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Staff Editors

Christine Ferguson

Joint Chief Editor
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Chris Ferguson, raised in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, studied Microbiology and Immunology as an undergraduate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), followed by Developmental Biology as a grad student at UCT’s Medical School. With a PhD in hand, Chris moved to the UK in 1996 and started postdoctoral research at Guy’s Hospital with King’s College London, firstly in craniofacial development and subsequently in the Developmental Neurobiology Unit. Turning to scientific communication, Chris trained as a commissioning editor on the Cell Press Trends review journals in 2004. After serving as Editor of Trends in Immunology for two and half years, she resigned in 2007 to join the Open Access movement spearheaded by PLOS and the team of editors on PLOS Biology. Chris currently runs the journal as Joint Chief Editor with Emma Ganley. 

Emma Ganley

Joint Chief Editor
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A UK native, Emma obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB) in Cambridge. This was followed by a move to the US to do postdoctoral research at University of California Berkeley, where she closely followed the Open Access movement and the debut of PLOS. Emma (then Emma Hill) originally joined the PLOS Biology editorial team in 2005 as an Associate Editor in the San Francisco offices. After two years at PLOS Biology, she moved to New York in 2007 to run The Journal of Cell Biology as its Executive Editor. During her time at the JCB, she was instrumental in the development and deployment of the JCB DataViewer for original microscopy image data. After returning to the UK in 2010, Emma took a position as Project Manager for the Open Microscopy Environment (OME), the Open Source software team with whom she had worked on the JCB DataViewer. Here, she was able to extend her experience into software development, while retaining an interest in Open Data. After returning to PLOS Biology in 2012 as a Senior Editor, Emma has since been delighted to take up the position of Joint Chief Editor and to take a lead role in the PLOS Data Program.

Ines Alvarez-Garcia

Senior Editor
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After graduating with a degree in Zoology in Madrid, Ines moved to Cambridge and became very interested in molecular biology and development while she worked as a research assistant in a Drosophila lab. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge and moved to Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. After a short collaboration at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, she moved back to Cambridge to do a second postdoc. She joined the PLOS Biology team in April 2008, and has since enjoyed collaborating closely with scientists to help them share their results. 

Liza Gross

Senior Editor
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Liza Gross came to PLOS in 2003 as a science writer and editor with more than fifteen years of publishing experience. After editing books and guides at Wine Spectator, she oversaw copy editing at Parenting magazine, then wrote about toxics and environmental health at Sierra magazine. While writing about biology and physics as a staff writer for San Francisco’s famous Exploratorium science museum, she was inspired by founder Frank Oppenheimer’s vision that giving people the tools to understand scientific phenomena would ultimately benefit society at large. However, she knew that vision would go largely unfulfilled as long as most of the scientific literature remained locked behind paywalls. Liza joined PLOS because she felt that the organization’s mission to remove barriers–physical as well as intellectual–to scientific knowledge and discovery is especially critical today, when many people still believe vaccines cause autism and struggle to navigate science-related issues in public discussion. In addition to editing magazine articles in PLOS Biology’s front section, Liza writes frequently about ecology, conservation, and public and environmental health for other media outlets.

Roli Roberts

Senior Editor
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Brought up in Zambia, where he was home-schooled in the remote town of Mulobezi, Roli returned to the UK at the age of 11. He studied biochemistry at University of Oxford and did his PhD at Guy’s Hospital with King's College London. After postdoctoral fellowships in London and Boston, he returned to the UK as a PI (lecturer and then senior lecturer) for 13 years at King’s College London. He moved to Cambridge and became an editor at PLOS Biology in 2011. Roli oversees PLOS Biology’s homepage, social media, and blog named PLOS Biologue.

Hashi Wijayatilake

Senior Editor
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Hashi joined PLOS Biology in 2013, following three years as an Assistant Editor at Genes & Development (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press). Originally hailing from Sri Lanka, Hashi moved to the USA to pursue a degree in Molecular Biology at Princeton University, followed by a PhD and postdoc at the University of Oxford (UK). Her move to editorial work at Genes & Development took her back to the USA, and she is now affiliated with PLOS Biology. Hashi oversees PLOS Biology’s new Meta-Research section.

Gabriel Gasque

Associate Editor
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Gabriel received a PhD in Biochemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He did postdoctoral research at Columbia University and The Rockefeller University. Towards the end of his postdoc and prior to joining PLOS in 2013, Gabriel became interested in science communication, particularly Open Access. As a result, he attended several science writing workshops and collaborated in science communication projects, including blogging and editing for Rockefeller’s science blog, The Incubator. 

Di Jiang

Associate Editor
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Di received his Ph.D. in genetics in 1999 from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. For his thesis, Di worked with Dr. Michael Lenardo on T cell development in mice at NIAID, NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a post-doctoral fellow at NICHD, NIH with Dr. Ajay Chitnis on zebrafish neurogenesis, and in 2001, he moved to University of California Santa Barbara to work with Dr. William Smith on developmental genetics of ascidian. In 2006, Di joined the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, University of Bergen in Norway as a principle investigator and established his own lab working on ascidian notochord morphogenesis. He moved to Shanghai in April 2015 where he took up a position as a scientific editor at Cell Research before joining PLOS Biology in January 2017.

Lauren Richardson

Associate Editor
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Lauren attended the University of California Davis as an undergraduate, where she obtained a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During this time she also interned at a pharmaceutical research company, which inspired her to attend graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle for a PhD in Pharmacology. After grad school, Lauren was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Berkeley, in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department. Lauren joined PLOS Biology in 2014 to pursue a career in publishing and scientific communication.