Life Sciences

Our life sciences editors have been educated at the top universities in the world, and many have professorial or postdoctoral lab-based experience. They will provide you with the most excellent support. We have particular strengths in cancer research, genetics and microbiology.

Areas we cover

  • Microbiology
  • Immunity
  • Genetics
  • Cancer research
  • Molecular medicine
  • Cell biology
  • Ecology
  • Plant biology
  • Marine biology
  • Veterinary sciences
  • Parasitology
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Zoology

Our Life Sciences Editors

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 ( 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 Jenny Cattermole, PhD

Dr Jenny Cattermole obtained her first degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Immunochemistry from the University of Southampton, where she worked on human B lymphocyte development at the Tenovus Cancer Research Laboratory. She went on to gain a further 9 years of postdoctoral research experience in Immunology and Molecular Biology, at Auckland Medical School in New Zealand, Edinburgh University and Roslin Institute, and published a number of papers over her research career. She now works as a freelance science editor and proofreader, and has several years’ experience editing papers for submission to high profile journals, in particular for authors whose first language is not English. Her areas of expertise include immunology, molecular and cell biology and cancer research and she also has experience proofreading and editing papers in a wide variety of medical fields such as oncology, rheumatology and surgery, as well as theses and medical textbooks. Jenny is a Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

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