Our Editors

Pauline Addis, MSc, PhD

Pic Dr Pauline Addis loves science and good communication. She obtained her BSc  (Hons) from Imperial in 2003 and her MSc from UWE in 2007, for which she was  awarded the Dodson & Horrell trophy for top student. She then undertook her  PhD at Newcastle University in equine biomechanics, investigating how the  changing mechanical properties of tendon with age affect horse’s gait. The PhD led  to several publications and presentations at international conferences, as well as a  deep understanding of anatomy, physiology and how best to gain the co-operation of an excitable foal. After graduating in 2012, she stayed at Newcastle, switching from horses to humans, and is now involved in demonstrating the impact of medical research. She works with researchers in all areas, from fundamental biology to public health, via cancer research, genetics and neuroscience, and therefore has an enviably broad understanding of a whole range of medical research. Pauline is skilled in all aspects of science communication, from grant writing to the final publication. She continues to act as a peer reviewer for publications such as the Journal of Experimental Biology and greatly values clear, concise manuscripts.

Elliot Friedman, PhD

EF Dr. Elliot Friedman received his doctoral degree from Cornell University, where he  studied the role of dissimilatory metal-reducing bacteria in biogeochemical cycles. He  has also worked extensively in environmental engineering, microbial ecology, and the  gut microbiome. He has published in a range of journals, presented at numerous  conferences, and has a wide range of expertise in microbiology, engineering, and  translational research.

Dr Rupsha Fraser, PhD

Rupsha Dr Rupsha Fraser received a PhD in  Reproductive Immunology and Cell  Biology from  St. George’s Hospital Medical  School, University of London. After  completing her  doctoral studies, Rupsha  has carried out postdoctoral research in  both reproductive  medicine and cancer  immunotherapy. She has a keen interest in embryology and  fertility, having had further training in the reproductive field by being selected for the  world-renowned ‘Frontiers in Reproduction’ programme in Wood Hole, MA, USA, and  also having completed a postgraduate certificate programme in Clinical Embryology. She has published her own work and has considerable experience of editing articles in the fields of cell and molecular biology, immunology, embryology, reproductive biology, women’s health, cardiovascular biology and oncology.

Dr Rachel Brown, BA, PhD

Dr Rachel Brown received her BA in Biology from Williams College, and her PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, where her dissertation focused on enzymatic and non-enzymatic neurosteroid synthesis in human brain during oxidative stress. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, her research interests focused on the integrity and function of the blood-brain barrier in health and disease. Dr Brown has published over 30 papers in a number of high ranked journals, and has served as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology, Brain Research, Life Science, Peptides, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, and Journal of Neuroendocrinology. She has a wide range of expertise in cell and molecular biology, drug delivery and pharmaceutics, and in vitro models.

Dr Steph Gardham, BSc, PhD

Steph_GardhamDr Stephanie Gardham graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Nottingham, prior to completing an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management (gaining distinction) at King’s College London. She has since completed a PhD in environmental science (aquatic ecotoxicology) at Macquarie University, in Australia, and has worked for over 2 years in environmental consultancies. Stephanie has produced four academic research papers for peer-reviewed journals, several abstracts for oral presentations, grant applications, proposals and multiple environmental reports. Stephanie currently works full-time as a freelance scientific editor, with a focus on editing manuscripts by authors whose first language is not English. She has expertise in ecotoxicology, biodiversity assessments, environmental science, aquatic/marine science, ecology and climate modelling. Stephanie is a Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Dr Julia Archbold, BSc, PhD, Grad Cert

JuliaArchboldDr Julia Archbold has a BSc in biomedical science from the University of Queensland (UQ) and a PhD in the field of structural immunology from Monash University. She also has a Graduate Certificate in editing and publishing from the University of Southern Queensland. Julia has over 14 years experience as a biomedical researcher, working in both industry and academic sectors. Throughout her research career, Julia published numerous research articles and informal blog posts. After leaving the bench, she became the Publications and Science Communications Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (UQ), and has a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. Julia is now a full-time freelance science writer and editor. She is passionate about clear, concise, and correct science communication. Her areas of speciality include immunology, biochemistry, structural biology, protein crystallography, cancer, cell biology, pharmacology and drug discovery. She has experience editing manuscripts, grant proposals and theses. Julia is based in Brisbane, Australia and enjoys running, reading, and drinking coffee.

Dr. Jaya Vas, PhD

Dr. Vas received her doctoral degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, where she studied the role of iNKT cells in heavy metal-induced autoimmunity. Subsequently, she completed a four-year postdoctoral stint at UCSD and NYU, where she studied the role of a natural anti-apoptotic cell IgM in systemic autoimmune disease. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Immunology, Arthritis & Rheumatism, and PNAS. While on sabbatical in India, she was hired as the Assistant Managing Editor for an international editing company, and gained experience editing manuscripts in a range of subject areas, including immunology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, structural biology, genetics, virology, microbiology, and biotechnology. She started freelance editing after the birth of her daughter, and has had extensive experience in working with manuscripts authored by non-native English speakers.

Dr Patrick Logan, MSc, PhD

Dr. Patrick Logan completed his BSc in Biology from Queen’s University before attending McGill University for a Masters and PhD degree in Pathology. During his PhD, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Concordia University. In addition to penning more than 20 of his own papers in various peer-reviewed journals, he has also edited over 500 manuscripts from international authors from around the globe. Patrick has also written numerous articles, white papers, and slide decks for physicians, researchers, and executives from disciplines ranging from economics to paleontology. Although versed in most life science and medical disciplines, Dr. Logan’s specialities are ophthalmology and pathology. In his spare time, Patrick likes to run, play hockey, and write everything from children’s picture books to novels.

Dr Darragh Crotty, PhD

DarraghPic1Dr Darragh Crotty received a Joint Honours BSc (1.1) in Pharmacology and Chemistry from University College Dublin and went on to obtain a PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin. During his PhD and subsequent two years of post-doctoral research, his work spanned a broad range of topics, including cell biology, enzymology, spin biochemistry, bioelectromagnetics, micro/nano-sensors, neuroscience, nanotoxicology and nanomedicine. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, including a first-authored paper in PNAS, and, for the past few years, he has worked freelance in science communication. Editing manuscripts for those with English as a second language is a significant component of this work.

Dr James Allen, PhD

Dr. Allen

Dr James Allen is an experienced biochemist who headed a research group in the  Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK, from 2006–2011. His  research spanned mitochondria, biophysics, enzymology, parasitology,  microbiology,  bioinorganic chemistry, bioenergetics, evolution, structural biology  and cell biology.  Dr Allen has published over 40 papers in international journals,  most as a principal  author, and has peer reviewed extensively. James took his first  degree in Chemistry  at Oxford then undertook a DPhil, also at Oxford, on the  structure-function relationship of an intricate bacterial respiratory enzyme. He did postdoctoral work on cytochrome assembly in bacteria, before being awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to investigate mitochondrial biogenesis in trypanosome parasites. Dr Allen’s technical expertise includes a wide range of biochemical, biophysical and genetic approaches, including bacterial and eukaryotic genetics and molecular biology; protein chemistry; protein purification; enzymology; enzyme kinetics (rapid reaction and steady state); absorption and other spectroscopies; protein-protein interaction methods; electrochemistry and bioinformatics.

Dr Dean Rea, BSc, PhD

Dean_ReaDr Dean Rea obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of East Anglia. This included an intercalated year conducting synthetic organic chemistry research within the Medicinal Chemistry Department at GlaxoSmithKline, followed by a PhD in Structural Biology within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. His PhD focused on structure-function relationships in peptidase enzymes, and primarily involved protein crystallography, enzymology, and molecular biology. He has since studied the structure and function of peptidases, plant circadian clock proteins, microbial aromatic degradation enzymes, carotenoid dioxygenases, and microbial transcriptional repressors, during an ongoing research career spanning over 12 years. Dean has co-authored numerous research papers, many as first author, and now applies his broad knowledge of the Life Sciences to scientific editing and proofreading.

Dr Shelly Lachish, BSc, PhD

Dr Shelly Lachish graduated with a first class BSc degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland (UQ) and a PhD in wildlife disease ecology awarded jointly through UQ and the University of Tasmania. For the past decade she has worked as a research academic in Australia and in Oxford specialising in wildlife disease ecology, conservation and evolutionary ecology. She has published thirty research papers, reviews and book chapters. Shelly also works as a freelance editor, writer and blogger (http://thetravelaffair.net), and is skilled at editing research papers, theses, essays, funding applications, and web copy.

Dr Arshad Makhdum, MSc, PhD

Dr Arshad Makhdum obtained an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Greenwich. He went on to earn an MSc and PhD in clinical pharmacology from University College London (UCL). Postdoctoral studies in allergic disease took him to the position of Senior Research Fellow at UCL. He was then recruited to the Scripps Institute in San Diego (CA, USA), where he focused on exercise-induced asthma. He also taught physicians and surgeons the basic science underpinning allergic disease at this elite research centre. Dr Makhdum then returned to the UK and started a career in academic publishing, reaching the position of Publisher at Elsevier (Oxford, UK). Dr Makhdum has been a STM editor and medical writer for 15 years. He specializes in editing content from authors whose first language is not English. Dr Makhdum also has considerable expertise in what is required for an article to be accepted in a particular journal. His areas of specialization are internal medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, allergic disease (particularly asthma), clinical pharmacology, physiology and anatomy, molecular biology and chemistry.

Sangeeta Krishnan, MSc, BELS

Sangeeta Krishnan completed her MSc degree from the University of Mumbai, Maharashtra, where she conducted research into bacterial pectinase. Thereafter, she worked in a small team that reviewed data for oncology clinical trials. She has been involved in the clinical trials of several anticancer drugs, notably SUTENT (sutinib malate). During this time, she gained considerable experience in the area of clinical trials. She started editing full-time in 2007, and received her editing certification (Editor in the Life Sciences) from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (www.bels.org) in 2009. She has accumulated years of experience in editing journal articles, PhD theses, and web content. She also has considerable experience in editing papers by authors whose first language is not English. Her areas of expertise include oncology, cell biology, clinical trials, reproductive biology, genetics, microbiology, environmental sciences, molecular biology, and biotechnology.

Dr Rebecca Ramsden, MBiol degree, PhD

Dr Rebecca Ramsden graduated from the University of Bath with an MBiol degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then completed a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Bristol, for which she investigated glutamate receptor trafficking in hippocampal neurons exposed to ischemia. She perfected a number of techniques during her PhD, including electrophysiology, fluorescence microscopy, cell culture, and western blotting, and her research was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She then worked for 5 years in a science communication role at the Society for Endocrinology in Bristol, where she wrote and edited press releases and patient information for their website. Her areas of expertise include neuroscience, endocrinology, cell biology, microbiology, and molecular medicine. Rebecca is now a freelance editor, focusing mainly on editing manuscripts by authors whose first language is not English, and is an Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Dr Robin Clugston, MSci (Hons, PhD)

Dr Robin Clugston earned a first class MSci (Hons) degree in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, Canada. In addition to his work as a freelance scientific editor, Robin is currently conducting postdoctoral research at Columbia University, New York, in the department of preventive medicine and nutrition. His main interest lies in lipid biology, with a particular focus on the metabolism of vitamin A. During his 10 years of biomedical research experience, Robin has published a number of peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading scientific journals. His editing experience extends to work on original scientific manuscripts, literature reviews, grant proposals and theses. His areas of expertise include biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, medical science, molecular biology and physiology.

Dr Ashley Rivenbark, PhD

Dr Ashley Rivenbark earned a PhD in toxicology at the University of the North Carolina School of Medicine studying breast cancer epigenetics. After obtaining her PhD, she further completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the same university funded by the American Cancer Society that focused on epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in human breast cancer. She has achieved an Excellence in Science award by the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) and has published >25 papers, reviews, and book chapters. She is currently a Scientific Advisor for the ASIP and a freelance scientific editor with deep experience in editing research papers, grant applications, and texts for scientists whose first language is not English.

Dr Josephine Kilner, PhD

JoKilner b&wDr Josephine Kilner has gained two doctorates, her first PhD was in Biophysics studying the structure of chromatin at the Synchrotron Radiation Source, Daresbury, UK; her second was at the University of Sheffield, modelling the relationship between small-chain fatty acids, dietary fibre and colorectal cancer. She also has an MSc in Human Nutrition at the Medical School in Sheffield. Her expertise covers a wide range of biomolecular and life sciences, particularly in relation to oncology. She has several first-author publications and continues to be active in research. Dr Kilner now works primarily as a freelance editor and advisor in manuscript preparation. She believes it is important to support researchers who are advancing medical science, especially those whose first language is not English. Outside her research career, she spends time volunteering to improve childhood nutrition in Cambodia – and loves being in the mountains with her dog.

Dr Andrew Desbois, PhD

Dr Andrew Desbois earned a PhD in marine microbiology at the University of St. Andrews. Since then, his studies have mainly focused on the discovery of new agents for treating infections caused by drug-resistant pathogens. Andrew’s previous work involved the isolation and identification of novel antimicrobial compounds from natural sources, including marine algae. Subsequently Andrew has been evaluating the efficacy of new anti-infective treatments containing combinations of natural products for treating diseases caused by various microbes, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In addition to a series of research papers, Andrew has also published topical review articles on antimicrobial fatty acids, marine-derived bioactive compounds, antifungal peptides and methods in anti-infective drug discovery and development.

Dr Andrea Devlin, BSc, PhD

Dr Andrea Devlin obtained a BSc in Applied Biochemical Sciences and PhD from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. During her PhD she investigated the factors that affect transcriptional regulation in human tumours. She has several years of post-doctoral research experience during which she published a number of journal publications on the translational control of protein expression and retinal angiogenesis. She has a wide range of expertise in molecular and cellular biology techniques, in vivo experimentation, clinical oncology and angiogenesis.

Dr Karen Bysouth, PhD

Dr Karen Bysouth obtained her first degree in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in immunology from Cambridge University, following research into approaches to immunomodulation in type I insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Karen has gained over 20 years of experience working as a research scientist for a major pharmaceutical company, during which she was involved in research that led to a number of publications. Her areas of expertise include cellular and molecular immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, clinical assay development and validation, the pharmaceutical industry and the drug discovery and licensing process. Karen is an Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Pauline Addis, MSc, PhD

Pic Dr Pauline Addis loves science and good communication. She obtained her BSc  (Hons) from Imperial in 2003 and her MSc from UWE in 2007, for which she was  awarded the Dodson & Horrell trophy for top student. She then undertook her  PhD at Newcastle University in equine biomechanics, investigating how the  changing mechanical properties of tendon with age affect horse’s gait. The PhD led  to several publications and presentations at international conferences, as well as a  deep understanding of anatomy, physiology and how best to gain the co-operation of an excitable foal. After graduating in 2012, she stayed at Newcastle, switching from horses to humans, and is now involved in demonstrating the impact of medical research. She works with researchers in all areas, from fundamental biology to public health, via cancer research, genetics and neuroscience, and therefore has an enviably broad understanding of a whole range of medical research. Pauline is skilled in all aspects of science communication, from grant writing to the final publication. She continues to act as a peer reviewer for publications such as the Journal of Experimental Biology and greatly values clear, concise manuscripts.

Elliot Friedman, PhD

EF Dr. Elliot Friedman received his doctoral degree from Cornell University, where he  studied the role of dissimilatory metal-reducing bacteria in biogeochemical cycles. He  has also worked extensively in environmental engineering, microbial ecology, and the  gut microbiome. He has published in a range of journals, presented at numerous  conferences, and has a wide range of expertise in microbiology, engineering, and  translational research.

Dr Rupsha Fraser, PhD

Rupsha Dr Rupsha Fraser received a PhD in  Reproductive Immunology and Cell  Biology from  St. George’s Hospital Medical  School, University of London. After  completing her  doctoral studies, Rupsha  has carried out postdoctoral research in  both reproductive  medicine and cancer  immunotherapy. She has a keen interest in embryology and  fertility, having had further training in the reproductive field by being selected for the  world-renowned ‘Frontiers in Reproduction’ programme in Wood Hole, MA, USA, and  also having completed a postgraduate certificate programme in Clinical Embryology. She has published her own work and has considerable experience of editing articles in the fields of cell and molecular biology, immunology, embryology, reproductive biology, women’s health, cardiovascular biology and oncology.

Dr Urvi Sheth, BDS

Dr Urvi Sheth completed her Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Dr DY Patil Dental College and University, Pune, India, before going on to work as a licensed dentist for 5 years at various hospitals and private clinics. Her love for the English language and expertise in medicine and dentistry attracted her toward a career in scientific and medical editing. She is now a biomedical science professional with over 5 years of experience as a dedicated scientific editor, particularly for non-native English speakers, and vast and varied experience in editing and formatting manuscripts and research articles intended for publication in reputed journals. Her roles at various editing companies include quality analyst and reviewer for a team of in-house copy editors, feedback consultant for freelance editors, and internal auditor for edited manuscripts prior to client delivery. She is now a full-time freelance scientific editor and proofreader.

Dr Julia Archbold, BSc, PhD, Grad Cert

JuliaArchboldDr Julia Archbold has a BSc in biomedical science from the University of Queensland (UQ) and a PhD in the field of structural immunology from Monash University. She also has a Graduate Certificate in editing and publishing from the University of Southern Queensland. Julia has over 14 years experience as a biomedical researcher, working in both industry and academic sectors. Throughout her research career, Julia published numerous research articles and informal blog posts. After leaving the bench, she became the Publications and Science Communications Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (UQ), and has a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. Julia is now a full-time freelance science writer and editor. She is passionate about clear, concise, and correct science communication. Her areas of speciality include immunology, biochemistry, structural biology, protein crystallography, cancer, cell biology, pharmacology and drug discovery. She has experience editing manuscripts, grant proposals and theses. Julia is based in Brisbane, Australia and enjoys running, reading, and drinking coffee.

Dr Patrick Logan, MSc, PhD

Dr. Patrick Logan completed his BSc in Biology from Queen’s University before attending McGill University for a Masters and PhD degree in Pathology. During his PhD, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Concordia University. In addition to penning more than 20 of his own papers in various peer-reviewed journals, he has also edited over 500 manuscripts from international authors from around the globe. Patrick has also written numerous articles, white papers, and slide decks for physicians, researchers, and executives from disciplines ranging from economics to paleontology. Although versed in most life science and medical disciplines, Dr. Logan’s specialities are ophthalmology and pathology. In his spare time, Patrick likes to run, play hockey, and write everything from children’s picture books to novels.

Dr James Allen, PhD

Dr. Allen

Dr James Allen is an experienced biochemist who headed a research group in the  Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK, from 2006–2011. His  research spanned mitochondria, biophysics, enzymology, parasitology,  microbiology,  bioinorganic chemistry, bioenergetics, evolution, structural biology  and cell biology.  Dr Allen has published over 40 papers in international journals,  most as a principal  author, and has peer reviewed extensively. James took his first  degree in Chemistry  at Oxford then undertook a DPhil, also at Oxford, on the  structure-function relationship of an intricate bacterial respiratory enzyme. He did postdoctoral work on cytochrome assembly in bacteria, before being awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to investigate mitochondrial biogenesis in trypanosome parasites. Dr Allen’s technical expertise includes a wide range of biochemical, biophysical and genetic approaches, including bacterial and eukaryotic genetics and molecular biology; protein chemistry; protein purification; enzymology; enzyme kinetics (rapid reaction and steady state); absorption and other spectroscopies; protein-protein interaction methods; electrochemistry and bioinformatics.

Dr Arshad Makhdum, MSc, PhD

Dr Arshad Makhdum obtained an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Greenwich. He went on to earn an MSc and PhD in clinical pharmacology from University College London (UCL). Postdoctoral studies in allergic disease took him to the position of Senior Research Fellow at UCL. He was then recruited to the Scripps Institute in San Diego (CA, USA), where he focused on exercise-induced asthma. He also taught physicians and surgeons the basic science underpinning allergic disease at this elite research centre. Dr Makhdum then returned to the UK and started a career in academic publishing, reaching the position of Publisher at Elsevier (Oxford, UK). Dr Makhdum has been a STM editor and medical writer for 15 years. He specializes in editing content from authors whose first language is not English. Dr Makhdum also has considerable expertise in what is required for an article to be accepted in a particular journal. His areas of specialization are internal medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, allergic disease (particularly asthma), clinical pharmacology, physiology and anatomy, molecular biology and chemistry.

Dr Natalie Morris, First class degree, MSc

Dr Natalie Morris earned a first class degree in Physiological Sciences at Oxford University, and completed her medical studies as a Clinical Scholar at the same university. She has worked as a surgeon for 5 years in the National Health Service, and has qualified for Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (England). This period included an honorary research fellowship to the Department of Paediatric Surgery in Melbourne, Australia. She has several publications as first author, written book chapters and has won two prizes for the best presentation at international conferences. She has edited over 2,000 medical and scientific manuscripts, and is an Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and the Council of Science Editors.

Dr Paz Etcheverry, MS, PhD

Dr Paz Etcheverry obtained her MS in Food Science and Nutrition from North Carolina State University and her PhD in Food Science and Technology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. When she was a postdoctoral associate at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), she focused her research efforts on mineral nutrition, especially on iron bioavailability as iron deficiency is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency in the world. Paz has published in high-impact journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, amongst others. She now focuses on teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level nutrition courses and enjoys being a freelance science editor and nutrition/medical writer. Her areas of expertise include food science, nutrition, public health, and biotechnology.

Dr Shalaka Talpade, MBBS

Dr Shalaka Talpade completed her MBBS from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Her particular clinical interest was rural health. She has participated in medical camps and government health initiatives for gynaecologic and obstetric health, infectious disease management, malaria and dengue prevention, flood relief and various immunization programs, especially polio prevention. She has been editing full-time since 2007 and has edited well over 500 academic papers for peer-reviewed journals. In 2008, she was certified an Editor in the Life Sciences by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, USA. As an in-house editor, she quickly rose through the ranks and was soon reviewing the work of her junior colleagues, developing training materials for in-house and freelance editors, and making recruitment decisions. She is currently interested in medical writing.

 

Dr Columba Quigley, MD, PhD

Dr Columba Quigley qualified in medicine in Ireland and earned an MD degree on the Clinical Pharmacology of Opioids at the University of London. She has written extensively on opioids, pain and symptom management, and evidence-based care. Following a career as Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Palliative Care, during which time she was also deputy editor of the Cochrane Collaboration Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Humanities at the London Consortium.

Dr Wendy AM Prosser, BA,

Dr Wendy AM Prosser obtained a BA in zoology from Saint Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. Her DPhil from the same college was in insect physiology. Dr Prosser taught zoology undergraduates at the University of Oxford before taking up a senior position at the Medicine Publishing Company (Abingdon, UK), which is now part of Elsevier Health Sciences. She left Elsevier in 2006, when she began a career as a freelance writer in science and medicine, as well as a STM editor. Dr Prosser has been a STM editor for 19 years and has expertise in editing content from authors whose first language is not English. Her specialist areas are internal medicine, surgery, zoology, entomology and cell biology.

Dr Ashley Rivenbark, PhD

Dr Ashley Rivenbark earned a PhD in toxicology at the University of the North Carolina School of Medicine studying breast cancer epigenetics. After obtaining her PhD, she further completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the same university funded by the American Cancer Society that focused on epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in human breast cancer. She has achieved an Excellence in Science award by the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) and has published >25 papers, reviews, and book chapters. She is currently a Scientific Advisor for the ASIP and a freelance scientific editor with deep experience in editing research papers, grant applications, and texts for scientists whose first language is not English.

Dr Andrea Devlin, BSc, PhD

Dr Andrea Devlin obtained a BSc in Applied Biochemical Sciences and PhD from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. During her PhD she investigated the factors that affect transcriptional regulation in human tumours. She has several years of post-doctoral research experience during which she published a number of journal publications on the translational control of protein expression and retinal angiogenesis. She has a wide range of expertise in molecular and cellular biology techniques, in vivo experimentation, clinical oncology and angiogenesis.

Dr Karen Bysouth, PhD

Dr Karen Bysouth obtained her first degree in biochemistry from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in immunology from Cambridge University, following research into approaches to immunomodulation in type I insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Karen has gained over 20 years of experience working as a research scientist for a major pharmaceutical company, during which she was involved in research that led to a number of publications. Her areas of expertise include cellular and molecular immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, clinical assay development and validation, the pharmaceutical industry and the drug discovery and licensing process. Karen is an Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Prabhu Mohapatra, PhD

Dr. Prabhu Mohapatra completed his PhD in Chemistry from Delhi University and postdoctoral studies from University of Akron, University of Florida, and Acadia University. He has written more than 30 papers in various peer-reviewed journals such as Science and Chemical Reviews. He has been awarded with five issued US patents. Since 2012, he has edited over 1000 manuscripts from international authors mainly based in China, Japan, and Korea. Although Dr. Mohapatra specializes in organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry, he has edited manuscripts in almost all fields of the Physical Sciences. In his spare time, he likes to run, watch movies, visit places, and engage in nature photography.

Dr Steph Gardham, BSc, PhD

Steph_GardhamDr Stephanie Gardham graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Nottingham, prior to completing an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management (gaining distinction) at King’s College London. She has since completed a PhD in environmental science (aquatic ecotoxicology) at Macquarie University, in Australia, and has worked for over 2 years in environmental consultancies. Stephanie has produced four academic research papers for peer-reviewed journals, several abstracts for oral presentations, grant applications, proposals and multiple environmental reports. Stephanie currently works full-time as a freelance scientific editor, with a focus on editing manuscripts by authors whose first language is not English. She has expertise in ecotoxicology, biodiversity assessments, environmental science, aquatic/marine science, ecology and climate modelling. Stephanie is a Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Dr Alison McGonagle, MSCi, PhD

Dr Alison McGonagle has worked in both academia and industry and has a wide range of experience in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. Alison obtained an MSci in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, and went on to complete a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Leeds. She then carried out post-doctoral research in CSIRO, Melbourne before returning to the UK to take up a position as a Synthetic Organic Chemist at Peakdale Molecular. Alison currently works as a Senior Medicinal Chemist in the Drug Discovery Unit at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. Her work involves the design and synthesis of small molecule inhibitors for novel oncology targets.

Dr Julia Archbold, BSc, PhD, Grad Cert

JuliaArchboldDr Julia Archbold has a BSc in biomedical science from the University of Queensland (UQ) and a PhD in the field of structural immunology from Monash University. She also has a Graduate Certificate in editing and publishing from the University of Southern Queensland. Julia has over 14 years experience as a biomedical researcher, working in both industry and academic sectors. Throughout her research career, Julia published numerous research articles and informal blog posts. After leaving the bench, she became the Publications and Science Communications Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (UQ), and has a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. Julia is now a full-time freelance science writer and editor. She is passionate about clear, concise, and correct science communication. Her areas of speciality include immunology, biochemistry, structural biology, protein crystallography, cancer, cell biology, pharmacology and drug discovery. She has experience editing manuscripts, grant proposals and theses. Julia is based in Brisbane, Australia and enjoys running, reading, and drinking coffee.

Dr Laura Hamm, PhD

Dr Laura Hamm received her PhD in biogeochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her dissertation covered the role of proteins and other biomolecules in calcium carbonate biomineralisation. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in geochemistry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she utilized molecular dynamics and spectroscopy to study solution structure and dynamics at mineral surfaces. Dr Hamm is a first and co-author on a number of scientific publications and book chapters in a variety of fields including chemistry, materials science, geobiology and geoscience. Prior to completing her doctorate, she worked as a research associate in organic chemistry, environmental chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Dr Hamm currently works as a freelance scientific analyst and editor, helping scientists in academia and industry make sense of large data sets and effectively communicate their results.

Dr Lois Bradnam, PhD

Dr Lois Bradnam obtained her first-class honours degree in chemistry with medicinal chemistry from the University of Southampton and a PhD in chemical biology from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied micro- and nanoscale polymeric drug delivery approaches in vitro and in vivo, as well as gene silencing in stem cells. After her PhD, Lois went on to work as a Journal Development Editor at BioMed Central before joining the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Publishing Editor. She then took up the role of Senior Production Controller for Books at the Royal Society of Chemistry, which involves overseeing the entire publication process for books published within the Royal Society of Chemistry portfolio. Her areas of expertise include medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, flow cytometry, in vitro and in vivo pharmaceutical studies, clinical studies and herbal medicine. Lois is a qualified Naturopath and Medical Herbalist and a Member of the Association of Master Herbalists. She is also an Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Dr Darragh Crotty, PhD

DarraghPic1Dr Darragh Crotty received a Joint Honours BSc (1.1) in Pharmacology and Chemistry from University College Dublin and went on to obtain a PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin. During his PhD and subsequent two years of post-doctoral research, his work spanned a broad range of topics, including cell biology, enzymology, spin biochemistry, bioelectromagnetics, micro/nano-sensors, neuroscience, nanotoxicology and nanomedicine. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, including a first-authored paper in PNAS, and, for the past few years, he has worked freelance in science communication. Editing manuscripts for those with English as a second language is a significant component of this work.

Dr Yalda Javadi, PhD

Yalda Dr Yalda Javadi obtained her PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, in the  Department of Chemistry, conducting research specifically in protein biophysics.  Her first postdoctoral post was at Columbia University, New York, USA, where she  used single molecule force spectroscopy to study the aetiology of certain  neurodegenerative diseases. She is currently serving her second postdoctoral  position at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she specialises in engineering protein based nanomaterials. During her 8 years of research experience, she has published a number of peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading scientific journals. Her areas of expertise include biophysics, nanomaterials, biotechnology, nanotechnology and protein chemistry. Alongside her research, Yalda works as a freelance scientific editor, and is founder and editor for Ionic Magazine: an online magazine that incorporates scientific discoveries with artistic interpretations.

Dr Jenny Gimpel, BSc, PhD

Dr Jenny Gimpel earned a BSc in environmental chemistry at the University of Edinburgh before going on to complete a PhD in trace metal speciation at the University of Lancaster. As well as publishing papers on her research, Jenny has written for Defra’s Landscape magazine, the Society for Experimental Biology Bulletin, the BBC Human Mind series and the Financial Times. After securing a postgraduate diploma in journalism at City University, Jenny went on to become European News Editor at www.edie.net, then a PR manager at University College London before making the move to work as a freelance writer, editor and PR consultant. She currently works for a number of clients, including the Environment Agency.

Melanie Hanvey, BSc, MSc

Melanie Hanvey obtained a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London, a Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck University and a MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. She was the onboard research coordinator for a global voyage of M/V Oceanic II, during which she was involved in research that led to the co-authorship of manuscripts published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals. She went on to work as a copy editor for the Nature Publishing Group for nearly 4 years, working across all of the Nature Physical Science Research Journals titles, including the launch of a new title. She is now a freelance science copy editor and proofreader, specialising in providing scientific editing services for authors whose first language is not English. Her areas of expertise include earth and environmental sciences (particularly geoscience, oceanography, marine ecology and climate change), chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science. Melanie is an Associate of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Dr Reetta Saikku, BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Reetta Saikku received her Bachelor’s degree in ocean science from the University of Plymouth and a Master’s degree in oceanography from the University of Southampton, followed by a PhD in Geological Sciences – Paleoclimatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her studies investigated climate change in the western tropical Pacific during the Last Glacial period. After postdoctoral work at Loyola Marymount University in climate research and regional climate modeling, Reetta went on to become the handling editor for manuscripts in ecology, paleontology, earth and environmental sciences at Nature Communications. Presently Reetta is working as a freelance editor, writer, and consultant for a number of clients in fields related to ecology, earth and environmental sciences.

Dr Shelly Lachish, BSc, PhD

Dr Shelly Lachish graduated with a first class BSc degree in Zoology from the University of Queensland (UQ) and a PhD in wildlife disease ecology awarded jointly through UQ and the University of Tasmania. For the past decade she has worked as a research academic in Australia and in Oxford specialising in wildlife disease ecology, conservation and evolutionary ecology. She has published thirty research papers, reviews and book chapters. Shelly also works as a freelance editor, writer and blogger (http://thetravelaffair.net), and is skilled at editing research papers, theses, essays, funding applications, and web copy.

Dr Arshad Makhdum, MSc, PhD

Dr Arshad Makhdum obtained an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Greenwich. He went on to earn an MSc and PhD in clinical pharmacology from University College London (UCL). Postdoctoral studies in allergic disease took him to the position of Senior Research Fellow at UCL. He was then recruited to the Scripps Institute in San Diego (CA, USA), where he focused on exercise-induced asthma. He also taught physicians and surgeons the basic science underpinning allergic disease at this elite research centre. Dr Makhdum then returned to the UK and started a career in academic publishing, reaching the position of Publisher at Elsevier (Oxford, UK). Dr Makhdum has been a STM editor and medical writer for 15 years. He specializes in editing content from authors whose first language is not English. Dr Makhdum also has considerable expertise in what is required for an article to be accepted in a particular journal. His areas of specialization are internal medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, allergic disease (particularly asthma), clinical pharmacology, physiology and anatomy, molecular biology and chemistry.

Dr Josephine Kilner, PhD

JoKilner b&wDr Josephine Kilner has gained two doctorates, her first PhD was in Biophysics studying the structure of chromatin at the Synchrotron Radiation Source, Daresbury, UK; her second was at the University of Sheffield, modelling the relationship between small-chain fatty acids, dietary fibre and colorectal cancer. She also has an MSc in Human Nutrition at the Medical School in Sheffield. Her expertise covers a wide range of biomolecular and life sciences, particularly in relation to oncology. She has several first-author publications and continues to be active in research. Dr Kilner now works primarily as a freelance editor and advisor in manuscript preparation. She believes it is important to support researchers who are advancing medical science, especially those whose first language is not English. Outside her research career, she spends time volunteering to improve childhood nutrition in Cambodia – and loves being in the mountains with her dog.

Dr Dean Rea, BSc, PhD

Dean_ReaDr Dean Rea obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of East Anglia. This included an intercalated year conducting synthetic organic chemistry research within the Medicinal Chemistry Department at GlaxoSmithKline, followed by a PhD in Structural Biology within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. His PhD focused on structure-function relationships in peptidase enzymes, and primarily involved protein crystallography, enzymology, and molecular biology. He has since studied the structure and function of peptidases, plant circadian clock proteins, microbial aromatic degradation enzymes, carotenoid dioxygenases, and microbial transcriptional repressors, during an ongoing research career spanning over 12 years. Dean has co-authored numerous research papers, many as first author, and now applies his broad knowledge of the Life Sciences to scientific editing and proofreading.

Dr Jennifer Lockhart, BA, PhD

Jen L._page1_image1Dr Jennifer Lockhart earned a BA degree at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in plant developmental genetics at the University of Maryland. She went on to develop plant transformation systems for a variety of plant species at several agricultural biotechnology companies. She loves learning whatever she can about plants and has edited hundreds of scientific manuscripts for non-native English speakers. In addition, she serves as a Science Editor for The Plant Cell. Her areas of expertise include plant biology, developmental biology, molecular biology and genetics.

Dr Andrew Desbois, PhD

Dr Andrew Desbois earned a PhD in marine microbiology at the University of St. Andrews. Since then, his studies have mainly focused on the discovery of new agents for treating infections caused by drug-resistant pathogens. Andrew’s previous work involved the isolation and identification of novel antimicrobial compounds from natural sources, including marine algae. Subsequently Andrew has been evaluating the efficacy of new anti-infective treatments containing combinations of natural products for treating diseases caused by various microbes, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In addition to a series of research papers, Andrew has also published topical review articles on antimicrobial fatty acids, marine-derived bioactive compounds, antifungal peptides and methods in anti-infective drug discovery and development.

Dr Louise Venables, PhD, MSc, BSc/BA (Hons)

Dr Louise Venables obtained a PhD in Psychology & Psychophysiology at Liverpool John Moores University, an MSc (distinction) in Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience at the University of Liverpool, and a BSc/BA (Hons) in Psychology with Philosophy at the University of Sunderland. She has several years of experience as an academic researcher, which involved the use of ERP, fMRI, MEG and psychophysiological measures. She has published a number of articles relating to cognitive neuroscience (memory, anxiety), neurofeedback, mood and mental effort and biocybernetics. She has also worked as a chartered psychologist, providing both assessment and therapy. She currently works as freelance copyeditor and certified proofreader specialising in the editing of academic texts. Her present work comprises the copyediting of medical journal manuscripts and scientific papers for non-native English speakers (in both UK and US English), and the proofreading of humanities articles. Her specialist areas include psychology, neuroscience, laryngology and otology, and the humanities.

 

Dr Kevin J. Flannelly, PhD, MS

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Dr Kevin J. Flannelly received his MS in Psychology from Rutgers University and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Hawaii. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in 60 different journals in medicine, neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, and other social science and healthcare fields. His published psychological studies include research on clinical, cognitive, comparative, developmental, and physiological psychology, and psychopharmacology. In addition to his original research, Dr Flannelly has published numerous systematic, theoretical, and methodological reviews of research in medicine, nursing, psychology, and related fields. He has served on the editorial board of various journals and has been a peer-reviewer for three dozen scientific journals during the past 40 years. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy (Routledge) since 2008, and he is currently a Senior Researcher at the Center for Psychosocial Research in Long Island, New York.

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