Chris Surridge gained a PhD in Biophysics from Imperial College, London, studying the dynamics of microtubule assembly. He left the bench for scientific publishing in 1993 initially as Assistant Editor on Nature Structural Biology, and then as a member of the editorial team at Nature where he has handled topics as diverse as structural biology, neuroscience and systems biology. He became the Plant Sciences editor of Nature in 1999 just in time for the publication of the Arabidopsis genome. In 2005 he joined the Public Library of Science (PLoS) as the Managing Editor of PLoS ONE, before returning to Nature as a Senior Editor in 2008. Chris has also spent time as Nature's Web Editor and as the Editor of the now defunct Brief Communication section. From 2009 to 2014 he was Chief Editor of Nature Protocols. After two decades of honing his skills, Chris now leads an editorial team as Chief Editor of Nature Plants.