Focus on Peer Review: Our experts

Delivered by experienced researchers and editors


Our Focus on Peer Review course is delivered by 11 journal editors from Nature Research, as well as experienced peer reviewers from King’s College London and Imperial College London.

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Bart Verberck

Bart Verberck obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Antwerp with a dissertation on fullerene crystals. He joined Nature Physics in 2013 after post-doctoral stays at the Research Centre Jülich and the Universities of Antwerp, Paris-Sud and Würzburg, during which he worked mainly on structure-property relationships in carbon materials. At Nature Physics, Bart handled manuscripts on topics from condensed-matter physics, fluid dynamics and plasma physics. Bart is now Regional Executive Editor for Berlin. His role is to oversee the outreach to the academic community in Berlin, Germany and beyond and to manage the editors based in the recently created Nature Research Berlin Hub.

Elisa De Ranieri

Elisa De Ranieri is the Editor-in-Chief at Nature Communications. Previously, she was the Head of Editorial Process and Data Analytics for the Nature journals, following editorial roles at Nature Energy, and Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Communications where she handled manuscripts in diverse areas of applied physics including photovoltaics, energy harvesting devices, 2D materials, electronics and spintronics. Before becoming an editor, she was a research scientist at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, where her research focused on transport in ferromagnetic semiconductors. Elisa has a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, and a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Federico Levi

Federico Levi re-joined Nature Physics in 2017, having previously been a Senior Editor and Team Manager at Nature Communications. His studies began at the University of Milan, where he specialized in the dynamics of open quantum systems. He then obtained his PhD from the University of Freiburg where he studied entanglement theory and energy transfer in disordered systems, with a focus on identifying quantum effects in biological processes.

Darren Burgess

Darren Burgess received his PhD in cancer genetics from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Watson School of Biological Sciences, New York, USA. There he worked in Scott Lowe's laboratory, using RNA interference screens to identify genetic modifiers of chemotherapy response. He continued this interest in translational cancer research as a postdoctoral fellow with Alan Ashworth at the Breast Cancer Now Research Centre, London, UK, where he focused on synthetic lethality approaches to cancer therapy using DNA repair inhibitors. Darren joined the Nature Reviews team in November 2010.

George Booth

Dr George Booth joined King’s College London in October 2014 as a Royal Society university research fellow and proleptic lecturer. He has an Msci in Physics from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at both the University of Cambridge and Princeton University, USA. He also held posts as a junior research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge from 2010-2015 and as a fixed term lecturer at the University of Cambridge.

Katharine Barnes

Katharine Barnes joined Nature Protocols in January 2006 as Chief Editor and led the editorial team of Nature Protocols until November 2009, when she stepped down from the full-time Chief Editor role to become Managing Editor, working part-time. Before joining Nature Protocols Katharine was Editor of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences. A graduate of the University of Durham, UK, she completed her PhD in cancer pharmacology at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. Her postdoctoral research, based in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Pharmacology, was focused on the phosphatase CDC25 and its potential as a target for anti-cancer drug development.

Elizabeth Moylan

Elizabeth Moylan has a PhD and post-doc from the University of Oxford, UK. In 2004, she moved into publishing as an in-house Editor handling peer review on the BMC-series journals. In her role as Senior Editor (Peer Review Strategy and Innovation), Elizabeth supported and initiated the development and implementation of new approaches to peer review and related policy at BMC.

Alicia Newton

Alicia Newton's studies have focused on various aspects of palaeoceanography and micropalaeontology, including the use of foraminifera to reconstruct Holocene and Quaternary tropical ocean conditions and describing the microfossil composition of Silurian microbial reefs. She has also been active in secondary and undergraduate geoscience education practice and pedagogy. At the time of her contribution to our courses Alicia was a senior editor at Nature Geoscience, and had been with the journal for 10 years. Prior to joining Nature Research, she completed her PhD in geosciences at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, where she reconstructed temperature and salinity variations in the Indo-Pacific warm pool over the past 26,000 years.

Andrea Aguilar

Andrea Aguilar gained her PhD in Neurosciences at Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris VI in 2011 and spent three years as a Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying tubulin acetylation. Andrea then relocated to the UK to work as a Reviews Editor at Development (The Company of Biologists), where she handled stem cells-related content. During her time at Nature Research, Andrea worked as an Assistant for Nature Reviews Neurology and Nature Reviews Nephrology and later as an Associate Editor for Nature Review Nephrology. After her experience as a researcher and an Editor, Andrea recently joined the Masterclasses team as a Publishing Manager to create new content for scientists delivered by Editors.

David Rueda

David Rueda is Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at the Imperial College London in London, and Group Head at the London Institute of Medical Sciences of the Medical Research Council. He was initially trained as a Chemical Engineer (1997) and received his DSc in Physical Chemistry from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland (2001). He switched to Single Molecule Biophysics of nucleic acids during his postdoc at The University of Michigan at the interface of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. His research consists of developing and applying single molecule approaches to study the mechanisms by which protein and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) work together to regulate cellular functions such as DNA replication and repair.

Natasha Bray

Natasha Bray obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Manchester, UK, where she worked with Ingo Schiessl and Stuart Allan investigating the effects of inflammation and excitotoxicity on blood flow and neural responses in the rat sensory cortex. Previously, Natasha gained a year's industrial experience at Boehringer Ingelheim, Vienna, Austria, researching and profiling pipeline antitumour compounds. She joined Nature Reviews in February 2014, working first as an Assistant Editor on Nature Reviews Neuroscience and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery before becoming an Associate Editor and then a Senior Editor on Nature Reviews Neuroscience. Natasha's main interests are systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and neuroinflammation.

Kyle Legate

Kyle Legate obtained his PhD in biochemistry at McMaster University, studying the mechanism of membrane protein translocation. He then completed postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, where he investigated lipid regulation of integrin-mediated cell adhesion using mouse genetics, cell biological, biochemical and biophysical approaches. He joined Nature Communications in December 2013 and is the team manager for biotechnology, computational and synthetic biology.

Online course on peer review
Bart Veberck
Elisa De Ranieri
Federico Levi
Darren Burgess
George Booth
Katharine Barnes
Elizabeth Moylan
Alicia Newton
Andrea Aguilar
David Rueda
Natasha Bray
Kyle Legate