Scientific Writing and Publishing: Our experts

Delivered by Nature Research journal editors


Our Scientific Writing and Publishing course is delivered by editors from over 20 Nature Research journals. 

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Chris Surridge

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.

Tanguy Chouard

Tanguy Chouard completed his BSc at Ecole Polytechnique, France. He later carried out a PhD at the Pasteur Institute and post-doctoral work at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at University of California, Los Angeles. As a Senior Editor for biology at Nature, his areas of responsibility include: systems biology, neurobiology, protein science.

Zoltan Fehervari

Zoltan Fehervari initially read Zoology at the University of Reading, UK, followed by a short stint working as a marine biologist in Norway. Following this, he worked on corneal allografting at Imperial College London, and then a PhD with GSK and the University of Cambridge looking at immunological tolerance. He did his postdoc at Kyoto University, Japan, studying regulatory T cells. He then moved into editing firstly at Cell Press before starting with Nature Immunology in 2010.

Nicky Dean

Nicky Dean gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he employed a range of time-resolved techniques, from X-rays down to the terahertz regime, to study ultrafast dynamics and photoinduced phase transitions in complex materials. His subsequent postdoctoral studies for the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter involved characterizing and controlling the magnetic behaviour of multiferroics using nonlinear optical techniques. In July 2011 Nicky became an editor for Nature Communications, where he handled a broad range of manuscripts across applied and fundamental physics and photonics, including solar cells and light-trapping structures for energy harvesting. He also managed a team of physics and earth sciences editors, before leaving to launch Nature Energy.

Leonie Mueck

Leonie Mueck studied computational chemistry at the University of Marburg and State University St. Petersburg, Russia. After finishing her Diplom thesis in 2009, she pursued a PhD at the University of Mainz as part of the graduate school of excellence Materials Science in Mainz. Under the supervision of Juergen Gauss she investigated topics from highly accurate quantum chemistry, including multireference coupled-cluster methods, relativistic quantum chemistry and theoretical heavy-atom main group chemistry.
After completing her PhD summa cum laude in 2013, she started an editorial position at Nature Communications handling manuscripts from condensed matter physics and theoretical physics. In 2014, she moved to the journal Nature, first as Associate Editor and later becoming Senior Editor and Team Leader. Her manuscript areas included mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, high-energy physics and atom optics.

Liesbeth Venema

Liesbeth Venema studied physics at the University of Groningen and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and received her PhD in 2000 on electronic properties of carbon nanotubes. She became a manuscript editor at Nature in the same year in London. At the time of her contribution to our courses she was a Senior Editor at Nature, handling manuscripts mainly in the area of applied physics. Currently she works as Chief Editor for Nature Machine Intelligence.

Patrick Goymer

Patrick Goymer has an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a doctorate in evolutionary and molecular microbiology from the University of Oxford, and postdoctoral experience in ecological and evolutionary genetics at University College London. At the time of his contribution to our courses he was Nature’s Senior Editor for ecology and evolutionary biology. This included topics such as climate change ecology, biodiversity, evolutionary genetics, microbial evolution and human behaviour. He was responsible for selecting primary manuscripts within these areas for peer review, managing the peer review process, and overseeing other journal content in those areas. Prior to joining Nature in 2008, Patrick worked as an Associate Editor on Nature Reviews Genetics, commissioning and editing review articles in all areas of genetics and writing research highlights. He now works as Chief Editor for Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Sadaf Shadan

Sadaf Shadan completed her BSc, King's College London, and her PhD in cholesterol dynamics in cell membranes at University of Cambridge. She later carried out postdoctoral work on functional analysis of lipid-transfer proteins at University College London. As a Senior Editor for Biology at Nature, her areas of responsibility include: cell biology and plant biology.

Iulia Georgescu

Iulia Georgescu obtained her PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2008, having studied quantum information and simulation using trapped ions. She was a postdoctoral researcher at RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Japan and at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where she worked on quantum simulation and the characterization of Coulomb crystals of ions. Iulia joined Nature Physics in 2012, and is currently the Chief Editor for Nature Reviews Physics.

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.

Gemma Alderton

Gemma Alderton received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sussex, where she researched DNA damage and cell cycle signalling pathways and their deregulation in human disease with Penny Jeggo. Having established an interest in cell cycle signalling she worked as a postdoc in John Diffley's lab at the Cancer Research UK Clare Hall laboratories, investigating the control of the G1/S checkpoint signalling in mammalian cells. In October 2006 she moved to Nature Reviews Cancer to continue her broad interest in pathological cell signalling.

Peter Gorsuch

Peter Gorsuch runs Nature Research Editing Service, a presubmission editing service that allows researchers to benefit from Nature-standard editing and advice on scientific manuscripts. This wide-ranging role builds on a wide background: previously, Peter was an Associate Editor in the physical sciences team at Nature, where he specialised in earth sciences subjects from carbon cycling to landscape morphology. His research roots are in biology, and specifically the physiology and gene expression of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana at low temperatures, in which he carried out a PhD at the University of York, UK.

Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou

Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou received her PhD from the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK in 2007. Her doctoral work with Richard Treisman centred on the molecular interactions between actin-regulated transcription factors and their coactivators. She pursued her postdoctoral research in the lab of Joan Massagué at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she studied how different phosphorylation inputs affect TGFβ/BMP pathway activity to achieve distinct biological outcomes. Alexia joined Nature Cell Biology in September 2010 and became Chief Editor in November 2015.

Karl Ziemelis

Karl Ziemelis received his bachelor's in Natural Sciences (specializing in physics) from the University of Cambridge, followed by four years of original research on the electronic properties of conjugated polymers under the supervision of Professor Richard Friend (Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge), before joining the staff of Nature in 1992.
Karl is the current Physical Sciences Editor of Nature, a position that he has held since 1997. He manages a team of eleven Associate and Senior Editors who, between them, are responsible for Nature's output of original research papers in the physical sciences (which include astronomy, physics, materials, chemistry, Earth and environmental sciences). When time permits, he occasionally writes in a freelance capacity for Nature (having contributed to the news and "News and Views" sections of the journal) and also for the popular science weekly magazine New Scientist.

Ed Gerstner

Ed Gerstner is VP of Publishing, Nature Research Open Access. Over sixteen years of editorial and publishing experience at Nature journals. Responsible for Open Access journals published by Nature Research, including Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, the Nature Partner Journals, Communications Biology, Communications Chemistry, Communications Physics and Palgrave Communications.

Andrew Hufton

Andrew Hufton is responsible for the editorial policies of Scientific Data, in consultation with the Honorary Editor and Advisory Panel, and works with the Editorial Board to ensure a fair and thorough peer-review process for all submissions. Andrew received his PhD from Stanford University in 2006, and did postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin. His research included topics in developmental genetics, computational biology and genome evolution. Before joining Scientific Data, Andrew worked as an Editor at Molecular Systems Biology.

Kevin Da Silva

Kevin Da Silva is the Chief Editor of Nature Neuroscience. Before joining Nature Neuroscience in 2016, Kevin was a manuscript editor at Nature Medicine for seven years. Kevin received his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Toronto where he studied Alzheimer's disease vaccines with JoAnne McLaurin. He continued his work on neurodegenerative disease as a postdoctoral fellow with Isabelle Aubert at Sunnybrook Research Institute, investigating neurogenesis and cholinergic neuron degeneration in Alzheimer's disease and aging.

Luke Fleet

Luke Fleet is a Senior Editor & Team Leader at Nature. Following a PhD on spintronics from the University of York and in collaboration with the RIEC at Tohoku University, he undertook postdoctoral research in organic electronics at Imperial College London and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Luke joined Nature Research in 2013 as an editor at Nature Communications, before moving to Nature Physics in 2014, and then to Nature in 2017.

Natascha Bushati

Natascha Bushati received her PhD in 2008 from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg. For her pre-doctoral work, she studied cytokinesis in C. elegans with Michael Glotzer at the IMP in Vienna, and her doctoral work with Stephen Cohen focused on the roles of microRNAs in Drosophila development. After a short period as a postdoctoral researcher with Stephen Cohen at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in Singapore, Natascha carried out postdoctoral work with James Briscoe at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London, studying the gene regulatory networks underlying neural tube progenitor specification in chick embryos. She worked as an editor at EMBO Molecular Medicine and Nature Communications before joining Nature Cell Biology in 2014. She has since returned to Nature Communications as Team Manager and Senior Editor.

Tal Nawy

Tal Nawy focused on the stem cell niche of plant roots for his PhD work in the lab of Philip Benfey, first at New York University and then at Duke University. He studied domain specification in the early plant embryo at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a postdoc with Wolfgang Lukowitz, and subsequently worked on root tip regeneration with Kenneth Birnbaum at the New York University Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. He joined Nature Methods in May of 2011 and became Senior Editor handling the areas of genetics, genomics, stem cell biology and microbiology.

Elsa Couderc

Elsa Couderc joined Nature Communications in June 2015. After studying physics at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, she obtained a PhD in material science at the CEA Grenoble, and spent time at the University of Denver. Her postdoctoral work took her to the University of Southern California and to the University of Cambridge, where she studied organic and hybrid optoelectronic devices. During that time, she was a writing volunteer for the MRS Bulletin. Elsa is now Senior Editor at Nature Energy.

Catherine Potenski

Catherine Potenski obtained her Ph.D. from the Microbiology program at New York University School of Medicine in Irina Derkatch's laboratory where she studied Q/N-rich protein aggregates and prions in the yeast model system. For her postdoctoral work, Catherine joined Hannah Klein's laboratory where she studied mechanisms of ribonucleotide-induced DNA damage in yeast. She joined the Nature Genetics team in 2015, and is currently a Senior Editor.

Anke Sparmann

Anke Sparmann obtained her Ph.D. with Dafna Bar-Sagi at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied the role of Ras-induced Interleukin-8 expression in tumor growth and angiogenesis. During a post-doctoral period in the group of Maarten van Lohuizen at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, she focused on analyzing dynamic changes of Polycomb-complex composition during neural stem cell differentiation. After starting her editorial career at The EMBO Journal, she joined Nature Structural & Molecular Biology in 2014 after a brief interlude at Nature Communications.

John Plummer

John Plummer earned a MEng in materials science and engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK, and remained there for a PhD, investigating glass formation and the mechanical properties of metallic glasses. He then moved to Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher and to lecture on deformation mechanisms in materials. His research focused on the use of small-scale mechanical testing and in situsynchrotron experiments to elucidate the micromechanisms of deformation in crystalline metals and ceramics. As an editor, John started with Nature Communications in January 2013, and then joined Nature Materials in October 2014, where he handled manuscripts on structural materials, glasses, multiferroics and other topics of condensed matter physics. He is now the Senior Portfolio Editor for the Nature Partner Journals, overseeing a number of journals in the physical, life and social sciences.

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.

Cláudio Nunes-Alves

Cláudio Nunes-Alves 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 then joined the Nature Microbiology team as a Senior Editor in 2016.

Irene Jarchum

Irene Jarchum obtained her PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, where she studied the specificity of autoreactive T cells and mechanisms of central tolerance in type 1 diabetes. As a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, her research focused on mucosal immunity against the gut pathogen Clostridium difficile. Working at the Tisch MS Center of New York, she investigated the role of monocytes in multiple sclerosis. She was an editor at Nature Communications before joining the Nature Biotechnology team in 2014.

Sarah Seton-Rogers

Sarah Seton-Rogers received her PhD in Cell Biology from Harvard Medical School, where she researched signalling pathways implicated in migration and invasion of breast cancer cells with Joan Brugge. She then worked for two years as a medical writer at a medical communications agency, focusing predominantly on clinical research in hypertension and atherosclerosis. She joined Nature Reviews Cancer as an Associate Editor in April 2006, became a Senior Editor on the journal in November 2009 and then Chief Editor in May 2014.

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.

Adam Brotchie

Adam Brotchie completed his PhD in chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 2010, focussing on sonochemistry and sonoluminescence. He subsequently researched interfacial nanobubbles and the effects of ultrasound irradiation at solid/liquid interfaces as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany. In 2012, he moved into scientific publishing, working at Wiley-VCH on materials science journals including Advanced Materials and Small.

Liesbet Lieben

Liesbet Lieben received her PhD in biomedical sciences from the KU Leuven, Belgium, where she worked with Geert Carmeliet on the endocrine control of mineral and bone homeostasis. She continued this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow in the same laboratory, before pursuing a second fellowship at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. She joined the Nature Reviews Disease Primers launch team in January 2015.

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.

Euan Adie

Euan Adie founded Altmetric in 2011 and is still part of the senior management team. He focuses on new metrics, data and product strategy. Originally a medical genetics researcher he got into science communication by way of product manager roles at Nature Publishing Group and then Digital Science. He remains passionate about how science is practiced and communicated online.

Ritu Dhand

Ritu Dhand was awarded a PhD from University College, London, where she investigated the structure and function of the PI 3-kinase signalling molecule, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. She joined Nature as the signalling and cancer editor in 1999, taking on the additional role of Nature’s Reviews and Insights Editor in 2000. Ritu was then Nature’s Chief Biological Sciences Editor for over 13 years before moving to her current position as Nature Editorial Director.

Varsha Khodiyar

Varsha Khodiyar works on research data publishing initiatives as part of Springer Nature’s Research Data team. She has over 15 years of experience as a research data curator, having worked as a curator for the Human Genome Project and the Gene Ontology project. Varsha has four years of Masters Level teaching experience, having developed and delivered an MSc module on data curation for University College London. Varsha has also designed and delivered data curation training via 2-day workshops to academics at all stages of their careers (PhD students to tenured Professors). With her editorial and data curation responsibilities for the Nature Research journal, Scientific Data, Varsha is very familiar with the issues currently being faced by academics when sharing and publishing research data.

Amye Kenall

Amye Kenall, at the time of contributing to this course, was Associate Publisher at BioMed Central, overseeing a portfolio of over 50 journals in the Health Sciences. In addition to this role, Amye also lead open data initiatives across BioMed Central and was responsible for spearheading policy as well as technology around open data. She worked closely with repositories as well as with open science communities and tools in order to encourage data sharing and help propel data as a first class research object. Amye currently works as the Global Head of Life Sciences at Springer Nature.

Online course in scientific writing and publishing
Chris Surridge
Tanguy Chouard
Zoltan Fehervari
Nicky Dean
Leonie Mueck
Liesbeth Venema
Patrick Goymer
Sadaf Shadan
Iulia Georgescu
Bart Veberck
Gemma Alderton
Peter Gorsuch
Alexia Zaromytidou
Karl Ziemelis
Ed Gerstner
Andrew Hufton
Kevin Da Silva
Luke Fleet
Natascha Bushati
Tal Nawy
Elsa Couderc
Catherine Potenski
Anke Sparmann
John Plummer
Elisa De Ranieri
Claudio Nunes Alves
Irene Jarchum
Sarah Seton-Rogers
Federico Levi
Adam Brotchie
Liesben Lieben
Darren Burgess
Euan adie
Ritu Dhand
Varsha Khodiyar
Amye Kenall