About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Methods 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: Allison Doerr

Allison Doerr began conducting research in polymer chemistry as an undergraduate at Vassar College. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University working in George McLendon's laboratory, where she studied de novo protein receptor design and investigated protein-ligand interactions using NMR spectroscopy. She covers biochemistry and chemical biology content for the journal, including proteomics, metabolomics and structural biology. Allison joined Nature Methods in February 2005 and has been Chief Editor since November 2018. 


Senior Editor: Nicole Rusk

Nicole Rusk obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Vienna with Roland Foisner, studying the cell cycle-dependent regulation of the cytoskeletal protein Plectin. For postdoctoral work she joined Robert Nissenson's laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco, to investigate trafficking and signaling of the G-protein-coupled receptor for parathyroid hormone. Then Nicole moved to the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Research Institute, where she worked as an Assistant Investigator with Marc Symons on characterizing the functions of the lipid phosphatase Synaptojanin 2, an effector of the small GTPase Rac. She joined Nature Methods in May 2004.


Senior Editor: Nina Vogt

Nina Vogt began her research career as an undergraduate at Heidelberg University working with yeast. She conducted her Ph.D. research at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, where she studied mRNA localization in Drosophila with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. She then moved on to a postdoc in Claude Desplan's laboratory at New York University where she established a behavioral assay for color vision in Drosophila. She handles the neuroscience, model organism, mechanobiology and stem cell content for the journal. Nina joined Nature Methods in April 2014.


Senior Editor: Rita Strack

Rita Strack began her research career as an undergraduate studying translational fidelity in yeast. She then went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago. While there, she worked with Benjamin Glick and Robert Keenan engineering improved variants of the red fluorescent protein DsRed, including DsRed-Express2 and E2-Crimson. She also studied the chemical mechanism of chromophore formation in DsRed. She continued her research as a postdoctoral fellow in Samie Jaffrey's laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she developed fluorescent reporters for live-cell imaging of RNA such as Spinach2. Rita joined Nature Methods in November 2014.


Associate Editor: Lei Tang

Lei Tang started her research in polymer science as an undergraduate at Tianjin University. She then moved to the U.S. for her Ph.D. work at Duke University, where she studied template-free ssDNA synthesis methods using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase under the supervision of Stefan Zauscher. She continued her research as a postdoc in the Zauscher laboratory, where she developed a synthesis platform for nucleic acid-based polymeric drugs. Lei joined Nature Methods in June 2018.


Technology Editor, news and features: Vivien Marx

Vivien Marx is a multi-platform journalist who covers many areas of science and technology development. She joined Nature Methods in 2012. Her work has appeared in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods and elsewhere including The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, ZDF/arte, Science, The Lancet, Chemical & Engineering News, Newsweek/Daily Beast and New Scientist. She speaks fluent French and German. She studied biology and computing and holds a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow. Among her awards are the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism and a Knight Foundation science journalism fellowship at MIT.