About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Microbiology 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: Nonia Pariente

Nonia received a PhD in molecular biology from the Autonoma University of Madrid studying RNA virus evolution and new antiviral strategies with Esteban Domingo. She then moved to UCLA, where she focussed on developing lentiviral vectors for gene therapy in Irvin Chen’s laboratory. In 2007, Nonia joined the EMBO reports editorial team, were she spent a total of eight years, becoming Senior Editor in 2012. There she was responsible for microbiology and immunology, among other areas, and spent many years broadening her understanding and love for all things microbial. In September 2015, Nonia joined the launch team of Nature Microbiology, were she has worked ever since, except for two locum stints as microbiology editor at Nature. She became Chief Editor in March 2019. 



Senior Editor: Cláudio Nunes-Alves

Cláudio studied biochemistry at the University of Porto, Portugal, before earning his Ph.D. in Life and Health Sciences. He shared his time between Portugal and the United States, in the laboratories of Margarida Correia-Neves (at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, Braga, Portugal), Sam Behar (then at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and Christophe Benoist (at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), studying multiple aspects of immunity to tuberculosis. These included clarifying the role of CD8+ T cells following Mycobacterium tuberculosis challenge and how infection of the thymus affects ongoing immunity to tuberculosis. After a brief postdoctoral position with Sam Behar at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, Cláudio joined the Nature Reviews Microbiology team as an Associate Editor in April 2014 and after a successful period as locum Chief Editor in 2015, he became a Senior Editor. Cláudio joined the Nature Microbiology team in March 2016.



Senior Editor: Michael Chao

Michael received a B.Sc. in Microbiology at Cornell University, where he first developed his interest in bacterial pathogenesis. He subsequently earned his PhD in Biomedical and Biological Sciences from Harvard University in Eric Rubin’s laboratory, studying cell wall remodelling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow in Matthew Waldor’s lab at Harvard Medical School, investigating the role of DNA methylation on regulating fundamental cellular processes in Vibrio cholerae. Michael joined the Nature Microbiology in August 2015.



Senior Editor: Emily White

Emily received a B.Sc. in Microbiology and further developed her knowledge by studying for a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Manchester. Her time was split between the laboratories of Ian Roberts and Richard Grencis, looking at the interactions between the mammalian intestinal microbiota and the intestinal helminth parasite Trichuris muris. Emily joined the Nature Microbiology team in November 2016.



Associate Editor: Libera Lo Presti

Libera studied Medical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna, Italy, and then worked as research assistant at the Institute of Microbiology of the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2012, she received her PhD in Life Science from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she investigated the mechanisms underlying cell morphogenesis in fission yeast. She then moved as postdoctoral fellow to the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany, to work on the interaction between the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis and its host plant, Zea mays. Libera joined the Nature Microbiology team in June 2018.