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Staff Editors

Emily Chenette

Emily studied biochemistry at Columbia University as an undergraduate, and went on to earn her PhD in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed postdoctoral research at Duke University, where she analysed gene expression signatures in lung cancer. Emily has always loved scientific writing and policy and left the bench to pursue an editorial career in 2007. Before joining PLOS ONE in 2018, she held editorial positions at Nature Cell Biology and The FEBS Journal. She is excited to support PLOS ONE’s commitment to community and open science.

George Vousden

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

George joined PLOS ONE in 2017 following his PhD and subsequent post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge. He has a background in psychology and neuroscience, specialising in the use of rodents to better understand human disease. He is passionate about open science, reproducibility and preventing publication bias.

Michelle Dohm

Managing Editor, Editorial Board Services

Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from DePaul University, and then headed north along Lake Michigan to Northwestern University, where she completed her PhD in the Chemistry of Life Processes. Her research focused on the synthesis and biophysical characterization of non-natural polymers that may behave as “protein mimics” in therapeutic applications. She then moved west and undertook postdoctoral work in Bioengineering at the Stanford University Schools of Engineering and Medicine with a similar research focus. Before PLOS, Michelle left the lab to pursue her interests in editing and digital publishing by accepting a Senior Managing Editor role at Shmoop, an educational online publishing startup. During her time there, she built and led a growing content team that wrote, edited, and produced math and science products.

Behavioral and Social Sciences, Neuroscience, Mental Health

Yann Benetreau

Division Editor

After undergraduate studies in France in logic and philosophy of science (Paris-1) and an MA at Boston University, Yann obtained a PhD in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Yann then pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. His doctoral research was on confirmation theory and inductive reasoning, and particularly on probabilistic reasoning in physical cosmology. He has also been doing research on the role of the history and philosophy of science in science education. Prior to joining PLOS ONE, he served as an assistant editor for Science & Education and as an Editorial Assistant for the European Journal for Philosophy of Science.

Vanessa Carels

Senior Editor

Vanessa earned an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. They spent some time studying what happens in bird brains when they learn to sing, then left the Midwest to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. Their research focused on the encoding of complex sounds in auditory cortex and the ways that modulating attention can change the sensory code. They worked as a freelance science writer and editor as a graduate student, and came to PLOS in 2017 excited to contribute to open scientific communication.

Avanti Dey

Associate Editor


Avanti received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queen’s University in Canada before heading to the U.S. to obtain a PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences in 2016 from Washington University in St Louis. Her graduate research examined the interaction between cognitive abilities during speech perception in aging, with a focus on executive function and language. She went on to complete a year of postdoctoral training in behavioural economics and decision-making at Columbia University, before returning to the field of cognitive aging to examine issues of age-related neural compensation at the Center for Vital Longevity at University of Texas at Dallas as a postdoctoral research scientist. Avanti has also worked as an Associate Editor with The POSTDOCket, the official newsletter of the National Postdoctoral Association, and joined PLOS ONE in 2020.

Steve Zimmerman

Associate Editor


Steve received an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Nottingham Trent University and a master’s degree in Intelligent Systems from the University of Nottingham. He stayed at Nottingham to pursue a PhD in Psychology, using cognitive modelling to examine language development. After graduating, Steve took a lecturing position at the University of Derby and then moved to the US to become an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University. His research focused on the development of scientific reasoning. He then worked as a freelance copyeditor before joining PLOS ONE in 2022.

Katrien Janin

Associate Editor


Katrien is a biological archaeologist/anthropologist with a primate twist. Her doctoral research focused on the impact of modularity and integration in shaping primate evolution. During her doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, she was part of the editorial team at the Archaeological Review from Cambridge (ARC) journal. She loved her editorial role so much that she decided to pursue an editorial career and joined the PLOS ONE team in February 2022.

Public Health and Medicine

James Mockridge

Division Editor

James studied Biology as an undergraduate at the University of Bath and received his PhD from the University of Cambridge for a project investigating the signaling mechanisms of growth hormone. After completing postdoctoral research in the Department of Cardiology at King’s College London, he moved from the bench into scientific publishing and worked at Portland Press and then at Springer Nature as an Editor in the BMC Series handling a portfolio of medical journals. Before joining PLOS ONE in July 2021, James was the Managing Editor of the British Journal of Cancer.

Marianne Clemence

Senior Editor


Marianne studied Biological Sciences at the university of Oxford and subsequently completed a Wellcome Trust-funded doctoral training programme in Infection, Immunology and Translational Medicine. Her research focused on characterisation of the polysaccharide capsule in Neisseria meningitidis, a leading cause of bacterial meningitis. After her PhD, Marianne spent some time working as a medical writer, supporting the development of publications in rare genetic disorders. She developed a particular interest in Open Access in the publication of clinical research, which led her to join PLOS ONE in August 2020.

Tom Phillips

Associate Editor

Tom is originally from Guildford in Southern England where he worked as a Healthcare Assistant before studying Molecular Biology at the University of Sheffield. He then moved to complete a PhD at the University of Bristol researching the placental origin of neurodevelopmental conditions during hypoxic insults such as pre-eclampsia. Tom developed a nanoparticle-based antioxidant treatment that protected against foetal damage from pre-eclampsia, which he patented and formed the basis of a spin-out company. He worked there as a consultant before it was sold off to a larger pharmaceutical company. Tom then joined the Dementia Research Institute and helped set up the new research unit at Cardiff University. During his career he has worked in academic, industrial, and clinical settings in the UK, Canada, Japan, USA and Norway. His driving passion has always been learning and the belief that knowledge should be universally available. Tom joined PLOS for the chance to increase his own learning and to support open science.

Lucinda Shen

Associate Editor

Lucy received her BSc in Biomedical Sciences in 2017, and decided to further pursue a MSc in Experimental Internal Medicine at the University of Amsterdam. Her master focused on clinical research which focused on non-invasive imaging of the microcirculation in the perioperative setting. Being fascinated by clinical research, she worked as a clinical researcher leading projects investigating changes in microvascular physiology during cardiac surgery. She is a passionate advocate of transparency in science and open scientific communication.

Lorena Verduci

Associate Editor

Lorena has a master’s degree in Biomolecular Sciences and Technologies (University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy) and a PhD in Innovative Strategies in Biomedical Research (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy). After her PhD she worked in Research Institutes, Universities and Life Science companies in Italy and in the UK. Her research focused on cardiovascular regeneration, role of microRNAs and circRNAs in cancer, assessment of new cancer drug in vitro and in vivo, and development of new technologies. She has always had a passion for scientific writing and during her career she has authored research articles and reviews. She finally decided to pursue a career in publishing joining PLOS ONE in May 2021.

Jamie Royle

Associate Editor

Jamie completed his BSc and MBiol in Biochemistry at the University of Leeds in 2016 before moving to Glasgow. In Glasgow he undertook a PhD in molecular virology at the Centre for Virus Research where he investigated the immune response of mosquito cells to Zika virus infection, and the role of host-cell interaction partners of Zika E protein in virus replication. He also contributed to the generation of a molecular ‘toolkit’ to help facilitate the study of SARS-CoV 2.

Emily Alcock

Associate Editor

Emily studied Biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia. She subsequently completed her PhD in molecular microbiology on a project studying proteins involved in the polar growth of actinomycetes. Following this, she joined the NHS working in a virology laboratory identifying cases and variants of SARS-CoV2. Emily joined PLOS ONE in April 2022.

Johannes Stortz

Associate Editor

Johannes studied Biology (BSc) and Infectious Diseases (MSc) at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). He proceeded to obtain his PhD in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation from the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology (University of Glasgow, Scotland) for establishing a CRISPR/Cas9-based molecular tool to investigate actin biology in the human parasite Toxoplasma. Subsequently, Johannes joined the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing (Cologne, Germany) for a post-doc position. He focused his research on host-pathogen interactions by studying membrane contact sites between intracellular pathogens and host organelles. During his research time, Johannes developed a keen interest for the process of peer-reviewed publishing. He joined PLOS to contribute to scientific publishing as an editor in April 2022.

Life Sciences

Alejandra Clark

Division Editor

Alejandra was born and raised in Argentina. She graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology from Edinburgh University. Inspired by undergraduate lectures on the RNA world, she stayed in Edinburgh to undertake a PhD on the mechanism of mRNA localisation in Ilan Davis’ lab. Alejandra moved south to the University of Cambridge to work on the role of miRNAs in Eric Miska’s lab at the Gurdon Institute. Before joining PLOS in 2013, she worked as an editor for EMBO Reports in Heidelberg.

Miquel Vall-llosera Camps

Senior Editor

Miquel received his BsC in Biology from the University of Barcelona. In 2012 he completed a PhD in Ecology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His topic of research was the ecology of avian invasions, particularly what makes a species a successful invader and how this knowledge can be used to prevent the impacts of the invaders. He then moved to the University of Adelaide for a postdoctoral position examining the pet trade as a pathway of introduction of invasive bird species. In 2017 he became an Assistant Professor at Shinshu University researching international exotic bird trade. Miquel has a wide range of interests in life sciences including biodiversity conservation, global change ecology, natural history, evolutionary biology, and paleontology. He joined PLOS ONE in June 2018.

Sebastian Shepherd

Associate Editor

Sebastian studied Biology as an undergraduate at the University of Southampton, going on to complete his PhD on the effects of environmental stressors on insects. After his PhD Sebastian moved to the U.S. to conduct postdoctoral research in the Krupke's lab in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University, where he researched the effects of agrochemicals on pollinators with an aim of suggesting evidence-based solutions for sustainable agriculture. Sebastian’s interests in science communication and open access led him to join the PLOS ONE team in July 2021.

Jianhong Zhou

Associate Editor

Following her undergraduate studies in Pharmaceutical Administration, Jianhong obtained a Masters in Bioinformatics from China Pharmaceutical University and a PhD in Systems Biology at Soochow University spending two years in Indiana University for her PhD training. Her doctoral research initially focused on protein structure/function predictions, and later changed into protein disorder/function predictions. She then worked as a postdoc at iHuman institute in ShanghaiTech University investigating the functions of intrinsically disordered regions in signaling and regulatory proteins. She joined PLOS ONE in July 2019.

Thomas Tischer

Associate Editor

Thomas studied Biochemistry at the University of Bayreuth and Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany going on to complete his PhD at the University of Konstanz. During this time, he worked with Xenopus laevis frogs to understand the regulation of the cell cycle during very early embryonic divisions. He moved on as an EMBO Long Term Fellow to join the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK where he started to work with mouse oocytes. This experience made him fall in love with microscopy and he subsequently decided to work on centrosome biology in human cells, focusing on protein interactions and ubiquitylation. Thomas joined PLOS ONE in January 2022.


Physical Sciences and Engineering

Carla Pegoraro

Division Editor


Carla grew up in Pisa, where she obtained BEng and MEng degrees in Biomedical Engineering working on molecularly imprinted membranes for the recognition of specific biomolecules. She then earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield, UK, with a project focused on transdermal needle free drug delivery under the supervision of professors Sheila MacNeil and Giuseppe Battaglia. During her PhD and research fellowship working on polymersome vaccine delivery, she became intrigued by the other side of scientific research: communication and publishing. This led her to the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, UK. There she worked for 4 years as a Publishing Editor on a variety of journals covering all aspects of chemistry. She was also strongly involved in cover commissioning and writing for Chemistry World. She joined PLOS ONE in November 2016.

Hanna Landenmark

Senior Editor

Hanna received an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics (MPhys), from The University of Edinburgh, before pursuing a PhD at the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the same institution. Her research focussed on microbial community assembly and the colonisation by microorganisms of novel rocky environments, and the associated rock weathering and geochemical alterations. She has a strong interest in understanding the complexity of the biosphere and the Earth-life system, as well as a personal interest in zoology and biodiversity. Hanna is passionate about science communication and Open Access publishing, with an interest in how scientific knowledge is disseminated and curated, and how this affects and enhances society as a whole. She gained extracurricular experience in editing and publishing through various endeavours during her PhD studies, before joining the PLOS ONE team in 2018.

Natasha McDonald

Associate Editor

Natasha began her research career as an oceanographer, working for a NASA-funded program in the Sargasso Sea, studying the factors that control the underwater light field. She then went on to pursue a PhD in marine biogeochemistry at the University of Kiel in Germany. Her research focused on organic carbon cycling and the optical properties of dissolved organic matter. Her interest in transparent and open access science led her to join the Physical Sciences and Engineering team at PLOS in 2019.

Hugh Cowley

Senior Editor

Hugh received his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (MSci) from the University of Cambridge, UK, with a Master’s research project in catalytic amine-borane dehydrocoupling. He undertook graduate research in thiazyl synthesis, electron paramagnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography at the University of Windsor, Ontario, before deciding on a career in scientific publishing. Hugh joined the Royal Society of Chemistry as an editor for ChemComm, subsequently working on Chemical Science, Chemical Society Reviews and RSC Advances. He then moved into the development of a wide range of specialist chemistry and materials science journals, and newly launched engineering journals Reaction Chemistry & Engineering and MSDE. His strong interest in accessibility and equity in scientific communication led him to open access publishing at PLOS, and he joined the PLOS ONE team in 2021.