Early-career advisory group

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Early-career advisory group

  1. Yaw Bediako

    Yaw Bediako

    West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana, Ghana

    I am a research fellow at WACCBIP, where I am exploring how host-pathogen interactions uniquely shape the immune systems of individuals living in Africa, with important implications for both infectious and non-communicable diseases.

    I am interested in exploring how innovations in open access scientific communication including preprints, pre-review and preprint journal clubs could be used to improve equity in scientific communication, providing opportunities for resource-limited researchers to improve on the quality of their research outputs and help build sustainable research capacity in low and middle income countries.

    Joined ECAG in August 2019.

    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    systems biology
  2. Lotte de Winde

    Lotte de Winde

    Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology, Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc), Netherlands

    I'm a postdoctoral researcher studying the role of fibroblastic stromal cells in the lymph node in immunity and cancer.

    I’d like to see the scientific landscape change in terms of work-life balance, mentoring, funding and publishing, so early-career and future scientists keep the drive and passion for doing the actual science and are amazed by the discoveries they make.

    I joined the ECAG in 2018.

    I am leading the Fair Funding initiative within the eLife Ambassador program, and I am actively involved in the following other initiatives: on mentoring, intersectionality and involvement of ECRs in peer-review. Furthermore, I am one of the core team members of ECRcentral, an online platform for ECRs to find research funding and travel grant opportunities, which was founded during the eLife Ambassador program 2018-2019.

    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    dendritic cells
    molecular biology
  3. Hedyeh Ebrahimi

    Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

    I am currently a Researcher, studying epidemiological transitions and trends of non-communicable diseases at global and national levels. In this position, I work tightly with statisticians, epidemiologists, clinicians, and policymakers to translate numbers to evidence and evidence to policies.

    I hope that we get to a level at which publication and recognition of researches be based on the merit and the merit alone. This will provide equal opportunities for the early-career researchers and increase their motivation to be engaged in high-profile research.

    I joined the ECAG in 2018.

    As an ECAG member, I am working on ways to promote works and publications of early-career authors, especially the ones who had published their work at eLife, as well as on the solutions that can help to extend research by this group.

    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    epidemiology of non-communicable diseases
  4. Florencia Fernández Chiappe

    Florencia Fernández Chiappe

    Biomedicine Research Institute of Buenos Aires - CONICET - Partner Institute of the Max Planck Society, Argentina

    I am currently a PhD student at the Biomedicine Research Institute of Buenos Aires, where I study the neuronal circuits that drive sleep homeostasis in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, with an experimental approach that combines behavioral analysis and patch clamp electrophysiology in the adult brain.

    I would like for science to become more equitable, and for that I consider it fundamental to build a more transparent, ethical and open-source type of research communication.

    Joined ECAG in August 2019.

    Research focus
    neural circuits controlling sleep
  5. Vinodh Ilangovan

    Aarhus University, Denmark

    I am a research fellow at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. I study biological clocks and sleep using an integrative approach by combining molecular genetics, neural circuits, animal behavior and evolutionary biology. I have been a Max Planck Open Access Ambassador and strongly advocate for the practice of responsible behaviors in scientific research. At eLife Early Career Advisory Group, I like to experiment with novel forms of science communication and explore the use of meaningful metrics to evaluate research integrity throughout research cycle as well as reproducible nature of different research output.

    You can follow Vinodh on twitter @InquisitiveVi

    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    circadian rhythms
    animal models of human disease and behavioural sciences
    neural circuits
  6. Devang Mehta

    Devang Mehta

    University of Alberta, Canada

    I’m a postdoctoral fellow who uses new omics technologies to study how plant cells respond to external stresses by altering the chemical tags on their proteins and by changing which bits of their genes are expressed.

    I want to see scientific publishing change to become a more fair, less profit-driven system, completely integrated into the science funding landscape.

    I joined the ECAG in 2018.

    I manage the internal communications platform for the eLife Community Ambassador program and edit the ecrLife blog, a place for early career scientists to share their stories and opinions on how science is conducted.

    Plant Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    plant biology
    RNA splicing
    protein phosphorylation
  7. Elizabeth Ochola

    Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya

    Elizabeth is passionate about equity and diversity, which she has been pursuing with organizations such as the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network (OPEN) Citizens’ Council, the Canadian Pharmacists Scope, and the Journal of Health Care, where she serves on the editorial board. As a new ECAG member, she is primarily interested in supporting eLife to set up ambitious diversity objectives with regard to the gender and ethnic diversity of the editorial board and review committees by encouraging the journal to be responsive to the needs of the communities they serve. Elizabeth’s research examines the impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases on the health and wellbeing of marginalized communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

  8. Carolina Quezada

    Carolina Quezada

    Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), Chile

    I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Center of Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology, UNAB, and I work on generation of biological solar cells using biomolecules from extremophile bacteria.

    The main changes I would like to see in science are more scientific collaboration networks (in a dream world, open science) and gender equality.

    Joined ECAG in August 2019.

    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    enzyme engineering
  9. Julia Riley

    Julia Riley

    Dalhousie University, Canada

    I am a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Canada supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Broadly, my research focuses on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of reptiles and amphibians.

    I would like to increase involvement in and publication of science from unrepresented countries and minority groups, and also encourage greater transparency and reproducibility in science.

    Joined ECAG in August 2019.

    Personal website: www.rileybiology.com

    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    animal cognition
    urban ecology
    social behaviour
    conservation biology
  10. Facundo Romani

    CONICET, Argentina

    As a Latino working in his home country (Argentina), Facundo knows well the limitations and difficulties of pursuing science and publishing it in developing countries. He is interested in exploring more inclusive criteria to increase the visibility of scientific works made around the globe without compromising the perception of “quality” or “originality”, and offer scientists from developing countries more feasible opportunities to publish. Facundo is a plant molecular biologist and works on the evolution of transcription factors.

  11. Shyam Saladi

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Shyam is excited about the potential of computational tools to increase the efficiency and accessibility of scientific literature. He sees an opportunity in using technology to level the playing field a bit more between early-career and senior researchers when it comes to publishing.

    You can follow Shyam on twitter @ShyamSaladi or contact him at shyam.saladi.org

    Computational and Systems Biology
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    computational biology
  12. Lana Sinapayen

    Sony Computer Science Labs, Japan

    Lana is the creator of the open science micro-publication platform Mimosa, and a member of the newly created Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the ALife community. Lana’s priority is to foster greater collaboration, by exploring initiatives for reciprocal mentoring and skill-sharing, beyond laboratories’ artificial limits and competition-based thinking. Her research interests include computational neuroscience and astrobiology.

  13. Andy Tay

    Stanford University, United States
    National University of Singapore, Singapore

    I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford University and will be starting my independent position in the National University of Singapore in 2020. My research focuses broadly on magnetic biomedicine.

    I would like to create better support systems for early career scientists in publishing, science communications and job market navigation.

    Joined ECAG in August 2019.

    Research focus
    magnetotactic bacteria
  14. Lara Urban

    University of Otago, New Zealand

    Lara sees supporting junior researchers as an essential part of her scientific career, whether as a student representative at multiple institutes, as a mentor, or as a leader of scientific organisations and societies. She hopes to see major change in research culture, ranging from greater inclusiveness and openness in the scientific community, to a fair and transparent peer-review system. Lara studies how statistical genomics can benefit nature conservation and be incorporated into the management of critically endangered species.

  15. Aalok Varma

    National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India

    Formerly an eLife Community Ambassador, Aalok contributed to a meta-research project assessing the reporting quality and accessibility of images in published research articles, and worked on innovations to improve readability of scientific literature. He looks forward to working with other ECAG members and eLife editors to promote wide-ranging systemic change in academia. By joining the group, Aalok hopes to empower other early-career researchers to participate more visibly in all aspects of the scientific community. In his research, he uses zebrafish as a model system to study the development and function of the cerebellum, with a particular focus on Purkinje neuron physiology.

  16. Tracey Weissgerber

    Tracey Weissgerber

    Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Mayo Clinic, United States
    QUEST – Quality | Ethics | Open Science | Translation, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Germany

    I’m an assistant professor. My research focuses on understanding vascular changes that contribute to the pregnancy complication preeclampsia, and link preeclampsia with an increased risk of future cardiovascular disease later in life. I also perform science of science studies aimed at improving the quality of data visualization, statistical analysis, scientific rigor and reproducibility in the basic biomedical sciences.

    I am working to change science by conducting meta-research that provide insight into problems with data visualization, statistical analysis, and other practices that contribute to irreproducibility. My team then develops targeted solutions, such as templates, automated screening tools, educational materials and visualization tools for transforming scientific publications from static reports into interactive datasets

    I joined the ECAG in 2018.

    I am the chair of the ECAG. I also lead the meta-research (science of science) initiative for the eLife Community Ambassadors program, co-lead the Ambassadors training program, and contribute to the Reproducibility for Everyone initiative.

    Research focus
    developmental biology
    vascular biology