Emma Hedington

Senior Marketing Manager, Nature Research
Ben Libberton

Science Communicator, Freelance

I'm a freelance science communicator, formerly a Postdoc in the biofilm field. I'm interested in how bacteria cause disease and look to technology to produce novel tools to study and ultimately prevent infection.
Daniel Morse

PhD Student, Cardiff University

PhD student interested in oral biofilms; Candida associated biofilms and Candida-bacteria interactions, and modelling biofilm infection. Also interested in tissue engineering, immunology of and host cell responses to biofilm infection.
Nuno Filipe Azevedo

Researcher, Faculty of Engineering University of Porto

Nuno Azevedo obtained his degree in Biological Engineering in 2001 at the University of Minho (UMinho), Portugal. He then finished his PhD on Chemical and Microbial Technology in 2005 at the same institution. After holding a Post-doctoral position at the UMinho and the University of Southampton (UK) for 4 years, he started a Faculty Research Fellow position at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in June 2009. Nuno Azevedo’s main research interests are to understand the population dynamics in biofilms and explore the potential of peptide nucleic acids (PNA) and other nucleic acid mimics for the rapid localization and detection of microorganisms.
Scott A Rice

Associate Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

A/Prof. Rice’s research programme is centered on how and why bacteria form matrix encased biofilms. The goal of such research is to define the molecular pathways that control the biofilm life-cycle, with a particular interest in those processes that regulate the switch between planktonic and biofilm growth. Such knowledge can be used to manipulate the biofilm in a directed fashion to either encourage or discourage biofilm formation as needed. His group works on a variety of biofilm systems, ranging from single species populations to increasingly more complex multispecies systems, which are more representative of natural biofilms. Current projects include the continued development and investigation of a simple three species biofilm consortia, focusing on the mechanisms and consequences of microbial interactions. He is also keenly interested in how bacteriophage may contribute to the development of biofilms, as opposed to their role as killing agents. Predation is a primary environmental factor responsible for the killing of bacteria and A/Prof. Rice is investigating how bacteria respond to predators. Another aspect of his research focuses on the application of nitric oxide, a bacterial signal, to control biofilm formation for medical and industrial applications.
Staffan Jan Normark

Senior Professor, Karolinska Institutet

Senior Professor of Medical Microbiology at Karolinska Institutet. Performing pioneering work on genetic engineering, molecular biology, and microbial pathogenesis, since the 1970s. Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since July 2010.
Akos T Kovacs

Professor of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Bioengineering

07/2017 - Professor of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, DTU Denmark 10/2012-07/2017 Group Leader, FSU Jena, Germany 07/2005-07-2012 Post Doc, University Groningen, The Netherlands (w/ Oscar Kuipers) 09/2003-05/2005 Post Doc, Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary (w/ Kornel Kovacs) 09/2000-09/2003 PhD fellow, University of Szeged, Hungary (w/ Kornel Kovacs) 09/1995-07/2000 BSc/MSc student, University of Szeged, Hungary
Mithu Lucraft

Marketing Director, Outreach and Open Research , Springer Nature

I'm lucky enough to manage a fantastic marketing team at Springer Nature who bring together market insights with market development to promote all our open products and services – books, journals and data
Sharon Longford

Communications Manager, SCELSE

Nicolas Fanget

Associate Editor, Springer Nature

I am a microbiologist by training, but I manage a portfolio of varied journals. The ones most relevant to this Community are npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, npj Clean Water, npj Science of Food, npj Systems Biology and Applications and npj Vaccines. Full list of my journals in my LinkedIn profile.
Elisabeth M. Bik

Science Editor, uBiome

After receiving my PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. From 2001-2016 I worked in the laboratory of David Relman at Stanford University, where I have worked on the characterization of human oral, gastric, and intestinal microbiotas, and that of marine mammals. In 2016 I joined uBiome where we allow citizen scientists to sequence their microbiome. I also run Microbiome Digest, www.microbiomedigest.com, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field, tweet on Twitter as @MicrobiomDigest, and scan published papers for image manipulation.
Paul Bänziger

Publisher, Nature Partner Journals, Springer Nature

Jennifer Barrila

Assistant Research Professor , The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Richa Dandona

Partnerships and Operations Manager, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature, Nature Research, Springer Nature

I am a geneticist by training. Having done research using classical genetics and molecular biology in a variety of model organisms I left the bench to become an editor, first for Nature Reviews Genetics and then Nature. I have worked with the research community as an editor, in a variety of roles, for over 17 years
Stephen Richardson

Designer, Springer Nature

Jen Thoroughgood

Former Head of Communities, Springer Nature

I'm no longer with Springer Nature so please send your community-related queries to communities@nature.com. Thanks!
Jenefer Thoroughgood

Managing Director, Thoroughly Good Consulting

For nearly 20 years, I've worked in the digital media sector, with hands-on experience in editorial, marketing, sales and R&D. I'm passionate about engaging and understanding customers to develop great content and products. Formerly Chief Product & Customer Officer at Zapnito, I'm now an advisor to the company.

Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.
Ciaran O'Neill

Product Manager, Nature Publishing Group

Joe Bennett

Head of Publishing, Nature Research and BMC