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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.

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


George Vousden

Division Editor

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. Initially a member of the Public Health and Medicine team, George later joined the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Neuroscience, Mental Health team, which he now leads. He is passionate about open science, reproducibility and preventing publication bias.

Vanessa Carels

Senior 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.

Yann Benetreau

Senior 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.

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.

Bradford Dubik

Associate Editor

Brad received an undergraduate degree in environmental policy from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University Marine Lab. In his dissertation, he used training in human geography, political ecology, and commodity studies to research the management of disease in global seafood production. He has also researched local and sustainable food systems and climate adaptation in the seafood industry. Prior to his academic training, Brad worked for the World Wildlife Fund and in the US EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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.

Nancy Beam

Senior 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.

Dario Ummarino

Senior 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.

Marianne Clemence

Associate 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.

Susan HeppSusan Hepp

Associate Editor


Susan obtained her bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, then went on to earn her PhD in microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused how baculovirus utilizes host actin for viral pathogenesis and replication. Before joining PLOS ONE Susan worked in the legal field on scientific innovations including cancer treatments, immunotherapies, vaccines, and drugs. Susan believes that science should be accessible to all, and has led multiple STEM education initiatives. Susan joined PLOS ONE in March 2020.

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.

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.

Jamie Males

Senior 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.

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.

Atul Udgata

Associate Editor

Atul received his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Delhi. Being fascinated with microbes and the human immune system, he undertook a PhD in innate immunity at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad. He moved to the UK in May 2016 to start a postdoc in the lab of Prof. Nick Gay at the University of Cambridge, studying the cooperation between TLRs and inflammasomes during inflammation. Atul joined PLOS ONE in April 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.


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.

Joseph Donlan

Senior 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.


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.


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.

Maria Zalm

Senior Editor

Maria studied molecular biology and genetics as an undergraduate degree at the University of Hertfordshire, before moving on to complete a Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine and a PhD in Biomolecular Science at the University of East Anglia. Her doctoral research focused on the structural and biochemical properties of periplasmic chaperones in Salmonella in response to envelope stress. During her PhD Maria realised she had a strong interest in scientific writing and science communication and took on the role of Editor for various BMC Series journals following the completion of her PhD in 2017. As Editor of several medical journals, Maria developed further interest in both Open Access publishing as well as research and publication ethics, and in November 2019 she joined the Publication Ethics team of PLOS ONE.