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Staff Editors

Joerg Heber


Joerg studied physics at the University of Erlangen. Having obtained a PhD in Semiconductor Physics from Imperial College London in 2000, Joerg went on to postdoctoral positions at Bell Laboratories and the University of Marburg. In 2005 he joined what is now Springer Nature as a manuscript editor at Nature Materials, and moved on to Nature Communications in 2012. Having held several managerial positions there, he became the journal’s Executive Editor in 2015. In 2016, Joerg was appointed PLOS ONE’s Editor-in-Chief.

Iratxe Puebla

Senior Managing Editor

Iratxe graduated with a degree in Chemistry and an emphasis in biochemistry from the University of the Basque Country. She then headed to the UK and worked as a technician, before studying for a MPhil at Imperial College London. She moved into publishing in 2003, when she joined BioMed Central and became Senior Editor for the BMC-series journals. Iratxe became involved with PLOS ONE while working as a freelance editor. She acted as Consulting Editor for PLOS ONE for several years before joining the editorial team in the UK Office. In her current role, Iratxe oversees the day-to-day editorial operations of the journal.

Independently of her role in PLOS ONE, Iratxe also assists with the administration and processing of complaints submitted to the Committee on Publication Ethics in a freelance capacity.

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

Meghan Byrne

Senior Editor, Team Manager

Meghan has a background in microbiology, molecular biology, and cell biology research, as well as in medical writing. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Williams College and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Francisco, where she investigated how cells sense and adapt to changing environmental conditions. She then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, studying the cell biology and diversity of magnetotactic bacteria. Before joining PLOS, Meghan worked as a medical writer at Motive Medical Intelligence (formerly newMentor), a medical information services company. She began working at PLOS ONE in 2012 as an Associate Editor and is happy to be able to make a contribution to the Open Access movement.

Yann Benetreau

Associate 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

Associate Editor

Vanessa earned an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. She 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. Her research focused on the encoding of complex sounds in auditory cortex and the ways that modulating attention can change the sensory code. She 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.

Deanne Dunbar

Associate Editor

Deanne grew up in Pennsylvania and earned BA degrees in English and Studio Art at Allegheny College. She earned an MA degree in the History of Medicine and an MA and PhD in Anthropology at Emory University. Her dissertation utilized extended fieldwork among unstably housed individuals in Atlanta to examine the health impacts of housing insecurity and the human faculties for adapting to life stress. Deanne has expertise in evolutionary biology, physiology, public health, medicine, and the social and behavioral sciences. She joined PLOS ONE in 2017 and is excited to promote the Open Access movement because it connects the public to sound scientific research.

George Vousden

Associate Editor

George studied Psychology at the University of Leeds before undertaking a Master’s degree in Systems Neuroscience at the University of Bristol. He then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral work evaluated novel approaches to manipulate memories relevant to neuropsychiatric disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction. It was during this time that George became interested in improving the reproducibility of scientific research. George’s postdoctoral work investigated causes and risk factors of excessive checking, using a novel rodent model of this behavior. He joined PLOS ONE in 2017.


Cancer and Medicine

Emily Chenette

Senior Editor, Team Manager

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.

Artur Arikainen

Associate Editor

Artur studied biochemistry during his undergraduate years at the University of Bristol, before moving to the University of Cambridge to pursue an MPhil in Infection and Immunity, and a PhD in Virology. Prior to joining PLOS, he worked in medical communication. Artur joined the PLOS ONE editorial team in 2018.

Nancy Beam

Associate Editor

Nancy has Masters’ degrees in Public Health (University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill) and Nursing (Columbia University). She earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. For her dissertation, she conducted a discrete choice experiment in rural Ethiopia to determine childbirth service preferences of couples. In between studying, Nancy has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, trained refugee community health workers in East and Central Africa, created a pharmacy system for nurses to distribute HIV medications in Rwanda, and worked as a nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner, specializing in HIV and reproductive health care. Nancy is excited to be part of the Open Access movement to advance scientific solutions worldwide.

Anna Simonin

Senior Editor

Anna received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University and then earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in Microbial Biology. Her main focus was understanding the influences of hyphal fusion on nuclear and nutrient translocation in filamentous fungi, using molecular and cell biology techniques to answer ecological questions. After graduate school she became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Sydney where she studied ericoid and ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in Australian bushlands. Her interest in scientific communications led her to freelance medical writing and then to PLOS ONE.


Cardiovascular and Public Health, Epidemiology, Sports Science

Sara Fuentes Pérez

Senior Editor, Team Manager


Sara grew up in the Basque Country. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Salamanca University. After a brief work placement at an environmental NGO in Greece, she moved to the UK where she obtained a MSc in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at University of East Anglia. Inspired by lectures on the genetics of plant breeding, Sara then joined Lars Ostergaard’s lab to complete a PhD in the genetic and hormonal regulation of parthenocarpic fruit development. During her postdoctoral research work on sexual antagonism in fruit flies at University College London, Sara became interested in scientific publishing which led her to work as a freelance scientific copy editor. Before joining PLOS in November 2015, Sara worked as an Editorial Project Manager at a medical communications company.

Jenna Quinto

Senior Editor

Jenna grew up in Oregon and received an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from Oregon State University. She completed her PhD in Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and spent the last year of her graduate research working at The Gladstone Institutes. Jenna has scientific expertise in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, and bioprocess engineering. She has always had a strong interest in communication and worked as a graduate reviewer for Georgia Institute of Technology’s undergraduate research journal The Tower. Jenna joined PLOS ONE in 2016. She is excited to merge her engineering background with the field of scholarly publishing to advocate for scientists and the open communication of research.

Carmen Melatti

Associate Editor

After receiving her MSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology in Rome, Carmen had the opportunity to work on rodent malaria at the Institut Pasteur of Paris. There, she developed an interest in parasite biology, and flew to Scotland to obtain a PhD in Molecular Parasitology in the University of Glasgow in 2018. During her PhD, she became aware of the numerous challenges and opportunities which today face the scientific publishing world, and decided to pursue a career as an editor, joining PLOS ONE in December 2018.

Dario Ummarino

Associate Editor


Dario received his BSc and MSc degrees in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Naples. His MSc thesis focused on cardiac differentiation of embryonic stem cells. In 2011, he moved to London, to undertake a PhD in Cardiovascular Biology at the BHF Centre of Excellence at King’s College, where he studied the mesenchymal transdifferentiation of human endothelial cells. Before joining PLOS ONE in 2018, he worked at Nature Reviews Cardiology and Nature Reviews Rheumatology as an Assistant Editor.


Life Sciences

Alejandra Clark

Senior Editor, Team Manager

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.

Eileen Clancy

Senior Editor

Eileen was born and raised in Canada where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Guelph. Enthralled with the world of virology, Eileen continued her education with a PhD from Dalhousie University before making the move to the Bay Area for a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. While pursuing her research interests in RNA virology and virus-host interactions, Eileen also became increasingly interested in how we communicate science and joined PLOS in 2014.

Jamie Males

Associate Editor

Jamie received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, where he became especially fascinated by plant ecophysiology, before undertaking a PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research focussed on the evolutionary physiology and ecology of one of the largest families of tropical plants. He has extensive experience of fieldwork in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Australia, and has participated in a range of science education and outreach initiatives. Through interacting with researchers in the developing world, Jamie developed an interest in science communication and the opportunities of Open Access publishing, leading him to join PLOS ONE in June 2017.


Nicola Stead

Senior Editor

Nicola received her undergraduate Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Bath, with a research project at Dartmouth College, investigating cell cycle regulation in budding yeast. After a brief period as a Research Assistant working on sweet taste receptors and artificial sweeteners, she moved to the Babraham Institute to work on chromatin biology, receiving her PhD from the University of Cambridge, in 2012. Having always been interested in science communication and publishing, she then undertook an internship with the Journal of Experimental Biology before joining PLOS ONE in 2013.


Miquel Vall-llosera Camps

Associate 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.


Physical Sciences and Engineering

Carla Pegoraro

Acting 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.

Leonie Mueck

Division Editor

Leonie studied chemistry at the University of Marburg and at St Petersburg State University specializing in computational chemistry. She undertook her doctoral work in Theoretical Quantum Chemistry at the University of Mainz, graduating with highest honors in 2013. Cofounding a student-led journal for negative and null results, she became interested in publishing and the Open Access movement. After graduation, she joined what is now Springer Nature to work as a manuscript editor for Nature Communications and moved to Nature in 2014 where she handled manuscripts from fundamental physics. In 2016, she became team leader of Nature’s physics and astronomy team. Leonie joined PLOS ONE in August 2017.

Victoria Black

Associate Editor

Vicky studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, specializing in geology, with a focus on the softer side of rocks (geochemistry, climate, and paleontology). She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014, investigating carbonate-hosted proxies for the marine sulfur cycle, and carbon-sulfur cycle dynamics over the past 66 million years. She then continued in Cambridge for a postdoctoral position, working on trace element isotope geochemistry and the analysis of Neodymium and Lead by mass spectrometry. Vicky became interested in science communication while doing science outreach to schools when working as a shipboard scientist on the JOIDES Resolution. She is a passionate advocate for Open Access publishing, leading her to join PLOS ONE in August 2017.

Joseph Donlan

Associate Editor

After growing up in the north east of England, Joe started his scientific career by studying for a BA and MSci in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in chemistry. He then moved on the University of Oxford to study for a PhD in the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, supervised by Prof Carol Robinson, where his research focused on characterising membrane protein-lipid interactions by mass spectrometry. During his PhD, Joe became interested in the world of scientific publishing, and in particular in how the process of publishing scientific research could be improved for the benefit of researchers and the wider public. He joined PLOS in 2019.

Hanna Landenmark

Associate 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.


Publication Ethics

Renee Hoch

Senior Editor, Team Manager

Renee received a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, after which she pursued pre-doctoral research opportunities in developmental biology, cancer biology, and microbiology before attending graduate school. She earned a PhD from the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and then returned to the Bay Area to do postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco. In her doctoral and postdoctoral research, Renee used mouse genetics to study cell-cell signaling mechanisms and gene regulation during mammalian development, first looking broadly at embryogenesis and then focusing on forebrain development. In early 2014, Renee transitioned away from the bench and joined PLOS ONE, eager to pursue her longstanding interests in publishing, policy, and ethics. In addition to other editorial responsibilities, Renee plays a lead role in addressing publication ethics concerns that are raised to the journal.

Sarah Bangs

Senior Editor

Sarah studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, eventually choosing to specialize in virology and immunology. She went on to earn a Doctorate at the University of Oxford Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. There she worked with Xiaoning Xu and Andrew McMichael to investigate mechanisms and consequences of activation of bystander T cells during immune responses. She then relocated to California and simultaneously made the transition out of the lab and into scientific writing and editing, taking up a position in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She was fortunate to join UCSF as the National Institute of Health Public Access Policy was coming into effect for annual grant reporting, and she soon developed an interest in the Open Access movement. She joined PLOS ONE in February 2011 and has worked on editorial screening of manuscripts, animal research reporting and ethics, and issues around research integrity and publication ethics.

Adya Misra

Senior Editor

Adya comes from a family of doctors, so it was natural for her to be interested in human biology and disease. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Genetics followed by a Master’s in Medical Genetics at Newcastle University, to pursue her interest in genetic disorders. Inspired by rare genetic disease and complex clinical situations, she completed her PhD in Mitochondrial DNA Disease at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, which was followed by a postdoctoral position at the Karolinska Institute focusing on mouse models of mitochondrial dysfunction. Since she was working with a rare group of genetic diseases, Adya became involved in various aspects of scientific communication, specifically engaging with the public to increase awareness of mitochondrial genetics. Before joining PLOS ONE, she briefly worked at the Institute for Cancer Research within cancer genetics. Adya became progressively more interested in publishing ethics, policy, and the Open Access movement during her research training which led to her position at PLOS.