About the Editors

Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief

As Editor in Chief, Magdalena leads Nature’s magazine and research editorial teams. A geneticist by training, she 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 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, research integrity as well as open and equitable research practice. She is the editorial champion of diversity, equality and inclusion at Springer Nature. She serves on the advisory board of the University of Oxford Centre for Personalised Medicine and of the International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publications; she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the UK Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. She is a fellow of the International Science Council. Magdalena is based in the London office.

Francesca Cesari, Chief Biological, Clinical and Social Sciences Editor, London

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

Victoria Aranda, Team Manager (Biotechnology, Cancer, Clinical research, Genetics, Metabolism), New York

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

Darren Burgess, Senior Editor, London

Areas of responsibility include: biotechnology, genomics and clinical research.
Education: MBiochem, Biochemistry, University of Oxford; PhD, Cancer Genetics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences, New York; postdoctoral work, Institute of Cancer Research, London.

George Caputa, Senior Editor, Berlin

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

Barbara Marte, Senior Editor, London

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

Michelle Trenkmann, Senior Editor, Berlin

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

I-han Chou, Team Manager (Neuroscience, Public health, Social and behavioural sciences), San Francisco

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

Noah Gray, Senior Editor, New York

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

David Rowland, Associate Editor, New York

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

Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Senior Editor, New York

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).
Education: B.A. Cornell University; PhD, McGill University; postdoctoral work, Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile.

Angela K. Eggleston, Team Manager (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Ageing, Neurodegeneration), Boston

Areas of responsibility include: DNA structure and metabolism, RNA structure and metabolism, protein folding and design..  
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.

Bryden Le Bailly, Senior Editor, London

Areas of responsibility include: chemical biology, ion channel biology, GPCRs, origin of life biochemistry. 
Education: MSci, University of Bristol; PhD, University of Manchester; postdoctoral work, University of Manchester and University of Bristol.

Marie-Thèrése Heemels, Senior Editor, London

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

Jie Wang, Senior Editor, Shanghai

Areas of responsibility include: transcription, chromatin, epigenetics, signal transduction.
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.

Florian Ullrich, Associate Editor, Berlin

Areas of responsibility include: RNA metabolism, membrane transport, enzymology, photosynthesis, synthetic biology.
Education: Diploma 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.

Sadaf Shadan, Team Manager (Cell and developmental biology, Ecology and Evolution, Plant Sciences), London

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

Anna Armstrong, Senior Editor, London

Areas of responsibility include: ecology, conservation biology, food systems, sustainability.
Education: BSc and  PhD, University of York; postdoctoral work, Australian National University and University of York.

Henry Gee, Senior Editor, London

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

Véronique Gebala, Senior Editor, Berlin

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

Robert Stephenson, Locum Senior Editor, Tokyo

Areas of responsibility include: stem cells, developmental biology, mechanobiology.
Education: BSc and PhD, University of Toronto; postdoctorial work, Riken Center for Developmental Biology

Clare Thomas, Team Manager (Immunology, Infectious disease, Microbiology), London

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

Susan Allison, Consulting Editor, Sydney

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

Christina Tobin Kåhrström, Senior Editor, London

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

Zoltan Fehervari, Senior Editor, London

Areas of responsibility include: immunology and microbiology.
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.

Ursula Weiss, Senior Editor, London

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

Karl Ziemelis, Chief Applied & Physical Sciences Editor, London

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

Claire Hansell, Team Manager, Chemistry & Materials, London

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

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

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

Bryden Le Bailly, Senior Editor, Chemistry, London

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

Magdalena Helmer, Senior Editor, Chemistry, London

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

Kristina Kareh, Senior Editor, Material Sciences, London

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

Federico Levi, Team Manager, Physical and Astronomy, London

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

Tobias Rödel, Senior Editor, Physics, Berlin

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

Leslie Sage, Senior Editor, Astronomy, Washington DC

Areas of responsibility include: astronomy, planetary science and physics.
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.

Yann Sweeney, Senior Editor, Computing and Robotics, London

Areas of responsibility include: computing, robotics and computational sciences.
Education: BA theoretical physics, Trinity College Dublin; PhD computational neuroscience, University of Edinburgh; postdoctoral work, Imperial College London

Christiana Varnava, Senior Editor, Applied Physics and Electronics, Berlin

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

Miranda Vinay, Locum Editor, Applied Physics and Electronics

Areas of responsibility include: electronics, photonics, applied physics.
Education: BSc Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh; MSc Physical Chemistry, University of California Riverside; PhD Physical Chemistry, University of California Riverside.

John VanDecar, Team Manager, Earth Sciences, London

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

Juliane Mössinger, Senior Editor, Earth Sciences, London

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

Michael White, Senior Editor, Climate Sciences, San Francisco

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

Yang Xia, Senior Editor, Economics, Social Sciences, Shanghai

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

Nature Magazine

Richard Webb, Chief Magazine Editor, London

Richard joined Nature in July 2022 following 14 years at New Scientist, where he was a feature editor specializing in physical and environmental sciences, Chief Features Editor and latterly Executive Editor. Before that he was at Nature as a News & Views editor and worked as a particle physicist at CERN. 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. He has overall responsibility for all Nature’s news, feature, opinion and analysis content, including all multimedia output.

News and Features

Celeste Biever, Chief News & Features Editor, London

Celeste joined Nature in 2014 after working at New Scientist and 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. She leads Nature's news and features teams.

Nisha Gaind, Bureau Chief, Europe, London

Nisha has been with Nature since 2013, and moved into her current position as Europe Bureau Chief in July 2018. She has a MSci degree in astrophysics and physical chemistry from University College London. She leads Nature’s news coverage of Europe.

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

Ehsan joined Nature in 2019 from the science policy magazine Research Fortnight. He has degrees in physics and in science communication, and currently edits Nature’s editorials pages, and well as overseeing news from Africa and the Middle East.

Nicky Phillips, Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief, Sydney

Nicky oversees news coverage of the Asia-Pacific region. She joined Nature in 2017, having previously worked as a science journalist at Nature Index, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has degrees in science (physiology) and journalism.

Sara Phillips, Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief, Sydney

Sara oversees news coverage of the Asia-Pacific region. She joined Nature in 2016, as part of the Nature Partnerships and Custom Media team. She has degrees in science (zoology), arts, and science communication. She has previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 360info and Cosmos Magazine.

Lauren Wolf, Americas Bureau Chief, Washington DC

Lauren joined Nature in 2020 as Americas Bureau Chief, after 12 years at Chemical & Engineering News as a reporter and as head of the science team. 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. She leads Nature’s news coverage of the Americas.

Helen Pearson, Senior Editor, London

Helen has been writing and editing articles for Nature for over 20 years, including five years leading the team as Chief Magazine Editor. She won Editor of the Year at the Association of British Science Writers awards in 2022 and currently edits content across the magazine. She has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in genetics. She writes her own articles and books, as well as teaching science writing at University College London.

Emma Stoye, News Editor, London

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, Senior Editor, News & 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. During a stint as a daily newspaper reporter, she covered everything from NASA to terrorist attacks to pop stars. She now edits news stories and the Research Highlights section featuring research from all disciplines of science.

Richard Monastersky, Chief Features Editor, Washington DC

Richard joined Nature in 2008 after stints at The Chronicle of Higher Education and Science News magazine. He commissions and edits features mainly in Earth and planetary science, physical science, evolution and ecology.

Brendan Maher, Features Editor, New York

Brendan joined Nature in April 2009 after freelancing for the magazine for two years editing features and commentaries. He edits features across the life sciences, with a particular emphasis on diversity and social justice.

Kerri Smith, Features Editor, London

Kerri joined Nature in 2006 as an intern in the newly minted podcast department. She has a degree in human sciences and an MSc in neuroscience from the University of Oxford, as well as an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London. Her specialisms are biology, neuroscience, psychology and the social sciences.

Richard Van Noorden, Features Editor, London

Richard joined Nature in 2009 from Chemistry World. He has a master's degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, and his interests include chemistry and materials, as well as scientific publishing, open science, research integrity and digital journalism. He was the UK’s Medical Journalists’ Association Editor of the Year in 2021.

Ewen Callaway, Senior Reporter, London

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 masters degree in microbiology at the University of Washington. He covers the biological sciences, and in particular evolution, genetics, neuroscience, palaeontology, archaeology, molecular biology and COVID-19.

Davide Castelvecchi, Senior Reporter, Physical Sciences, London

Davide reports on physics, chemistry, cosmology, energy, mathematics and computer science — and especially all things black holes. He has been at Nature since 2012. Previously he was 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 writing for Times Higher Education, Research Fortnight and Research Europe, and working 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. She covers physics, astronomy, chemistry, policy and artificial intelligence.

Max Kozlov, Reporter, Washington DC

Max first joined Nature in 2021. Previously, Max wrote for Quanta Magazine, The Scientist, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Public's Radio. He studied cognitive neuroscience at Brown University. He covers biology and neuroscience and US science policy, particularly the NIH and FDA.

Heidi Ledford, Senior Reporter, London

Heidi writes about biology and the social sciences, 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. Particular interests include medicine, CRISPR, cancer, plants, GM organisms, translational and clinical research, patents and COVID-19 drugs.

Dyani Lewis, Senior Reporter, Melbourne

Dyani joined Nature in 2022, having contributed to the magazine as a freelance science journalist for several years. Dyani has a PhD in plant genetics from the University of Melbourne, and covers biology, the environment, science policy and research in the Asia Pacific.

Layal Liverpool, Locum Reporter, Berlin

Layal reports on the scientific community, including inequality in science, in addition to covering European policy and climate change. Before joining Nature in 2023, Layal trained as a journalist at New Scientist, covering mainly biomedical science. She has since been a freelance science journalist and is working on an upcoming book about the health harms of racism. Her journalism has appeared in WIRED, the Guardian and Nature. She has a PhD in virology and immunology from the University of Oxford.

Smriti Mallapaty, Senior Reporter, Sydney

Smriti joined Nature in 2020, and covers the Asia-Pacific region. She has a master of science degree in environmental technology from Imperial College London, and reports on subjects including biological and environmental sciences, space, publishing and community in Asia and COVID-19.

Miryam Naddaf, News Intern, London

Miryam studied Biomedical Science at King’s College London and specialised in Neuroscience & Pharmacology. Trained as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience. Worked as a freelance English-Arabic and Arabic-English translator for documentaries and for Reporters without Borders. Worked as a researcher, interview coordinator, and a presenter in a documentary programme broadcasted on AlAraby Television. 

Katharine Sanderson, Locum Senior Reporter, London

Katharine’s beat covers the physical sciences and stories from the research community. She has been a successful freelance journalist for several years and worked previously for Nature as a reporter and assistant news editor. Katharine started her science journalism career at Chemistry World. She has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge and BSc and MSc degrees in chemistry from Imperial College London.

Quirin Schiermeier, Reporter, 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. He graduated in geography, statistics and economics from the University of Munich.

Jeff Tollefson, Senior Reporter, Washington DC

Jeff covers environmental science and public policy, including climate change and the associated issues of energy, economics and global development. He joined Nature in 2007 after stints at Congressional Quarterly and a Knight science journalism fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Originally from Wyoming, he cut his teeth at daily newspapers in the West, including the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Myriam Vidal Valero, News Intern, Washington DC

Myriam began her career as a bilingual (Spanish-English) journalist in Mexico City. Her work has appeared in outlets like the New York Times, El País, Science and Slate. In 2022, she earned her MA in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she trained as a science and data journalist. She reports on scientific policy, the environment, climate change, racism and equity, health and the medical sciences. As a former tour guide of the Mexican science museum Universum, she loves learning all types of scientific fun facts, and she’s passionate about reporting on Earth sciences, space and paleontology as well.

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.

Comment, World View, Books & Arts, Correspondence, 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. Comment pieces in the 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: Comment pieces in the biological sciences.

News & Views

Andrew Mitchinson, Chief Editor, News & Views, London

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

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

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

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

Areas of responsibility include: physics and the Earth sciences.
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.


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.


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.

Jack Leeming, Senior Editor, Careers,  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.

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.

Audience and Engagement

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. 

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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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.