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: Russell Johnson

Russell joined the Nature Chemical Biology editorial team as Chief Editor in February 2023. Russell completed his MChem degree at the University of Exeter in 2002 before moving to the University of Cambridge where he studied protein dynamics, misfolding and aggregation for his PhD. After his PhD, Russell worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a variety of roles including as an Assistant Editor on Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and then later as the Development Editor on the materials journals portfolio. Russell joined Nature Chemistry in 2012 where he handled the chemical biology manuscripts until 2023. Russell is based in London.


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, virology, immunology, metabolism, membrane-nuclear receptors and signaling pathways, 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, synthetic biology and nucleic acids and their associated biological processes (transcription, DNA repair, splicing, and RNA-based regulation).


Senior Editor: Gene Chong

Gene received his PhD in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University, where he used molecular dynamics simulations and multiscale modeling to study the design and interactions of nanoparticles with biomolecules. He did his postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, using computational methods to investigate glycobiology, antibody design, and immune receptor signaling. Gene joined the editorial team of Communications Biology in August 2021 and Nature Chemical Biology in September 2023. Gene is based in the New York office.


Associate Editor: Francesco Zamberlan

Francesco joined Nature Chemical Biology and Nature Catalysis as a cross journal Associate Editor in April 2023, after a year and half in the Bio- and Organic Chemistry Team at Nature Communications. After completing his PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Ferrara on non-natural amino acids synthesis, he carried on postdoctoral work at the University of Nottingham, studying enzyme-responsive MRI biosensors and near-infrared bioimaging nanoparticles. He then moved to the University of Glasgow to work on fluorescent sensor arrays for liver fibrosis detection. Francesco is based in London.


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