Editors

Editor in Chief: Elisa De Ranieri
Elisa first joined Nature Communications as an editor in 2012. She spent the following six years in editorial roles at Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Energy, and as the Head of Editorial Process and Data Analytics for the Nature-branded journals. Elisa rejoined Nature Communications in 2019 as Editor-in-Chief, responsible for the overall editorial strategy of the journal. With a background in electronics and physics, she obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Elisa is based in London. 

E-mail: e.deranieri#nature.com*

Chief Life Sciences Editor: Nathalie Le Bot
Nathalie joined Nature Communications in 2019 after 14 years on the editorial teams of Nature Cell Biology and Nature. She studied molecular and cell biology at the ENS-Ulm in Paris, and joined the EMBL graduate programme in Heidelberg in 1995. She also carried out post-doctoral work at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. Nathalie oversees the journal’s content in life and clinical sciences. Nathalie is based in London.

E-mail: n.lebot#nature.com*

Chief Physical Sciences Editor: Enda Bergin
Enda joined Nature Research in 2013 as an editor and later team manager at Nature Communications. In 2017 he successfully launched Nature Catalysis, and was Chief Editor for almost 3 years. In 2020 he returned to Nature Communications as Chief Physical Sciences Editor. Prior to joining Nature Research he had obtained a PhD in chemistry at University College Dublin, and carried out research at MIT, the University of Cambridge and UEA. He was an Assistant Professor in organic chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry across the inorganic titles.

E-mail: Enda.Bergin#nature.com*

Managing Editor: Fiona Gillespie
Fiona joined Nature Communications in February 2016 as Editorial Administration Manager before moving to the role of Managing Editor in February 2017. She previously worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry, handling manuscripts for the Physical Chemistry portfolio and overseeing external production workflows. Fiona obtained her PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she investigated the combustion characteristics of potential biofuels. Fiona is based in the London office.

E-mail: fiona.gillespie#nature.com*

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QUANTUM, ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, AND OPTICAL PHYSICS TEAM

Our team handles manuscripts across a wide variety of topics in physics; from fundamental concepts and proposals to experimental investigations with an applied and engineering emphasis. Our members have diverse and interdisciplinary research backgrounds and collectively we handle the areas of quantum, atomic, plasma, nuclear and high-energy physics, optics, and acoustics.

Team Manager and Associate Editor: Lina Persechini
Lina completed her PhD in Trinity College, Dublin. Her doctoral research involved the use of linear and non-linear optical techniques for the study of plasmonic and chiral nanostructures. For her post-doctoral studies she joined Dublin Institute of Technology to develop a holographic label against counterfeiting. She then moved to the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton where she investigated the deposition of materials in micro-structured optical fibres for the study of non-linear optical phenomena.  Lina handles manuscripts in various areas of photonics and metamaterials and she is based in the London office.

E-mail: lina.persechini#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Marco Bentivegna
Marco completed his MS in particle physics and his PhD in quantum information and quantum optics in Sapienza University of Rome. For his doctoral research, he worked on quantum computation and simulation using integrated photonic circuits. His post-doctoral appointment involved performing experiments on quantum nonlocality and contextuality. He handles manuscripts in quantum information, computation and communication, fundamental aspects of quantum theory, information theory and high energy physics. Marco is based in the London office.

E-mail: marco.bentivegna#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Bishwanath Gaire
Bishwanath has MS in plasma physics from Tribhuvan University and PhD in physics from Kansas State University. His doctoral research was on laser induced molecular fragmentation using coincidence momentum imaging technique. He continued research on photon-matter interaction using X-rays as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is based in New York office and handles manuscripts in nuclear, atomic, molecular, optical and plasma physics.

E-mail: bishwanath.gaire#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Heinrich Alexander M. Leymann

After his diploma from the University of Greifswald on photonic crystals, Alex received his PhD from the University of Magdeburg on the topic of quantum dot based microcavity lasers and theory of many/few-body correlations. For his post-doc Alex went first to the Max Planck institute for the physics of complex systems Dresden, and then to the BEC centre Trento. As a post-doc Alex continued his work on photon statistics of micro lasers and worked on the theoretical characterization of photon BECs, Coulomb enhanced optical nonlinearities in quantum wells, and basic questions in quantum optics. Alex is based in the Berlin office and handles manuscripts on topological photonics/acoustics, nonlinear optics and nanophotonic lasing.

heinrich.leymann#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Ahne Myklatun 
Ahne joined Nature Communications in January 2019. After receiving a MSc in biophysics and medical technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, she obtained her PhD from the Technical University Munich. The project and the follow up postdoctoral research was performed in an interdisciplinary collaboration at the Helmholtz Centre Munich, where she investigated the neurobehavioural responses of animal models to electromagnetic fields. Ahne handles manuscripts on imaging and biosensing. She is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: ahne.myklatun#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Heather Partner
After receiving her MASt in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, Heather completed her PhD in physics at the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Labs where she worked on a miniature trapped-ion atomic clock. Her postdoctoral research, at Germany’s national metrology institute and then the Humboldt University of Berlin, ranged from cold-ion dynamics and spectroscopy to levitated nanoparticles. Heather handles manuscripts in various areas of optical physics, including optical communications, terahertz and microwave optics. She is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: heather.partner#nature.com*

 

CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY TEAM

The condensed matter physics team handles manuscripts ranging from the most fundamental aspects of many-body physics, superconductivity, spintronics, and topological matter to two-dimensional materials, magnetic materials, and complex oxides. The team also has a dedicated editor handling astronomy content.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Silvia Milana
Silvia joined Nature Communications in December 2015. She graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria in Italy, followed by a PhD from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. She stayed on as a Research Associate at the Cambridge Graphene Centre and a Junior Research Fellow to do postdoctoral work on light-matter interaction in 2D materials and plasmonic nanostructures. She handles manuscripts on physics of two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures. Silvia is based in the London office.

E-mail: silvia.milana#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Wei Fan

Wei joined Nature Communications in September 2015. He obtained his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the Chinese Academy of Science, collaborating with the University of Bremen, City University of Hong Kong and Duke University. He then moved to RIKEN in Japan for postdoctoral research. His research background is in electronic and magnetic properties of semiconductors, multiferroic oxides and phase transitions of strongly correlated materials. Wei handles manuscripts on topological matter and superconductivity. He is based in the Shanghai office.

E-mail: wei.fan#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Konstantin Hirsch
Konstantin joined Nature Communications in January 2018. He obtained a PhD in experimental physics from the Technical University Berlin performing most of the experiments at the Helmholtz Center Berlin. He continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory studying magnetism on its intrinsic length and timescales. Konstantin currently handles handles content covering complex oxides, magnetic materials and spintronics. He is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: konstantin.hirsch#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Nilda Oklay-Vincent
Nilda joined Nature Communications in September 2018. She graduated from both the Astronomy and Space Sciences Department and the Physics Department of Istanbul University. She investigated spectropolarimetric properties of unresolved magnetic features of  the Solar photosphere in the International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science, and obtained a PhD from the Physics Department of University of Göttingen. She then moved to the planetary department of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research to join the Rosetta mission. After the mission, she continued working on the spacecraft data in the Asteroids and Comets department of German Aerospace Center Institute of Planetary Research. She handles astronomy manuscripts, and is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: nilda.oklay-vincent#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Anna Pertsova
Anna joined Nature Communications in June 2020. She obtained her MS degree from Moscow State University, followed by a PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics at Trinity College Dublin. During her postdoctoral appointments at Linnaeus University and Nordita, she worked on topics related to topological and Dirac materials, including impurity effects, quantum transport phenomena and non-equilibrium dynamics. Anna handles manuscripts in the areas of many-body solid-state physics, strongly correlated materials, phase transitions, and solid-state qubits. She is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: anna.pertsova#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Jiajun Zhu
Jiajun joined Nature Communications in September 2019. He received his PhD in microelectronics from East China Normal University including an exchange experience at the University of Cambridge. He continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, and the University of Manchester, investigating the optical and electronic properties of ferroelectrics, topological insulators, and ultrathin materials. He handles manuscripts on ferroelectrics, multiferroics, oxides, and semiconductor physics. He is based in the Shanghai office.

E-mail: jiajun.zhu#nature.com*

 

APPLIED PHYSICS TEAM

The applied physics and mathematics team handles manuscripts exploring fundamental principles in physics and mathematics disciplines to tackle real world problems and technological challenges, including but not limited to electronics, photovoltaics, semiconductors, multiferroics, glasses, colloids, liquid crystals, microfluidics, complex networks, neuromorphic engineering and artificial intelligence. Team members have diverse backgrounds in physics, materials science, mathematics and electrical engineering.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Congcong Huang
Congcong became a member of the Nature Communications team in June 2012. A graduate of Peking University in China, Congcong obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge, followed by her subsequent postdoctoral research at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She currently oversees the contents published by the applied physics and mathematics team. Congcong is based in the Shanghai office.

E-mail: c.huang#nature.com* 

Associate Editor: Selina La Barbera
Selina joined Nature Communications in October 2018. A graduate of Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy and Paris Diderot University in France, she obtained a PhD in Electronics Engineering, Micro and Nanotechnologies from the University of Lille1 in France. She continued postdoctoral research in the field of emerging memories for Neuromorphic applications at CEA-Leti in France. Selina currently handles manuscripts from the areas of semiconductor physics, flexible and optoelectronics and MEMS/NEMS/integrated circuits. She is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: selina.labarbera#springernature.com*

Associate Editor: Iryna Omelchenko
Iryna Omelchenko joined Nature Communications in April 2020. After receiving a Diploma in applied mathematics from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in Ukraine, she obtained her PhD in mathematics and physics from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Iryna continued her research at the Technical University of Denmark, Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Potsdam University in Germany, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, and at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her background covers the theory of dynamical systems, complex networks, collective phenomena, synchronization, spatio-temporal patterns in networks, and their control. Iryna handles manuscripts on networks and data science, she is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: iryna.omelchenko#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Mark Santer
Mark joined Nature Communications in November 2019, moving from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany, where he worked as a research group leader. He received his PhD at the University of Freiburg in Theoretical Physics and his background now covers microsystems engineering, microfluidics, materials science and computational physical chemistry. Mark handles manuscripts related to soft matter physics and is based in the Berlin office. 

E-mail: mark.santer#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Cephas Small
Cephas joined Nature Communications in October 2017. After obtaining a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, he continued postdoctoral research in the field of organic electronics at Imperial College London’s Centre for Plastic Electronics. Cephas currently handles content covering organic electronics, flexible electronics, and thermoelectrics. He is based in the London office.

E-mail: cephas.small#nature.com*

 

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND INORGANIC, NANOSCALE & PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY TEAM

The team handles content from across the areas of materials science, computational, inorganic and materials chemistry, chemical engineering, and chemical nanotechnology.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Ariane Vartanian
Ariane joined Nature Communications in April 2016. She received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied the surface chemistry and self-assembly behavior of anisotropic nanocrystals. As an editor, she handles manuscripts in nanoscale chemistry, nanomaterials, and supramolecular chemistry. Ariane is based in the New York office.

E-mail: ariane.vartanian#us.nature.com*

Senior Editor: Jacilynn Brant
Jacilynn joined Nature Communications in January 2018. She obtained her MS and PhD degrees in solid-state chemistry from the University of South Florida and Duquesne University, respectively. She previously held a National Research Council Fellowship and an Assistant Professorship, and has research experience in materials design and synthesis for nonlinear optics, Li-ion conductivity, superconductivity, magnetoelectronics, catalysis and gas storage. She handles manuscripts dealing with materials chemistry and functional inorganic materials. Jacilynn is based in the New York office.

E-mail: jacilynn.brant#us.nature.com*

Senior Editor: Margherita Citroni
Margherita joined Nature Communications in February 2018. She received her PhD from the University of Florence, Italy, (Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy and Quantum Optics), in collaboration with  University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI (Physics and Chemistry of Materials). She has worked at the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, University of Florence, as research fellow and assistant professor.  Her research was focused on chemical and physical transformations under extreme pressures. She handles papers in the fields of experimental physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, and high-pressure chemistry. Margherita is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: margherita.citroni#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Kristina Kareh
Kristina joined Nature Communications in March 2017. She completed her MEng and PhD at Imperial College London, where she investigated real-time deformation of semi-solid aluminium-copper alloys using synchrotron X-ray tomography. She continued on at Imperial College as a postdoctoral scientist imaging semi-solid steels before extending her work to solid oxide fuel cells. Kristina handles manuscripts spanning all areas of metallurgy and materials under pressure. Kristina is based in the London office.

E-mail: kristina.kareh#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Joan Serrano-Plana
Joan joined Nature Communications in May 2020. He pursued his PhD in chemistry at University of Girona, where he worked with bioinspired metal complexes for O2 activation and hydrocarbon oxidation. During that period, he was also a visiting student at University of Minnesota. He continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Basel, where he focused on developing artificial metalloenzymes. He handles manuscripts in the field of inorganic chemistry, including metal complexes, coordination compounds, and organometallics. Joan is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: joan.serranoplana#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Laura Zoppi
Laura joined Nature Communications in February 2018. She completed her PhD in Physics in 2003 at University of Cagliari working on Monte-Carlo algorithms to evaluate hydrogen storage capabilities in nanostructured carbon materials. After a first post-doctoral experience she was appointed as Senior Research Associate at University of Zurich, where she received the Habilitation in Computational Material Science in 2014 working on novel carbon materials and hybrid interfaces for energy application. She handles manuscripts on computational materials science and materials chemistry. Laura is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: laura.zoppi#nature.com*

 

BIO- AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY TEAM

The team handles content spanning organic, biological, and nanoscale chemistry, including homogeneous catalysis, functional organic materials, chemical soft matter, biomaterials and chemical biology.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Prabhjot Saini
Prabhjot became an Associate Editor at Nature Communications in January 2016. She became Team Manager of one of the Chemistry editorial teams in May 2017. She received her PhD from Imperial College London, which focused on the synthesis of catalysts for copolymerization reactions. Her expertise in green and sustainable polymers makes her fully equipped to handle the polymer and hydrogel papers at the journal. Prabhjot is based in the London office.

E-mail: prabhjot.saini#springernature.com*

Senior Editor: Giovanni Bottari
Giovanni joined Nature Communications in January 2016. He received his PhD at the University of Messina in Italy with a thesis on the development of transition metal complexes for asymmetric hydrogenation and C-X bond formation reactions. During his postdoctoral studies, first at IIQ in Seville and later at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, he worked on the activation of alkynes by rhodium complexes and developed Earth-abundant catalysts for sustainable chemical processes. Giovanni is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: giovanni.bottari#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Majda Bratovič
Majda studied molecular biology at the University of Zagreb and completed her PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin. During her PhD she investigated the biochemistry of bacterial CRISPR-Cas systems, and identified and characterized an enhanced specificity Cas9 protein. She handles manuscripts in the fields of chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, protein chemistry and prebiotic chemistry and is based in Berlin.

E-mail: majda.bratovic#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Robert Guilliatt
Robert started his editorial career joining Nature Communications in August 2017. He obtained his degree in Nanoscale Science and Technology and his PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine from the University of Leeds. He handles papers at the interface of the physical and life sciences related to biomaterials, nanoparticle/drug delivery and biochemical/chemical and materials based sensors. Robert is based in the London office.

E-mail: robert.guilliatt#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Johannes Kreutzer
Johannes joined Nature Communications in September 2017 as an Associate Editor. With a PhD in materials chemistry and a background in photopolymerization, he handles manuscripts on chemical soft matter and advanced organic functional materials. Johannes is based in the London office.

E-mail: johannes.kreutzer#nature.com*

 

ENERGY MATERIALS TEAM

The team handles content encompassing chemical energy storage and conversion, energy harvesting, catalysis for energy and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as physical and analytical chemistry.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Prateek Dongare
Prateek has a background in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, artificial photosynthesis, and mechanistic photochemistry. Prateek begun his editorial career at our sister journal Communications Chemistry and subsequently moved to Nature Communications. He received his PhD degree from Memorial University, Canada followed by post-doctoral positions at Uppsala University in Sweden and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prateek handles papers in a broad area of spectroscopic and mechanistic analysis of energy materials. Prateek is based in the London office.

E-mail: prateek.dongare#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Long Chen
Long Joined Nature Communications in June 2017. He earned a PhD in physical chemistry, and subsequently did his postdoc in several institutes in the US and Canada, with his research focused on surface science and heterogeneous catalysis. Long is based in the New York office, handling manuscripts in the areas of heterogeneous catalysis and analytic chemistry.

E-mail: long.chen#springernature.com*

Associate Editor: Benjamin Martindale
Ben joined Nature Communications in August 2019. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge before taking a postdoctoral position at Harvard University. He has a wide range of research experience including electrode design, electrocatalysis and (photo)electrochemical devices. Ben is based in the New York office where he handles submissions in the areas of electrocatalysis and energy storage.

E-mail: benjamin.martindale#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Mo Qiao
Mo joined Nature Communications in January 2020. She received her PhD from Queen Mary University of London before taking a postdoctoral position at Imperial College London. Her background is in chemical engineering and materials science. Her research experience includes electrocatalysis and analysis of materials for energy storage. Mo is based in the London office, handling manuscripts in the broad energy storage field.

E-mail: mo.qiao#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Adam Weingarten
Adam joined Nature Communications in July 2017. He received his PhD from Northwestern University for his work on supramolecular, chromophore-based materials for solar-to-fuel energy conversion. For his postdoctoral work at Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev, he investigated the water-splitting catalysis and photochemistry of inorganic polyoxoanions. Adam handles chemistry-related manuscripts that involve electrocatalytic and photocatalytic applications.  Adam is based in the New York office.

E-mail: adam.weingarten#us.nature.com*

 

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TEAM

The biochemistry and molecular biology team handles a broad range of manuscripts which aim to decipher the molecular mechanisms underpinning cellular physiology, from large scale epigenetics and proteomics down to the structure and biophysics of single proteins.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Stephane Larochelle
Stephane joined Nature Communications in April 2014 following two years at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. He received his PhD in molecular biology from McGill University followed by post-doctoral work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he studied the biology and biochemistry of cell cycle and transcription regulation.  In addition to overseeing content and editorial process for the team, he handles submissions in all areas of the team’s remit. Stéphane is based in the New York office.

E-mail: stephane.larochelle#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Minju Ha
Minju joined Nature Communications in July 2018. She completed her PhD in Seoul National University, where she investigated the mechanisms and function of RNA modifications in the microRNA and mRNA pathway. As a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University, she studied stress-induced chromosomal conformation changes. Minju handles papers on all aspects of RNA biology as well as various other molecular biology themed papers. She is based in the New York office. 

E-mail: minju.ha#us.nature.com*

Senior Editor: Karin Kühnel
Karin joined Nature Communications in September 2016, after being a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, studying the structure of autophagy-related proteins.  She holds a PhD in Structural Biology from the Cambridge University and carried out postdoctoral work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. She handles submissions on protein folding and all areas of structural biology. Karin is based in the London office.

E-mail: karin.kuehnel#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Philip Lössl
Philip joined Nature Communications in July 2017. He studied biochemistry at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, focusing on cross-linking mass spectrometry for his Master's thesis. He then earned his PhD at Utrecht University, applying mass spectrometry approaches to study protein structures, modifications and interactions.  Philip handles submissions in the areas of proteomics and biomolecular mass spectrometry, structural biology, as well as the biochemistry of signalling and the regulation of post-translation modifications. Philip is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: philip.loessl#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Katarzyna Marcinkiewicz
Katarzyna joined Nature Communications in April 2020, following three years on the editorial teams of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology and Nature Biotechnology. She obtained her Ph.D. from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City, studying epigenetic changes in cancer. During her postdoctoral training at New York University School of Medicine, her research focused on cellular senescence. Katarzyna handles submissions spanning structural biology, biophysics, protein folding, and molecular biology of chromatin. She is based in the New York office.

E-mail: katarzyna.marcinkiewicz#us.nature.com*

Senior Editor: Christine Mieck
Christine joined Nature Communications in September 2017. Christine obtained her PhD from IMP Vienna where she studied kinesin motors using in vitro reconstitution and structural biology approaches. Her post-doctoral work at IMP Vienna and IST Austria continued to explore the biochemical and biophysical bases of cellular polarity. Christine handles submissions on the biochemistry and structural biology of membrane proteins, computational structural biology, and general and single molecule biophysics. Christine is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: christine.mieck#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Anne Mirabella
Anne joined Nature Communications in January 2017. Her doctoral work at Imperial College, London, focused on the epigenetic and molecular regulation of DNA replication initiation in mammalian models. She continued her work on chromatin regulation as a postdoctoral scientist at the MRC Institute of Medical Sciences. Anne handles submissions on the molecular biology of DNA replication and repair, non-coding RNAs, as well as various aspects of RNA metabolism. Anne is based in the London office.

E-mail: anne.mirabella#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Carolina Perdigoto
Carolina joined Nature Communications in July 2016. After studying biology at University of Coimbra, she moved to the Institut Pasteur in Paris for her doctoral studies, focusing on genetic and epigenetic regulation of adult stem cells in Drosophila. She later investigated the role of epigenetic regulation in mammalian epidermal stem cells at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She handles submissions on the molecular biology of chromatin, epigenetics, transcription and epigenomics. Carolina is based in the London office.

E-mail: carolina.perdigoto#nature.com*

 

BIOTECHNOLOGY TEAM

The biotechnology team handles manuscripts covering all aspects of biotechnology and the applied biological sciences. From systems and computational biology, to synthetic biology, genetic engineering and methods we publish papers enabling new discovery.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Kyle Legate
Kyle joined Nature Communications in December 2013. After a degree in biochemistry at McMaster University in Canada he moved to Munich Germany where he studied mechanisms of cell adhesion using mouse biology, cell biology and biophysical approaches. He is the team manager of the Nature Communications biotechnology team and in addition to overseeing the journal’s biotechnology content, he handles manuscripts in bioengineering. Kyle is based in the London office.

E-mail: kyle.legate#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Chuanfu An
Chuanfu joined Nature Communications in January 2017. His previous research focused on plant defense against microbial pathogens, cold acclimation, metabolic engineering, cotton fiber development, and application of biotechnology in plant breeding, during his PhD at Mississippi State University and postdoctoral training at the Universities of Georgia, Florida and Michigan State. He handles manuscripts on plant genetics and biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, and general biotechnological development. Chuanfu is based in the New York office.

E-mail: chuanfu.an#us.nature.com*

Senior Editor: Ross Cloney
Ross joined Nature Communications in November 2014. Like many synthetic biologists, he came to the field from other areas of molecular biology – in his case from an academic background in DNA damage and repair at the University of Sussex. His manuscript remit includes synthetic biology and genome engineering, as well as therapeutic biotechnology. Ross is based in the London office.

E-mail: ross.cloney#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Cara Eldridge
Cara joined Nature Communications in March 2020. After conducting her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, she went on to complete a PhD at the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology and continued there as a postdoctoral researcher. The focus of her research has been on the effect of replication impediments on stem cell differentiation, and as part of this work she established human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells into the lab. She handles manuscripts in the areas of cellular biotechnology and methods, as well as imaging. Cara is based in the London office.

E-mail: cara.eldridge#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Richard Pattison
Richard joined the editorial team at Nature Communications in June 2014. He obtained his PhD in plant biology at the University of Glasgow and carried out postdoctoral research on tomato development at the Boyce Thompson Institute in New York. Richard handles manuscripts in the subject areas of plant molecular and cellular biology, plant development and reproduction and plant-environment interactions. He is based in the London office.

E-mail: richard.pattison#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Lorenzo Righetto
Lorenzo joined Nature Communications in January 2020. He received his PhD from EPFL for his work on mathematical modelling of cholera. He studied Environmental engineering at Politecnico di Milano, where he later collaborated with the Ecology group on other topics related to mathematical epidemiology and ecology. In the two years prior to his appointment, he carried out research on innovation dynamics, with special focus on mathematical tools for pharmaceutical R&D, at Human Technopole in Milan. He handles manuscripts in the area of digital medicine and computational health. Lorenzo is based in the London office.

E-mail: lorenzo.righetto#nature.com*

CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY TEAM

The cell and developmental biology team handles manuscripts on all aspects of cell biology, research into the biology of reproduction, stem cells, regeneration and developmental biology.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Natascha Bushati
Natascha joined Nature Communications in February 2013 after six months at EMBO Molecular Medicine. She moved to Nature Cell Biology in 2014 and returned to Nature Communications as a team manager in 2017. Natascha received her PhD from EMBL for her work on microRNAs in Drosophila development. Prior to her PhD, she studied cytokinesis in C. elegans at the IMP in Vienna. After six months as a postdoc at TLL in Singapore, Natascha joined the NIMR in London, studying neural tube progenitor specification. She currently handles papers in the area of reproduction. Natascha is based in the London office.

E-mail: natascha.bushati#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Daryl David
Daryl joined Nature Communications in February 2018.  He obtained his PhD at the University of Toronto in the Collaborative Program in Developmental Biology, working on dynamic cytoskeletal networks and their regulation by the cell polarity machinery during Drosophila embryogenesis.  For his postdoctoral research at the Pasteur Institute, Daryl investigated secreted virulence factors of Listeria monocytogenes and their host cell targets.  He currently handles manuscripts in cell biology including membranes and trafficking, cell division and cell cycle, cell motility and adhesion, mechanobiology, and nuclear cell biology.  Daryl is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: daryl.david#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Ann Le Good
Ann moved to Nature Communications in March 2015, having previously worked at BMC Biology/the BMC series journals for 8 years. Ann obtained a PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund on how atypical PKCs (aPKC) are regulated, and then examined how aPKCs cause tumorigenesis in postdoctoral work at the University of Alberta. She subsequently studied the role of Nodal in early mouse development at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research. Ann is based in London covering, as main topics: development, regeneration, bioengineering and embryonic stem cells.

E-mail:  ann.legood#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Aline Lückgen
Aline joined Nature Communications in the summer of 2020. After obtaining her Master’s degree in bioengineering at the EPFL in Switzerland, she completed her PhD at the Technical University in Berlin. In her doctoral work, she investigated the degradation behavior of alginate-based hydrogels. Aline currently handles manuscripts in the areas of bioengineering and biomaterials. Aline is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: aline.lueckgen#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Angela Parrish
Angela joined Nature Communications in July 2018. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego for her work at the Salk Institute engineering site-specific unnatural amino acid incorporation in vivo in C. elegans. She performed postdoctoral research at Sloan Kettering Institute examining the role of Axin proteins in Wnt signaling during early mouse embryogenesis and in intestinal cancer. She currently handles cell biology manuscripts including cellular metabolism, autophagy, and organelle biology. Angela is based in the New York office.

E-mail: angela.parrish#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Robert Stephenson
Robert joined Nature Communications in spring 2017. He obtained his PhD at the University of Toronto, where he studied the role of morphogenesis in the development of the first three cell lineages in preimplantation mouse embryos. For his postdoctoral work he moved to the Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan to study the transcription factor interaction network stabilizing pluripotency in mouse embryonic stem cells. Robert is based in our Shanghai office.

E-mail: robert.stephenson#nature.com*

CANCER TEAM

The cancer team covers the broad spectrum of cancer research: from molecular and biological advances to therapeutic implications, from the genetic basis of cancer predisposition to the investigation of the mechanisms behind specific driver mutations.​

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Katie Ridd
Katie has a PhD in in vitro toxicology; she completed doctoral studies at the MRC Toxicology Unit and UCSF Cancer Centre, where she focused on skin cancer genomics. Katie joined Nature Protocols as a locum editor in 2008 and moved to Nature Communications in 2009, where she was the launch biological sciences editor.  Katie handles a variety of papers within the field of cancer research. Katie is based in the London office.

E-mail: k.ridd#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Ilse Ariadna Valtierra Gutierrez
Ilse joined Nature Communications in June 2020. She did her PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where she studied clonal heterogeneity and evolution in acute myeloid leukaemia using genomic and single-cell transcriptomic data. Before that, she obtained her MSc in Molecular Biosciences from Heidelberg University, and her BSc in Genomic Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Ilse currently handles manuscripts in cancer genetics, genomics, and transcriptomics. She is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: ilseariadna.valtierragutierrez#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Luca Danelli
Luca did his PhD at the University of Udine (Italy), where he studied the interaction between mast cells and myeloid derived suppressor cells within the tumour microenvironment. After a first post-doctoral experience at the Inserm UMRS-1149- Paris Diderot University working on mast cells and renal diseases, Luca joined the Francis Crick Institute, where he worked on the characterization of CD4+ T differentiation and expression of immune checkpoint receptors in mouse models of viral infections and cancer. Luca handles papers in cancer immunology and immunotherapy and is based in our London office.

E-mail: luca.danelli#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Maria Garcia Fernandez
Maria joined Nature Communications as a locum editor in January 2019. She received her PhD in biology from the University of Seville, where she studied the physiology of acute hypoxia and hypoglycemia sensing. Maria has since held postdoctoral positions at the The Rockefeller University in New York, joined the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO, Madrid) and most recently at The University of Cambridge, where she studied how the bone marrow microenvironment regulates cancer-stem cells during the development of leukemia. Maria handles a variety of manuscripts including cancer-stem cells and cancer therapeutics. She is based in the London office.

E-mail: maria.garciafernandez#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Ian Green
Ian joined Nature Communications in November 2016. He obtained an MSci from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in clinical epigenetics from Imperial College London, focusing on the impact of novel inhibitors of epigenetic processes in breast and ovarian cancer stem cells. He then carried out postdoctoral research at Queen Mary University of London, where he studied the epigenetics of cancer stem cells in glioblastoma. Ian is based in the London office and primarily works on cancer epigenetics and genomics.

E-mail: ian.green.1#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Stephanie Koo
Stephanie joined Nature Communications in September 2017. She received her PhD in cancer biology from National University of Singapore. In 2011,  she joined Imperial College London for her postdoctoral work to study protein kinases and forkhead box transcription factors in breast cancer development and cancer drug resistance and following that she investigated inhibitors of Thousand-and-one amino kinases (TAOKs) as potential drug targets for breast cancer treatment at King's College London. She is handling manuscripts in areas of cancer cell biology and cancer molecular biology. She is based in the London Office.

E-mail: stephanie.koo.1#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Ylenia Lombardo
Ylenia joined Nature Communications in June 2015. During her PhD in molecular oncopathology at the University of Palermo and her postdoctoral research at Imperial College in London, she investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the survival and mechanism of resistance of cancer stem cells. Ylenia is based in the London office where she mainly handles cancer stem cells as well as translational and clinical studies in cancer.

E-mail: ylenia.lombardo#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Aishwarya Sundaram
Aishwarya Sundaram started as an Editor at Nature Communications in September 2017. Before joining Nature Communications she worked for several years in the pharmaceutical industry on drug discovery projects spanning multiple therapeutic areas, and obtained her PhD in cancer and obesity research from Heidelberg University, Germany. Currently, she handles cancer metastasis and therapy-related submissions at Nature Communications, and works in the Berlin office.

E-mail: aishwarya.sundaram#nature.com*

 

BIOMEDICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH TEAM

The editors of the Biomedical and Translational Research team handle manuscripts ranging from the basic biology of physiology and disease to translational, therapeutic and clinical studies, primarily in the fields of metabolism, cardiovascular research, organ and tissue biology and ageing.

Locum Team Manager and Senior Editor: Francesco Conti
Francesco joined Nature Communications in May 2016. He obtained his PhD in developmental biology from King's College London where he studied cell adhesion and wound healing. He did his postdoctoral work at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, where he worked on cell fusion and skeletal muscle development. He then joined University College London, and worked on genome editing for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and on neuromuscular development. He primarily handles papers in the fields of gene therapy, neuromuscular and bone biology, and therapeutic and clinical studies. Francesco is based in the London office.

E-mail: francesco.conti#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Riikka Jokinen
Riikka joined Nature Communications in December 2018, and handles manuscripts in the fields of metabolism, endocrinology and gastroenterology, focusing on clinical and translational studies. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Helsinki, where she studied tissue-specific regulation of mitochondrial DNA. She then joined the Obesity Research Unit at the University of Helsinki and worked on disease mechanisms and treatment targets for obesity and related metabolic diseases. Riikka is based in the London office.

E-mail: riikka.jokinen#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Anna Kriebs
Anna joined Nature Communications in January 2018. She studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen before moving to The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California for her doctoral work. During her PhD Anna focused on the time-of-day dependent regulation of nuclear receptors by the circadian clock and its effects on physiology and metabolism. Anna is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: anna.kriebs#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Michele Marass
Michele joined Nature Communications in January 2020. He obtained an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Parma, Italy, before continuing his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, in Bad Nauheim, Germany. For his doctoral research, he worked on angiogenesis, vasculogenesis, hematopoietic stem cells and endothelial cell differentiation. After obtaining his PhD, Michele has worked as Deputy Managing Editor at Spandidos Publications. At Nature Communications, he handles papers in the fields of vascular biology, renal physiology and disease, and blood biology. Michele is based in the London office.

E-mail: michele.marass#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Maria-Teresa Piccoli
Maria-Teresa joined Nature Communications in August 2017. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from the University of L’Aquila, she completed her doctoral studies at the Hannover Medical School, where she investigated the role of long noncoding RNAs in cardiac diseases. Maria-Teresa is based in the Berlin office and primarily handles manuscripts in the fields of cardiac and lung research, as well as manuscripts dealing with medical imaging.

E-mail: maria-teresa.piccoli#nature.com*

 

MICROBIOLOGY TEAM

The microbiology team handles manuscripts on all aspects of virology, bacteriology, mycology and parasitology, including fundamental research, environmental microbiology, translational work on therapeutic and vaccine development, and clinical studies.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Ripudaman Bains
Ripudaman joined Nature Communications in February 2017 after working at Genome Biology for three years and at Genome Medicine for five months. Ripudaman manages the team of microbiology and immunology editors, and oversees all of the content that Nature Communications publishes in these fields. Ripudaman holds a PhD from University College London in human genetic diversity in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this she completed an MSc in Medical Parasitology and a Diploma in Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ripudaman is based in the London office.

E-mail: ripudaman.bains@nature.com*

Associate Editor: Madlen Luckner
Madlen joined Nature Communications in 2020. She graduated in molecular life-sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, followed by a PhD in molecular biophysics focusing on entry pathways of RNA viruses and host-directed anti-viral therapy. As postdoctoral fellow at Potsdam University she focused her research on the genome assembly of segmented RNA viruses applying quantitative microscopy approaches. Madlen is based in the Berlin office and handles manuscripts in virology and parasitology.

Email: madlen.luckner#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Javier Martinez-Vesga
Javier joined Nature Communications in January 2018. He received his PhD in Virology from the University of Saarland in Germany where he studied HIV-1 drug-resistant variants. After that he moved to the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig where he did research on host-acting broad-spectrum antiviral drugs. He then joined the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as Assistant Professor where he taught microbiology and focused his research on HIV latency and flaviviruses such as HCV, Dengue and West Nile Virus. Javier is based in the Berlin office and primarily handles papers in the fields of virology, antimicrobial agents, bacteriology and more recently microbiomes.

E-mail: javier.martinez-vesga#nature.com*

Senior Editor: César Sánchez
César began his editorial career in 2008, after ten years dedicated to research on bacterial biochemistry and genetics of antibiotic-producing Streptomycetes. He worked as an associate editor at Trends in Microbiology, Nature Reviews Microbiology and the News & Views section of Nature, before joining Nature Communications in October 2013. Having handled manuscripts on diverse microbiological topics, he is currently focused on bacterial, archaeal and fungal biology, including microbial cell biology, microbiomes, pathogenesis, antimicrobial therapies, and environmental microbiology. César is based in the London office.

E-mail: cesar.sanchez1#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Sonja Schmid
Sonja joined Nature Communications in May 2016. She handles manuscripts in virology and parasitology, including research on pathogen-host interactions, development of vaccines and therapeutics, and clinical studies. Before joining Nature Communications, Sonja studied anti-viral defense systems, focusing on innate immune signaling and the small RNA machinery, as postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She obtained her PhD in virology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Sonja is based in the New York office.

E-mail: sonja.schmid#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Catherine Smith
Catherine joined Nature Communications in March 2020. After completing an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Catherine worked as an epidemiologist at Public Health England. She then moved to the UCL Institute of Health Informatics where she completed her PhD followed by postdoctoral work. Her research involved the use of electronic health records and novel technologies to improve control of infectious diseases, focusing mainly on the areas of tuberculosis and antibiotic stewardship. Catherine handles manuscripts in infectious disease epidemiology and public health, and she is based at the London office.

E-mail: Catherine.Smith#nature.com*

IMMUNOLOGY TEAM

The immunology team handles manuscripts from all aspects of immunology. In addition to core immunological topics such as adaptive and innate immunity, immunogenetics, immune cell biology, immune metabolism, and inflammation, we also bridge between fundamental and clinical/translational immunology.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Ching-yu Huang
Ching-yu joined Nature Communications in September 2016. Ching-yu handles general immunology, immune cell biology and systems immunology, with a special focus on immune repertoire generation and VDJ recombination. Ching-yu received his BS degree in Zoology from National Taiwan University, and his PhD and postdoctoral training in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Previously as a principal investigator, he studied immunogenetics, T cell biology and immune signalling. Ching-yu is based in the Shanghai office.
E-mail: chingyu.huang#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Nick Bernard
Nick joined Nature Communications in March 2015 after two years at Nature Reviews Rheumatology, where he served as Associate Editor and, more recently, locum Chief Editor. Nick handles general immunology, rheumatology and autoimmune diseases, with a special focus on immunometabolism . He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Nick is based in the London Office.

E-mail: nick.bernard#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Gavin Mason
Gavin joined Nature Communications in June 2017, and handles general immunology, immune responses to pathogens, mucosal immunity, with a special interest on immune evasion/regulation mechanisms. Gavin received his PhD from the University of Cambridge where his doctoral research focused on immune response to infection, and completed his postdoctoral positions at King’s College London studying mouse models of  type 1 diabetes and Treg biology.

E-mail: gavin.mason#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Timothy Powell
Timothy joined Nature Communications in May 2020, and handles general immunology, immune cell biology and systems immunology, and he also covers anti-viral immunity. Timothy received his DPhil from the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, studying dendritic cells and T cells, and later pursued postdoctoral training at Trudeau Institute USA, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine as well as at the Respiratory Medicine Unit, Oxford to expand his research into immune responses to influenza and respiratory disease. Timothy is based in the London Office.

E-mail: timothy.powell#nature.com*

 

NEUROSCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY TEAM

The team oversees content selections for submissions in all areas of neuroscience – from molecular to systems and cognitive neuroscience - and psychology.  The team’s remit includes basic science research on the brain and behaviour of humans or animals, as well as clinical/translational studies on neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our neuroscience editors are also interested in studies that examine the interaction of the brain/nervous system with other systems of the body.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Fiona Carr
Fiona joined Nature Communications in March 2016. She was a locum Assistant Editor for Nature Medicine in 2014 and a locum Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Neuroscience in 2015. She obtained her PhD in neuroscience from University College London to study the role of descending facilitation in rodent models of chronic pain.  At Mount Sinai School of Medicine, her postdoctoral work investigated molecular mechanisms of chronic pain and addiction. Fiona manages submissions on neurodegeneration and neurological diseases, and is based in the London office.

E-mail: fiona.carr#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Brittany Cardwell
Brittany joined Nature Communications in June, 2018. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, where she studied memory distortions and false beliefs. During her postdoc at the University of Otago, Brittany primarily investigated how existential beliefs and perceptions of truth affect people’s judgments and emotions. Brittany handles psychology manuscripts and is located in the New York office.

E-mail: brittany.cardwell#springernature.com*

Associate Editor: Myrthel Dogge
Myrthel Dogge joined Nature Communications in February 2020. She obtained her PhD in experimental psychology from Utrecht University, studying how expectations modulate the perceptual processing of actions and their outcomes. She then moved to the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour where her research focused on visual awareness, as well as the role of consciousness in higher-cognitive functions. Myrthel manages submissions on psychology and cognitive neuroscience, and is based in the London office.

E-mail: myrthel.dogge#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Elisa Floriddia
Elisa joined Nature Communications in October, 2019. She received her PhD in cellular and molecular neuroscience from the University of Tuebingen, where she studied the mechanisms of neuroregeneration and repair. As a postdoctoral researcher at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE) and at the Karolinska Institute, Elisa worked on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neurodevelopment, and the molecular and functional heterogeneity of glial cell populations. Elisa handles manuscripts in stem cell and glial biology, neurodevelopment, and neuroregeneration and repair. She is based in the London office.

E-mail: elisa.floriddia#nature.com*

Senior Editor: Sachin Ranade
Sachin joined Nature Communications in August 2015. He received his PhD from Stony Brook University for his work on serotonin neurons during an olfactory perceptual decision task. His post-doctoral research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory focused on using optogenetic tagging techniques to investigate the behavioural correlates of genetically determined neuronal populations. Sachin’s editorial remit include systems neuroscience and computational neuroscience.  Sachin is based in the New York Office.

E-mail: sachin.ranade#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Christian Schnell
Christian joined Nature Communications in February 2019. He was a locum Associate Editor for Nature Methods, Nature Neuroscience, and Nature Biomedical Engineering before joining Nature Communications. After graduating in Biology from University of Osnabrück in Germany, he obtained his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Göttingen in Germany studying the role of astrocytes for maintenance of respiratory rhythmic activity in the brain stem and neuron-glia interactions. He then moved to Cardiff University to work on modelling neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases with stem cell-derived neurons, and their potential as cell replacement therapies in Huntington’s disease. Christian manages submissions in neurophysiology, neurotechnology and systems neuroscience. Christian is based in the London office.

E-mail: christian.schnell#nature.com*

GENETICS, ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND ZOOLOGY TEAM

The genetics, ecology, evolution and zoology team handles manuscripts exploring the molecular basis of phenotypes, how traits arise and shape populations, and how organisms interact with each other and their environment. The team look after topics ranging from human genetics and genomics to theoretical and applied aspects of ecology and evolution.​​

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Rebecca Furlong
Rebecca joined Nature Communications in May 2016, having previously worked at Genome Medicine for seven years. Rebecca received her PhD from the University of Reading, studying vertebrate genome evolution. Following a short postdoctoral appointment at University College London investigating MHC adaptive evolution, she was awarded a junior research fellowship at the University of Oxford, where she studied gene family evolution. Rebecca oversees the journal content in genetics, ecology, evolution and zoology and handles manuscripts across these topics, although her main interest is in genomics, particularly reference genomes. Rebecca is based in the London office.

E-mail: rebecca.furlong#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Walter Andriuzzi 
Walter joined Nature Communications in May 2019. He has a Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Sustainability from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK). He obtained a PhD from University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Wageningen University (the Netherlands), studying the role of earthworms in ecosystem functioning. For 3 years he was a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University, with two field seasons in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. His research focused on the response of soil communities to climate change, and on herbivore-soil fauna and climate-plant-soil fauna interactions. He handles manuscripts on ecology, particularly with a global change/conservation/sustainability focus. He is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: walter.andriuzzi#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Margot Brandt
Margot joined Nature Communications in May 2020, where she handles manuscripts on genetics and genomics. She completed her PhD at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center, where she conducted research in functional genomics. Margot is based in the New York office.

E-mail: margot.brandt@us.nature.com*

Senior Editor: Emily Jones

Emily handles manuscripts in evolution and paleontology. She joined Nature Communications in December 2015 after completing her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and postdoctoral research at Washington State University and Rice University. Emily is based in the New York office.

E-mail: emily.jones#us.nature.com*

 

Associate Editor: Ingrid Knarston
Ingrid joined Nature Communications in April 2020, where she handles manuscripts on genetics and genomics. She obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, where she conducted research on human rare disease genetics and iPSC disease modelling. Ingrid is based in the London office.

E-mail: ingrid.knarston#nature.com*

 

Senior Editor: Alexa McKay
Alexa obtained her PhD from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, where she conducted research in the fields of animal behavior, animal physiology, and disease ecology. As an editor at Nature Communications, Alexa handles papers in many diverse areas of ecology (microbial, population, community, ecosystem, and theoretical) and zoology. She has been with the journal since May 2016 and is based in the New York office.

E-mail: alexa.mckay#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Wenfei Tong

Wenfei handles evolution manuscripts. She has worked on cooperation and conflict within and between species. Her PhD is from Harvard, and she did postdocs at the original Cambridge, and the University of Montana in Missoula. She also writes popular science, including a book on bird family life. Wenfei joined the Nature Communications team in October 2019, and is based in the New York office.

E-mail: wenfei.tong#us.nature.com*

EARTH TEAM

The Earth team covers all aspects of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, past, present and future, from the fundamental physical, chemical and biological principles of the Earth system to broader solid Earth processes and surface, ocean and atmospheric dynamics. The team also considers the interactions between humans and these systems, including climate and environmental impacts, and the implications for the economy, policy and society.

Team Manager and Senior Editor: Melissa Plail
Melissa started her editorial career at Nature Communications in 2016 and then moved to Nature Geoscience before rejoining Nature Communications in August 2019. Her research used petrology and geochemistry to unravel the driving forces behind explosive volcanic eruptions. She has a PhD in volcanology from the University of East Anglia followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Witwatersand. Melissa oversees the Earth Science content at the journal and handles manuscripts across all areas of Earth Science. Melissa is based in the London office. 

E-mail: melissa.plail#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Jasper Franke
Jasper joined Nature Communications in April 2019. A physicist by training, he obtained his MSc from Heidelberg University, before continuing to work on his PhD at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt University of Berlin. In his thesis he adapted data analysis methods rooted in complex network theory to be combined with paleoclimate data. At Nature Communications, he handles manuscripts related to climate, both recent and past, as well as hydroclimate and atmosphere dynamics. He is based in the Berlin office. 

E-mail: jasper.franke#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Kyle Frischkorn
Kyle joined Nature Communications in April 2019. He obtained his PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University studying marine microbes and their role in geochemical cycles. He also conducted postdoctoral research on this topic at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Kyle handles manuscripts on biogeoscience, including research focused on aquatic and terrestrial systems, carbon and other element cycles, and pollution. He is based in the New York office.

E-mail: kyle.frischkorn#us.nature.com*

Associate Editor: Sebastian Müller
Sebastian joined Nature Communications in November 2018. He graduated with a Master’s degree from Lancaster University (UK) in Volcanology and Geological Hazards and obtained a PhD in physical Volcanology from LMU Munich, Germany. Sebastian continued as a NSF research fellow at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (USA), working on the characteristics of Hawaiian style lava fountaining at Kīlauea Volcano. He has collected further work experience both at the Colima Volcanology Research Center (Mexico) and the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (West Indies). Sebastian handles manuscripts on solid Earth sciences and terrestrial bodies of our Solar System. He is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: sebastian.mueller.1#nature.com*

Associate Editor: Erin Scott
Erin is a geologist and igneous geochemist fascinated by plate tectonics and all things ‘rocky’. For her PhD, Erin studied the uplift and tectonics of the Andean mountain belt at Durham University, UK, particularly by tracking changes in the geochemistry of Andean magmatism over time. Erin joined the Earth Team at Nature Communications in January 2019, and handles manuscripts covering the topics of tectonics, geodynamics, geochemistry and petrology.

E-mail: erin.scott.1#nature.com*

 

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