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: Susan Jones
Susan studied Microbiology & Virology for her undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick. She received a PhD in Microbiology, studying quorum sensing in a plant pathogenic bacterium in George Salmond’s lab at the University of Warwick. After postdoctoral work at Imperial College, London investigating transcriptional mechanisms underlying stress responses in bacteria, she left the lab in 2003 to join the launch team of Nature Reviews Microbiology, becoming Chief Editor in 2008. She moved to join the PLOS Medicine team in 2009 where she was responsible for infectious disease, public health and molecular medicine and became Senior Research Editor in 2011. Susan joined Nature Biotechnology in 2012 where she spent eight years as Senior Editor, and was responsible for applied microbiology, microbiome technologies, microbial genomics and plant biotechnology among other areas. She joined Nature Microbiology as Chief Editor in March 2020.
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: 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: François Mayer
François studied Microbiology at the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany, and investigated biofilms of the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa during his Diploma thesis in the laboratory of Dieter Jahn. He then earned his PhD in Microbiology studying novel infection-associated genes in the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans in the laboratory of Bernhard Hube at the Hans-Knoell-Institute in Jena, Germany. Following a short postdoc in Bernhard Hube’s lab, he then moved to Vancouver, Canada, to perform postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Jim Kronstad at the Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia. There, his research focus was on virulence factor production by the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, antifungal drug discovery, and fungal-bacterial interactions. François joined the Nature Microbiology team in September 2019.
Associate Editor: Agustina Taglialegna
Agustina studied Microbiology at the National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina. She earned her PhD in Biotechnology studying protein-mediated cell-cell interactions of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms in the laboratory of Inigo Lasa, under the supervision of Jaione Valle at the Public University of Navarra, Spain. She then moved to Houston, Texas, for postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Adriana Rosato at The Houston Methodist Research Institute (Texas Medical Center). There, she focused on studying the molecular mechanisms by which methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) clinical strains gain resistance against different antibiotics and their relation to virulence. Agustina joined the Nature Microbiology team in January 2020.
Associate Editor: Julie Tai-Schmiedel
Julie studied Biochemistry at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany. She pursued her Ph.D. studies in the lab of Noam Stern-Ginossar at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. There, she addressed how Influenza A virus induces host shutoff and investigated the functions of long non-coding RNAs that are encoded by the human cytomegalovirus. Julie joined the Nature Microbiology team in September 2020.
Locum Associate Editor: Yassine Cherrak
Yassine studied biotechnology and microbiology at Aix-Marseille University, France. Next, he carried out his PhD in molecular microbiology & biochemistry, which was co-supervised by Eric Cascales ( CNRS-Marseille) and Eric Durand (Inserm-Marseille). For his postgraduate work, Yassine characterized the structure and functions of a contractile machinery involved in bacterial competition (the type six secretion system). Outside of the lab Yassine loves hiking, kayaking and football, and is a long-time fan of the “Olympique de Marseille” team. Yassine joined the Nature Microbiology team in June 2020.