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Our Medical Editors

Dr James Allen, PhD

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 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 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

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.

Dr Shailesh Jain, PhD

Dr Shailesh Jain received his doctoral degree in Molecular Microbiology from the Ulster University, Northern Ireland. After pursuing postdoctoral research for a year at the University of Manchester, UK, Shailesh started his career in the publishing industry. He has published five academic research manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and has presented at several prestigious conferences. He currently works as a part-time freelance scientific editor, with a focus on editing manuscripts written by authors whose first language is not English. His areas of specialization include Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genomics, and Proteomics

Dr Emily Woodhouse, BSc, PhD

Dr Emily Woodhouse achieved a 1st class BSc in Human Physiology (2016) from the University of Leeds. She studied a range of topics to obtain a broad knowledge of the form and function of the human body, including cardiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, inherited diseases, reproduction, general medicine, and surgery. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the role of the α1A adrenergic receptor in heart failure.

Emily went on to study a PhD in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine at the University of Leeds funded by the British Heart Foundation, where she worked alongside specialist vascular surgeons. During her PhD, she investigated the Orai1 protein as a target to inhibit proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells, which is a key pathogenic mechanism of vascular remodelling in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

After realizing her passion for scientific writing, Emily obtained a professional proofreading and editing accreditation in 2018. Since completing her PhD in 2019, she has started her own limited company. Under Propter Calamus Ltd., which translates to “through the pen” in Latin, Emily provides editing and writing services to authors to help them publish impactful communications in international journals. She has achieved a number of editing awards and continues to expand her portfolio.


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