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.
Chief Physical Sciences Editor: David Gevaux
David moved to Nature Communications in 2014 after eight years on the editorial teams of Nature Photonics and Nature Physics. A physicist by training, he studied semiconductor quantum devices at Toshiba Research Europe in Cambridge and Imperial College London. David oversees the journal’s content in physics, chemistry, Earth and materials science; he is based in the London office.
Chief Life Sciences Editor: Niki Scaplehorn
Niki joined Nature Communications in 2012 having previously trained as a scientific editor at Cell. A cell biologist and neuroscientist by training, he completed his PhD at Cancer Research UK in London, where his research focused on the cell biology of viral infection. In 2005, his interest in the cytoskeleton led him to a postdoctoral position at the ESPCI in Paris, where he studied the role of structural plasticity in Drosophila memory. Niki oversees the journal’s content in the life sciences from the London office.
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.
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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.
Associate 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.
Associate 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.
Senior Editor: Nina Meinzer
Nina has a diploma in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where she also obtained her PhD, studying metamaterials coupled to semiconductor quantum wells. When she moved to a post-doctoral position in Exeter, she first continued her research on the interaction of plasmonic structures and optical emitters before extending her work to microwave metamaterials and antennas. Nina mainly handles manuscripts in nonlinear optics, lasers and optomechanics. She is based in the London office.
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.
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.
Associate Editor: Richard Brierley
Richard joined Nature Communications in August 2016. He received his PhD in condensed matter theory from the University of Cambridge, studying the theory of polariton condensates. After a year as a Junior Research Fellow in Cambridge, he moved to Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow working on superconducting qubits and phase transitions in strongly correlated systems. Richard handles manuscripts on fundamental condensed matter physics and solid state qubits. He is based in the London office.
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.
Associate Editor: Yu Gong
Yu Gong joined Nature Communications in November 2016. He received his PhD in condensed-matter physics from City University of New York. He then continued research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate. His research focused on ultrafast spin dynamics and surface plasmon dynamics. Yu handles manuscripts on magnetic materials and spintronics. He is based in New York office.
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.
Associate Editor: Kanudha Sharda
Kanudha started her editorial career at Nature Communications in November 2017. Kanudha graduated in physics from the University of Delhi, India and was an Erasmus Mundus PhD scholar at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She carried out her postdoctoral work at Imperial College London; her research focused on fabrication and characterization of devices based on layered transition metal dichalcogenide materials for electronic and energy storage applications. Kanudha handles manuscripts on synthesis and applications of two-dimensional materials. She is based in the London office.
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.
Senior Editor: Elizaveta Dubrovina
Elizaveta joined Nature Communications in July 2016. After completing a MASt in mathematics at the University of Cambridge, she obtained a PhD in applied mathematics at Imperial College London where she investigated the fluid dynamics of lab-on-chip devices. Elizaveta currently handles manuscripts from the areas of fluidics, liquid crystals, complex networks and mathematics. Elizaveta is based in the London office.
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 content covering complex oxides, multiferroics, and semiconductors as well as characterization of condensed matter materials. He is based in the Berlin office.
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.
Associate Editor: Bo Liu
Bo joined Nature Communications in March 2017. Following his undergraduate studies in Zhejiang University, China, he obtained his PhD in Physics at National University of Singapore. He then carried out his postdoctoral research at Graphene Research Center in Singapore and University of Washington. He currently handles manuscripts on solar cells and halide perovskite photophysics. Bo is based in the Shanghai office.
Associate 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.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE 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: Victoria Richards
Victoria joined Nature Communications in July 2016, having begun her editorial career at the Royal Society of Chemistry. She obtained her MSci and PhD degrees from the University of Nottingham, where she gained experience in the fields of metal-organic frameworks, surface self-assembly, molecular magnetism and main group chemistry. Victoria handles manuscripts spanning the areas of inorganic and materials chemistry. Victoria is based in the London office.
Associate 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.
Associate 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.
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.
Associate 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 material science, material chemistry. Laura is based in Berlin´s office.
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.
Associate 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 London office.
Associate Editor: Julia Eckhoff
Having a background in biochemistry and molecular biology, Julia joined Nature Communications in July 2017. Manuscripts in the field of biological chemistry and medicinal chemistry fall under her responsibility. Julia is based in the London office.
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.
Associate 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.
ENERGY AND PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 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.
Associate 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 energy storage and conversion. Jacilynn is based in the New York office.
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.
Associate 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.
Senior Editor: Yaoqing Zhang
Yaoqing joined Nature Communications in June 2016, after holding an assistant professorship in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of St Andrews, where he worked at the interface between solid state chemistry, electrochemistry and ceramics, followed by postdoctoral research in condensed matter physics in Japan. The area of his editorial responsibilities includes solid state ionics, electrochemical energy storage, and some aspects of inorganic chemistry. Yaoqing is based in the Shanghai Office.
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.
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.
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.
Associate 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.
Associate 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 London office.
Associate 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.
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.
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.
Associate 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.
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.
Associate Editor: Bernadett Gaál
Bernadett joined Nature Communications in October 2015. She studied Biology at the University of York and received her DPhil in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London. Her research explored the sources of cellular noise in stem cells, and the implications of dynamic cell-to-cell variability for the evolutionary dynamics of microorganisms. She handles manuscripts in the areas of systems, computational and mathematical biology and some aspects of complex systems. Bernadett is based in the London office.
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 New York office.
Associate Editor: Alfredo Sansone
Alfredo joined Nature Communications in July 2017. After graduating in Biology from University of Naples Federico II in Italy, he obtained his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Göttingen in Germany studying the olfactory system. He then moved to University College London as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow to study collective cell migration during embryonic development. Alfredo handles cell biology methods, imaging, and organ-on-a-chip manuscripts. Alfredo is based in the London office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Editor: Safia Danovi
Safia joined Nature Communications in February 2019. She completed her PhD at the Barts Cancer Institute where her research focused on apoptotic pathways downstream of TP53 and TP73 activation. After that, she was a locum Associate Editor at Nature Reviews Cancer before moving to Cancer Research UK where she worked in the science communication and discovery research teams. Safia is based in the London office and handles manuscripts on cancer genetics, genomics, tumour heterogeneity and cancer evolution.
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.
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.
Senior Editor: Maria Giuseppina Baratta
Maria Giuseppina joined Nature Communications in November 2015 and she handles manuscripts in the area of cancer metabolism and cancer immunology. She received her PhD in molecular oncology from the European School of Molecular Medicine in 2009 studying mechanisms of malignant transformation and during her post-doctoral work at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard Medical school she investigated the therapeutic potential of druggable genes in models of ovarian cancer. Maria Giuseppina is based in the London office.
Associate 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.
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.
Associate 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.
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.
Team Manager and Senior Editor: Andreia Cunha
Andreia joined Nature Communications in January 2018, after five and a half years at Genome Medicine, where she handled varied types of translational and clinical studies across a broad range of topics and clinical specialities. Previously, she studied the regulatory role of stress-responsive genes in autoimmune neuroinflammation at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and was awarded a PhD for this work by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Andreia is based in the London office.
Associate 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.
Associate Editor: Veronique Gebala
Véronique joined Nature Communications in August 2017. Following her undergraduate studies at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Paris-Sud (France), she moved to the UK where she earned a PhD in Biology from University College London. She carried out her doctoral work at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute and the Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (Berlin, Germany), studying mechanisms of blood vessel formation by sprouting angiogenesis. At Nature Communications, Véronique handles papers in the fields of vascular biology, renal physiology and disease, and blood biology. Véronique is based in the Berlin office.
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.
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.
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.
MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY TEAM
The microbiology and immunology interdisciplinary team handles manuscripts from all aspects of these two fields, including fundamental research, translational work on therapeutic and vaccine developments for infectious and autoimmune diseases, and clinical research 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.
Senior Editor: Nick Bernard
Nick joined Nature Communications in March 2015 having worked as Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Rheumatology since 2013. 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 handles immunology and rheumatology and is particularly interested in host-pathogen interactions, inflammation, innate immunity and immunometabolism. Nick is based in the London Office.
Senior Editor: Tanya Bondar
Tanya began her editorial career with Nature Communications in 2014, handling cancer and immunology submissions. She moved to Nature Medicine in 2016, where she was in charge of immunology and immunotherapy. She has rejoined Nature Communications in August 2018. Tanya earner her PHD in biochemistry studying DNA repair, proteolysis and cell cycle regulation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She obtained postdoctoral training in immunology, physiology and cancer biology at Yale University, where her projects focused on delineating principles of cell competition in mosaic mouse models. Tanya is based in the New York Office.
Associate Editor: Ching-yu Huang
Ching-yu joined Nature Communications in 2016. He received his PhD in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Previously as a principal investigator, he studied mouse genetics, T cell biology and immune signalling. He currently handles manuscripts in all aspects of immunology, including cancer immune therapy and system immunology. Ching-yu is based in the Shanghai office.
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.
Associate Editor: Gavin Mason
Gavin joined Nature Communications in June 2017 and handles topics spanning the fields of immunology and microbiology, specialising in research at the interface of these disciplines focused on host-pathogen interactions. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge where his doctoral research focused on immune response to infection and completed postdoctoral positions at King’s College London.
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.
Senior Editor: Sonja Schmid
Sonja handles manuscripts in virology and parasitology, including research on all aspects of pathogen-host interactions, development of vaccines and therapeutics, epidemiology, 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. Sonja is based in the New York office.
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: Sebastien Thuault
Sébastien joined Nature Communications in February 2019. Before that, he served as an editor at Nature Neuroscience for more than seven years. In 2018, he also worked as a Publishing Manager, contributing to Nature Research’s launch strategy. Sébastien holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, where he trained as an electrophysiologist, and performed post-doctoral research at Columbia University on the neurobiology of memory. Sébastien oversees the neuroscience content at the journal and handles manuscripts in all areas of neuroscience, ranging from molecular neurobiology to cognitive neuroscience. He is based in the New York office.
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.
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.
Associate Editor: Jamie Horder
Jamie joined Nature Communications in September 2017. Previously, he was a postdoc at King’s College London investigating brain GABA and glutamate in autism using MRI/PET. His PhD (Oxford 2010) studied the role of endocannabinoids in depression via fMRI and cognitive psychology methods. Jamie handles manuscripts relating to psychology and systems neuroscience with a focus on psychiatric and neurological disorders. He is based in the London office.
Associate 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.
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.
Associate Editor: Jerome Staal
Jerome joined Nature Communications in 2018, having previously worked at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. Jerome received his PhD from the University of Tasmania and conducted his postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and Children’s Research Institute in Washington DC, before returning to Australia. Jerome has a background in neuron/glial molecular pathways associated with development, with plasticity and in disease. Jerome manages submissions in cellular and molecular neuroscience and is based in the New York office.
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 moved to Nature Communications in May 2016, having previously worked at Genome Medicine for six 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 is based in the London office.
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.
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.
Associate Editor: Lin Tang
Lin joined Nature Communications in November 2016 and handles manuscripts in genetics, bioinformatics and molecular evolution. He obtained his PhD in Computational Biology at CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, CAS. Lin is based in the Shanghai Office.
Associate Editor: Michelle Trenkmann
Michelle has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Leipzig and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Zurich. In her postdoctoral work at University College Dublin, she focused on macrophage biology and GWAS follow-up in rheumatoid arthritis. Since joining the journal in February 2017, Michelle has been handling manuscripts on human genetics, in particular disease genetics. She is based in the London office.
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: Eithne Tynan
Eithne, a chemist captivated by oceanography, joined Nature Communications following editorial roles at Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience and handles our content on ocean, atmospheric, and physical climate science, and the impacts of climate change. She has a PhD in chemistry from Trinity College Dublin and carried out postdoctoral research on the polar ocean carbon cycle at the University of Southampton.
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.
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.
Associate Editor: Yang Xia
Yang joined Nature Communications in January 2018 as the first social science editor. She has a BS in economics, a MS in sustainability, both from the University of Leeds, and a doctorate in ecological economics from the University of East Anglia, where her research focuses on quantitative assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of health outcomes resulting from disasters such as heat-waves and air pollution. She handles manuscripts on socio-economics, climate-related health risks, climate policy and sustainability. She is based in the London office.
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