Staff Editors

Hashi Wijayatilake

Acting Chief Editor​

Hashi joined PLOS Biology in 2013, following 3 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 postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford. 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.


Ines Alvarez-Garcia

Senior Editor

After graduating with a degree in Zoology, 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 in Heidelberg, she moved back to Cambridge to do a second postdoctoral fellowship. She joined the PLOS Biology team in April 2008, and has since enjoyed collaborating closely with scientists to help them share their results.


Gabriel Gasque

Senior Editor

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 postdoctoral work 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.


Liza Gross

Senior Editor

Liza Gross came to PLOS in 2003 as a science writer and editor with more than 15 years of publishing experience. After editing books and guides at Wine Spectator, she oversaw copy editing at Parenting magazine, then wrote about toxins 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.


Lauren Richardson

Senior Editor

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 for a PhD in Pharmacology. After graduate 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.

Roli Roberts

Senior Editor


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 the University of Oxford and did his PhD at Guy’s Hospital in London. After Postdoctoral Fellowships in King’s College London and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he returned to the UK as a Principal Investigator (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 the blog named PLOS Biologue.

Di Jiang

Associate Editor

Di received his PhD in Genetics in 1999 from the George Washington University. For his thesis, Di worked with Dr. Michael Lenardo on T cell development in mice at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institute of Health (NIH). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Health and Human Development, NIH, with Dr. Ajay Chitnis on zebrafish neurogenesis. In 2001, he moved to the 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 as a Principal 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.