About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Chemical Biology 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: Terry L. Sheppard

Before assuming the editorship of Nature Chemical Biology, Terry was on the faculty in Northwestern University's Department of Chemistry, where he developed a research program in nucleic acid chemical biology. This followed his appointment as a NASA postdoctoral fellow with Gerald F. Joyce at The Scripps Research Institute focusing on in vitro evolution of catalytic nucleic acids. Terry completed his PhD in organic chemistry with Ronald Breslow at Columbia University in 1995, where he synthesized 2',5'-linked DNA and evaluated its promise for antisense therapeutic applications.

Terry is based in Boston, Massachusetts and handles manuscripts in areas including carbohydrates, glycobiology, virology, immunology and synthetic biology.



Senior Editor: Grant Miura

Before joining the editorial team at Nature Chemical Biology, Grant worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Deborah Yelon at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied zebrafish cardiac development. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute and then at University of California, San Francisco, where his research focused on the development and function of insulin-producing cells in Drosophila. He received his PhD with Jessica Treisman at New York University School of Medicine where he investigated lipid modification and endocytic processing of EGFR signaling pathway components in Drosophila. Grant completed his undergraduate degree in biology and microbiology at the University of Washington, where he studied with Richard Palmiter on neuronal control of feeding and alcohol consumption.

Grant is based in San Francisco, California and handles manuscripts in areas including cell biology, membrane-nuclear receptors and signaling pathways, microbial drug discovery and tool development, developmental biology, stem cells, cancer, physiology and metabolic disease, and plant biology.



Senior Editor: Yiyun Song

Before joining the editorial team at Nature Chemical Biology, Yiyun worked as a scientific director in an industrial R&D department focusing on functional evaluation of chemical compounds and methodology development.  She completed her PhD and undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China, where she investigated the function and mechanism of nuclear receptor-related transcriptional co-factors and microRNAs in glucose and lipid metabolism.

Yiyun is based in Shanghai, China and handles manuscripts in areas including epigenetics, neurobiology, proteostasis, lipids and membranes, genome engineering, and nucleic acids and their associated biological processes (transcription, DNA repair, splicing, and RNA-based regulation).


Associate Editor: Caitlin Deane

Before joining the editorial team at Nature Chemical Biology, Caitlin performed her PhD studies with Doug Mitchell at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she investigated the biosynthesis and engineering of ribosomal natural products. Prior to her PhD studies, Caitlin also worked for Sarepta Therapeutics. Caitlin completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology at Linfield College, where she worked with Brian Gilbert using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to study enzyme-inhibitor binding.

Caitlin is based in Boston, Massachusetts and handles manuscripts in areas including biosynthesis, natural products, metabolic engineering, general microbiology, chemical methodologies, enzymology, protein design, metals, ion channels, redox biology, and biomaterials.



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