSci chemistry, University of Cambridge; PhD polymer chemistry, University of Warwick.
Areas of responsibility include: materials and chemistry.

Magdalena Helmer, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London

Education: Vordiplom, chemistry, University of Tübingen; MS, marine and atmospheric chemistry, University of Florida; PhD, environmental sciences, University of East Anglia.
Areas of responsibility include: chemistry.

Kristina Maria Kareh, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London

Education: MEng biomaterials and tissue Engineering, Imperial College London; PhD metallurgy and X-ray imaging, Imperial College London; postdoctoral work, Imperial College London.
Areas of responsibility include: materials science.

Bryden Le Bailly, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London

Education: MSci, University of Bristol; PhD, University of Manchester; post-doctoral work Universities of Manchester and Bristol.
Areas of responsibility include: organic and biological chemistry.

Federico Levi, Team Manager, Physical Sciences, London

Education: MA physics, Università degli Studi di Milano; PhD theoretical quantum physics, University of Freiburg.
Areas of responsibility include: pure and applied physics.

Juliane Mössinger, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London

Education: BSc chemistry and environmental chemistry, University of Wales; MPhil and PhD, atmospheric chemistry, University of Cambridge; research fellowship, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: biogeochemical cycles, geomorphology, atmospheric chemistry and environmental science.

Tobias Rödel, Associate Editor, Physical Sciences, Berlin

Education: MA nanostructure technology, Universität Würzburg; PhD solid state physics, Université Paris-Sud; postdoctoral work, University of Luxembourg
Areas of responsibility include: condensed matter and solid-state physics.

Leslie Sage, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Washington DC

Education: PhD, astronomy, Stony Brook University; postdoctoral fellowships at New Mexico Tech and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy; assistant professorship University of Nevada at Las Vegas; research associate position, University of Maryland.
Areas of responsibility include: astronomy, planetary science and physics.

Reetta Saikku, Locum Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London

Education: BSc, ocean science, University of Plymouth; MSc, oceanography, University of Southampton; PhD, geological sciences, University of Southern California.
Areas of responsibility include: climate sciences

John VanDecar, Team Manager, Physical Sciences, London

Education: BSc, geophysics, Texas A&M University; PhD, geophysics, University of Washington; postdoctoral fellowships at Utrecht University, and Carnegie Institution of Washington DC.
Areas of responsibility include: geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the solid Earth and terrestrial planets.

Christiana Varnava, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Berlin

Education: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London; MRes Photonics, University College London; PhD semiconductor physics, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: electronics, photonics, applied physics.

Michael White, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, San Francisco

Education: BA, environmental science, University of Virginia; MS, forestry, University of Montana; PhD, remote sensing and ecological modeling; postdoctoral fellowship, University of Montana.
Areas of responsibility include: climate sciences.

Yang Xia, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Shanghai

Education: BSc, Economics, University of Leeds; MSc, Ecological Economics, University of Leeds; PhD, Ecological Economics, University of East Anglia, The United Kingdom.
Areas of responsibility include: socio-economics, climate policy, climate risk, environmental policy, sustainability and society.

News and Features

Richard Webb, Chief Magazine Editor, London

Richard joined Nature in July 2022 following 14 years at New Scientist, where he was a feature editor specialising in physical and environmental sciences, Chief Features Editor and latterly Executive Editor. Before that came a previous stint at Nature as a News & Views editor and a short and inglorious career as a research physicist working mainly at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. He has an MSci degree in physics from the University of London (Imperial College) and a PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Erlangen­-Nürnberg, Germany.

Celeste Biever, Chief News & Features Editor, London

Celeste oversees Nature's online and print news. She joined Nature in 2014 after working at New Scientistfor 11 years, where her most recent role was online and deputy news editor. At New Scientist she has at various times been a news editor for physics, biomedical sciences and technology as well as a US correspondent covering technology from the magazine's Boston office. She has master's and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from the University of Oxford and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from City University of London.

Nisha Gaind, Bureau Chief, Europe

Nisha has been with Nature since 2013, and moved into her current position in July 2018. She has a MSci degree in astrophysics and physical chemistry from University College London.

Ehsan Masood, Bureau Chief: Editorials, Africa and the Middle East, London

Ehsan joined Nature in 2019 as editor of the journal's editorials pages, and news from Africa and the Middle East. He was formerly editor of the science policy magazine Research Fortnight. Ehsan worked at Nature in the 1990s as a correspondent covering environment and development, reporting from Japan on the signing of the Kyoto climate protocol and from Islamabad on Pakistan's nuclear programme. He is a former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and his latest book is called GDP: The World's Most Powerful Formula and How It Must Now Change (Icon, 2021).

Nicky Phillips, Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief, Sydney

Nicky joined Nature in mid-2017, after 2 years editing the Nature Index. Before that, Nicky was a science reporter, then editor, at the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. She also worked as a radio reporter and producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has degrees in science (physiology) and journalism.

Lauren Wolf, Americas Bureau Chief, Washington DC

Lauren joined Nature in 2020 after working for Chemical & Engineering News. At C&EN, she was a reporter covering nanotechnology and neuroscience, and later she was the executive editor for science, managing a team of reporters and editors to cover cutting-edge chemistry. Before becoming a journalist, Lauren carried out a postdoc at the US National Institute of Standards & Technology and received a PhD in chemistry from Boston University.

Anne Marie Conlon, Chief Editor, Audience and Engagement, London

Anne Marie joined Nature in September 2021. She previously spent 4 years at New Scientist where she worked as the Deputy Digital Editor. Before that she held roles at The Guardian, The Independent and Hot Press magazine in Dublin. She has a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University. 

Helen Pearson, Senior Editor, London

Helen is an editor, science journalist and author who has been writing and editing articles for Nature for over 20 years, including five years leading the team as Chief Magazine Editor. She currently edits content across the magazine including news, features and opinion. Her own stories have won accolades including the Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award and two best feature awards from the Association of British Science Writers. Helen has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in genetics and in 2016 she became an author, publishing a critically acclaimed popular science book called The Life Project. She is based in London.

Flora Graham, Senior Editor, Nature Briefing, London

Flora writes the daily Nature Briefing email, covering everything that matters in science, from Nature and beyond. Previously she was Digital Editor at New Scientist and a technology and physics reporter for the BBC, CBC and CNET. Flora has a BSc in Physics and English from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.
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Emma Stoye, News Editor, Europe

Emma joined Nature in 2019. Before that she was a reporter and editor at Chemistry World, covering research, publishing, science policy and reviews. Emma has a degree in biological sciences from the University of Oxford.

Traci Watson, Associate Editor, Research Highlights, Washington DC

Traci joined Nature in 2017. She studied cell biology at Amherst College and science journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Nature full-time, she wrote frequently for the news section about palaeontology and biology. Her work has also appeared in Science and Archaeology, among others. During a stint as a daily newspaper reporter, she covered everything from NASA to terrorist attacks to pop stars.

Richard Monastersky, Chief Features Editor, Washington DC

Richard joined Nature in 2008, writing and editing features on geosciences, climate, environment and other gloomy topics. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and he covered Earth sciences at Science News magazine. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has reported science stories from every continent and won several awards.

Brendan Maher, Features Editor, New York

Brendan officially joined Nature in April 2009 after freelancing for the magazine for two years editing features and commentaries. Before that, he was a senior editor for The Scientist. He has been writing and editing life-science news for more than eight years.

Kerri Smith, Features Editor, London

Kerri edits and writes for the features section, covering life sciences. She joined Nature in 2006, as an intern in the newly minted podcast department. For 11 years she presented and produced the award-winning Nature Podcast and other documentary and roundtable audio series, alongside writing for the news and features sections. Kerri has a degree in human sciences and an MSc in neuroscience from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London. 

Richard Van Noorden, Features Editor, London

Richard joined Nature in January 2009 as a reporter and subsequently a senior reporter covering chemistry, materials, energy and science publishing, and moved into his current position in 2015. Previously, he was a reporter and editor at Chemistry World. He has a master's degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Ewen Callaway, Senior Reporter, Europe

Ewen joined Nature in August 2010, after 2 years at New Scientist as Boston-based biomedical reporter. He attended the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master’s degree in microbiology at the University of Washington. He spends his free time learning to bicycle on the left side of the road.

Davide Castelvecchi, Senior Reporter, Physical Sciences

Davide covers physics, chemistry, cosmology, energy, mathematics and computer science. He joined Nature in 2012 as assistant online news editor and later deputy news editor, before moving into his current position in 2015. Previously he has been a physical sciences reporter at Science News and a senior editor at Scientific American. He has a PhD in mathematics from Stanford University and a degree in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Holly Else, Reporter, London

Holly writes about the ways that scientists conduct research and communicate their findings. Before joining Nature in 2018, she wrote about research policy and universities for Times Higher Education, and she has experience reporting on engineering, infectious diseases and public health. She studied biomedical science at the University of Sheffield and has a master’s degree in science communication from Imperial College London.

Elizabeth Gibney, Senior Reporter, London

Elizabeth joined Nature as a physical sciences reporter in 2013, after working for Times Higher Education and UK-based science policy publications Research Fortnight and Research Europe. Before that she spent two years as a staff writer at CERN, Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory. Elizabeth has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.

Max Kozlov, Reporter, Washington DC

Max covers the biomedical sciences and first joined Nature in 2021. Previously, Max wrote for Quanta MagazineThe ScientistThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Public's Radio. He studied cognitive neuroscience at Brown University and is originally from the Boston area. He loves spending as much of his free time outside, hiking, and rock climbing.

Heidi Ledford, Senior Reporter, London

Heidi writes about biology and medicine, and has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Heidi has written for The Oregonian, edited for the Berkeley Science Review, and freelanced for a few other publications.

Smriti Mallapaty, Senior Reporter, Sydney

Smriti joined Nature in 2020, and covers the Asia-Pacific region. She previously worked as an editor at the Nature Index, and has also worked as a freelance journalist reporting on science and environment based out of Kathmandu, Nepal. She has a master of science degree in environmental technology from Imperial College London.

Amy Maxmen, Senior Reporter, San Francisco

Amy joined Nature in 2017, covering the entanglements of evolution, medicine, policy and of the people involved with research. Her stories have appeared in Nature, Wired and Newsweek, among other outlets. Amy's feature on the origin of humanity was anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015, and she won the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers for a piece on Ebola. Before becoming a journalist, she received a PhD in evolution from Harvard.

Quirin Schiermeier, German Correspondent, Munich

Since 1999, Quirin has written for Nature about science and related policy in Germany, the European Union, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in climate, oceanography, fisheries and the Earth sciences. Before joining Nature, Quirin worked as a cartographer. He graduated in geography, statistics and economics from the University of Munich.

Jeff Tollefson, Senior Reporter, Washington DC

Jeff came to Nature from Congressional Quarterly, where he covered energy, climate and the environment for two years. Before that he was a Knight fellow in science journalism at MIT; a science reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican, where he covered Los Alamos and the national labs among other topics; and a general assignment reporter at the Billings Gazette for which he covered Yellowstone National Park. Jeff has won a number of accolades, including New Mexico press awards for pieces on pollution and nuclear-weapons work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is originally from Wyoming and has studied French, Russian and Portuguese.

Alexandra Witze, Retained Correspondent, Boulder, Colorado

Alex covers the Earth and planetary sciences, with a little dabbling in astronomy. She studied geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Among other places she has worked as a journalist for Science News and the Dallas Morning News; she also ran Nature's US news operations from Washington DC between 2005 and 2010. Alex rejoined the journal in 2013.

Comment, World View, Books & Arts, Correspondence, Obituaries

Sara Abdulla, Chief Opinion Editor, London

Education: BSc, mathematics, Imperial College; MSc, crystallography, Birkbeck College (University of London).
Areas of responsibility include: overseeing editorial content and management of Opinion sections, including: Comment, Columns, Books & Arts, Correspondence and Obituaries.

Joanne Baker, Senior Comment Editor

Joanne joined Nature in 2007 from the journal Science. She has degrees in physics (MA, natural sciences, University of Cambridge), astrophysics (PhD, University of Sydney) and landscape architecture (MLA Greenwich University), and held postdocs at the University of Cambridge, University of California, Berkeley and University of Oxford. In 2019–20 she was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. She’s authored several books. Areas of responsibility include: physical sciences.

Rosalind Cotter, Correspondence Editor, London

Education: BSc, chemistry, Westfield College London; PhD, biophysics, Kings College London
Areas of responsibility include: Correspondence, Communications Arising

Lucy Odling-Smee, Senior Comment Editor, San Francisco

Education: MA, natural sciences, University of Cambridge, UK; PhD, evolutionary ecology, University of Edinburgh.
Areas of responsibility include: biological sciences.

Monya Baker, Senior World View and Comment Editor, San Francisco

Monya joined Nature in 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College and an EdM from Harvard University. Areas of responsibility include how researchers can do better science.

Jack Leeming, Acting World View Editor, London

Jack joined Nature in 2015. He edits careers columns submitted by Nature's global community of working scientists, webinars, Spotlights and Career Guides. He holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Hull.

News & Views

Andrew Mitchinson, Chief Editor, News & Views, London

Education: BSc Hons, chemistry, University of Durham; PhD, chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Areas of responsibility include: chemistry, materials science, geochemistry, climate science and biochemistry.

Mary Abraham, Associate Editor, News & Views, Biological Sciences, London

Education: BA Hons, MSci, natural sciences, University of Cambridge; PhD Rockefeller University, developmental genetics; postdoctoral fellowships, University of Oxford and Yale University.
Areas of responsibility include: cancer, translational medicine, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, plant biology, palaeontology and social sciences.

Jennifer Gardiner, Senior Editor, News & Views, Biological Sciences, London

Education: BSc Hons, genetics, University of Nottingham; PhD, developmental genetics, King’s College London; postdoctoral fellowship, Institute of Cancer Research, London.
Areas of responsibility include: molecular biology, neuroscience, metabolism, developmental biology, stem cells, systems biology, genetics, genomics and epigenetics.

Abigail Klopper, Senior Editor, News & Views, Physical Sciences, London

Education: BSc Hons, physics, University of Western Australia; PhD, physics, University of Western Australia; postdoctoral fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden. 

Areas of responsibility include: physics and the Earth sciences.


David Payne, Managing Editor, Careers and Supplements, London

David joined Nature in October 2016 from The British Medical Journal, where he was online editor. His journalism career began in 1990 as a general news reporter on a local evening newspaper. He then worked for UK GP magazine Pulse, Nursing Times, and The Food Standards Agency, where he managed its website and print publications. David has a degree in English and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.

Karen Kaplan, Senior Editor, Careers, Washington DC

Karen came to Nature's careers section in December 2008 after stints at Physics Today; a handful of business publishers in Washington DC and Charleston, South Carolina; and The Day, an independent daily newspaper in New London, Connecticut. Karen, who has degrees in English and mass communications, cut her teeth in the journalism business at The Day, where she was a business reporter and editor covering big pharma.

Jeffrey Perkel, Technology Editor, New York

Jeffrey Perkel has been writing and editing stories about laboratory technology since 2000, first as senior editor for Technology at The Scientist magazine and then as a freelance science writer. His work has appeared in BioTechniques, Nature, Science, and various American Chemical Society journals, among other outlets. He has a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School. He joined Nature in 2016.


Herb Brody, Boston

Herb joined Nature in 2010 as Supplements Editor. He has a BSc in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, he was an editor at MIT's Technology Review magazine, which covers the societal, business, and policy impacts of scientific research and emerging technology.

Richard Hodson, Supplements Editor, London

Richard commissions and edits content for the Nature Outlook& supplements. He joined Nature in 2015 after completing an MA in science journalism at City University London. Prior to that, he studied biomedical science at King’s College London, with particular focus on human physiology in extreme conditions.


Noah Baker, Chief Multimedia Editor, London

Noah produces short films for Nature Video and also presents and creates audio content for the Nature Podcast. He joined Nature in 2013 after working on several independent documentary projects, for cinema and the web. Noah has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc In Science Media Production both from Imperial College London.

Shamini Bundell, Senior Multimedia Editor, London

Shamini joined the Nature Multimedia team in 2015 after almost six years in television where she worked on science documentaries for the BBC and others. She now produces short form content for Nature VideoNature Podcast. Shamini studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and then completed an MSc in Science Media Production at Imperial College London.

Benjamin Thompson, Senior Multimedia Editor, London

Benjamin joined the Nature Multimedia team in 2017, prior to which he worked at the Microbiology Society and the Wellcome Trust. Benjamin was awarded a PhD in Microbiology from the University of East Anglia in 2010.

Nick Petrić Howe, Senior Multimedia Editor, London

Nick hosts and produces audio content for the Nature Podcast. He joined Nature in 2019 after studying for a PhD, on the problems facing bees, at the University of Birmingham.

Dan Fox, Multimedia Editor, London

Dan produces short films and audio for Nature. He joined the team in 2019 after stints making digial content for Asthma UK and BMJ. Dan has a MSci in Physics from Royal Holloway University of London.