About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Medicine has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

Chief Editor: Joao Monteiro

Joao received his medical training at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he also earned a PhD degree, studying mechanisms of Treg function and loss of tolerance to self-antigens in autoimmune diseases. Afterwards he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Pew charitable trusts and joined the lab of Ron Germain, at the National Institutes of Health, USA, to persue studies on T cell antigen recognition and in vivo dynamics of the immune responses. He has been serving the scientific community as a professional editor since 2013, when he joined Cell as the primary editor for immunology and translational medicine. Joao joined Nature Medicine as Chief Editor in December 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @immuno_stuff.


Chief News Editor: Roxanne Khamsi

Before joining Nature Medicine, Roxanne Khamsi worked as an online reporter for New Scientist, writing daily stories about biomedical research. Her articles have also appeared in publications such as The Economist, Wired News and the MIT Technology Review. Roxanne earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.


Senior Editor, Reviews and News & Views: Hannah Stower

Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. She then obtained her PhD in the laboratory of Bryan Turner at the University of Birmingham, UK, investigating the memory of histone modifications in cell division. Before joining Nature Medicine in 2013 she gained experience in genomics as a Senior Assistant Editor at Genome Biology before joining the Nature Reviews Genetics team as an Associate Editor.


Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts: Michael Basson

As a graduate student in Jasper Rine's laboratory at University of California at Berkeley, Michael Basson studied the sterol biosynthetic pathway and its rate-limiting enzyme HMG-CoA reductase in baker's yeast. His postdoctoral work was on developmental genetics with Robert Horvitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then worked in the biotech industry, first on the use of model organisms for drug discovery and then on angiogenesis from the perspective of treating cancer. He joined Nature Medicine in 2003.


Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts: Brett Benedetti

Brett received his undergraduate degree in biology from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) in 2004. He then began his dissertation research in the laboratory of Alison Barth in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University. There his research focused on the experience-dependent development and plasticity of neuronal circuits in mammalian neocortex. Brett then pursued further investigation into the developmental genetic mechanisms underlying the integration and function of cortical GABAergic interneurons during his postdoctoral appointment with Gordon Fishell at the NYU Neuroscience Institute. He joined Nature Medicine in 2014. You can follow him on Twitter @NeuroBioMed



Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts: Javier Carmona

Javier started his studies at the University of Navarra and received a degree in Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. after working in Manel Esteller's Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program in Barcelona. Javier continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of José Baselga at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he studied the mechanisms of resistance to therapy in patients with breast cancer. In 2016 he joined Nature Medicine.


Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts: Alison Farrell

Alison Farrell pursued her undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied cell cycle regulation in the laboratory of David O. Morgan. Alison subsequently joined LeukoSite in Cambridge, MA as a postdoctoral fellow. She did a second post-doctoral stint at Harvard Medical School before joining Nature Medicine in 2001. Alison is located in the San Francisco office.


Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts: Kate Gao

Kate obtained her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Nankai University in China. Prior to her doctoral work, Kate studied the genetic and molecular bases of neurodegenerative diseases at Baylor College of Medicine. Her PhD work in the laboratory of Songhai Shi at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center focused on the production and organization of excitatory neurons in the developing mammalian cortex. Kate began her editorial career at Nature Communications in 2015 and joined Nature Medicine in 2016.



Associate Editor, Research Manuscripts: Saheli Sadanand


Saheli received her undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale College. She then joined the Yale Department of Immunobiology, where she studied flu-specific memory B cells. After obtaining her Ph.D., she investigated the programming and maintenance of isotype-specific B cells in HIV-infected patients as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Galit Alter at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. Saheli began her editorial career as Locum Associate Editor at Nature Biotechnology in 2018 and joined Nature Medicine in 2019. Saheli handles papers related to immunology, rheumatologic diseases and immunotherapies, including cancer immunotherapies. She can be followed on Twitter @SaheliSadanand


Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts: Jennifer Sargent

Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to her doctoral work, Jennifer studied signal transduction systems in P. aeruginosa with Joanne Engel at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. She received her PhD from Dartmouth College for her studies on transcriptomics and genetics of scleroderma in Michael Whitfield’s lab. Jennifer did her postdoctoral work with Juan Rivera at the National Institutes of Health, USA, investigating sphingolipid signalling in allergy and autoimmunity. Jennifer has been serving the clinical and scientific communities as a professional editor since 2014. She was an editor at Nature Reviews Endocrinology before moving to The Lancet in 2015. In 2019, Jennifer joined the team at Nature Medicine as the editor for metabolism, physiology, global health, and public health. She is based in the London office and you can follow her on Twitter @JenLSargent