Early-career advisory group

The working scientists who serve as eLife editors, our early-career advisors, governing board, and our executive staff all work in concert to realise eLife’s mission to accelerate discovery.

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.

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

    Lotte de Winde

    MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, United Kingdom

    I’m a Research Associate (postdoc) studying how protein-protein interactions on the cell surface of fibroblastic stromal cells drive cell spreading, as pivotal process to initiate lymph node expansion during an immune response.

    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.

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

    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.

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    epidemiology of non-communicable diseases
    prevention
  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.

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    behavior
    neural circuits controlling sleep
  5. Vinodh Ilangovan

    Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

    I am a research fellow at department of Genes and Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany. I study biological clocks and sleep using an integrative approach by combining molecular genetics, neural circuits, animal behavior and evolutionary biology. I am also 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

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    circadian rhythms
    animal models of human disease and behavioural sciences
    neural circuits
    evolution
  6. Brianne Kent

    Brianne Kent

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, United States

    I am a postdoctoral research fellow studying Alzheimer's disease.

    The main changes I'd like to see in science are to get rid of paywalls in scientific publishing and to move away from using metrics such as impact factor or journal name as an indicator of the quality of science or the ability of a scientist. Let's make science more open and focused on quality and reproducibility.

    I joined the ECAG in 2014.

    For the past two years I have Chaired the ECAG, arranging the monthly calls, preparing the agendas, and supporting the numerous ECAG initiatives including the Ambassadors program, monthly webinar series, and ecrLife blog.

    You can follow Brianne on twitter @brianne_kent

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    Alzheimer's disease
    sleep
    circadian rhythms
    learning and memory
    translational research
  7. 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.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    plant biology
    RNA splicing
    protein phosphorylation
    mass-spectrometry
  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.

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

    Julia Riley

    Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    I am a postdoctoral fellow at Stellenbosch University in South Africa supported by the Claude Leon Foundation. 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

    Twitter: @jr4science

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    animal cognition
    urban ecology
    social behaviour
    conservation biology
  10. 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

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    computational biology
  11. Sarvenaz Sarabipour

    Institute for Computational Medicine & Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, United States

    I am a Postdoctoral Researcher. I build multiscale computational models of receptor signaling networks in cell and tissue contexts that will enable design of specific systems-level molecular vascular interventions to control angiogenesis.

    I would like our research environments to be open, kinder and more inclusive.

    Joined ECAG in August 2019.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    angiogenesis
    diabetes
  12. Benjamin Schwessinger

    Australian National University, Australia

    My work experience on four different continents over the last 10 years provides me with unique insights of how science is performed globally. We often assume an universally valid approach to the scientific inquiry and a just evaluation of scientific 'excellence'. Yet there are significant systemic biases and structural roadblocks that prevent the scientific enterprise to perform at its maximal capacity. As community we need to level the playing field, diversify, and make science accessible for everyone. We will only be able to achieve long lasting changes by continuous inclusive community efforts. Changes are coming and they are real. Open access, preprints, science communication, unions (e.g. UAW5810), community efforts (e.g. future of research), protocol sharing websites (e.g. github, protocols.io), new publishing platforms (e.g. eLife, PeerJ, F1000), and political involvement of scientific societies, all contribute to this change towards a more forward looking and open minded community.

    I focus my research on plant-microbe interactions, biochemical signal transduction mechanisms, genomics and host-microbe co-evolution. My general research interest is driven by the desire to understand communication at a molecular level within an organism, between individual species, and within a given ecosystem. Over the years with the advancement of sequencing technologies I have become intrigued of how these interspecies communications evolve and in turn influence evolution. I am currently working on how the genomic architecture of dikaryotic fungi, meaning two haploid nuclei within a single cell, facilitates the tremendous success of this group of plant pathogens in agricultural ecosystems.

    I am excited to be an active part of the eLife community and the early career advisory group. This is an unique opportunity to collaborate on a global level and push for a better scientific future for everyone. There is much to gain for everyone by being more open and collaborative. I hope the insight I gained during my times as postdoc union organizer at the University of California and member of the future of research movement will be beneficial for the wider eLife community. I am driven by conviction and happy to share my experience with using preprints, twitter and other online tools to communicate ones research output within the scientific community and with society.

    Currently, I complement my involvement with ECGA with efforts to improve equity issues at the departmental level as equity committee member. Because reproducible science is close to my heart due to hard earned personal experience, I am an ambassador of the exciting open access protocol sharing website protocols.io.

    You can follow Benjamin on twitter @schwessinger and his blog at https://blushgreengrassatafridayafternoon.wordpress.com/

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant microbe interactions and signaling
    biochemical signal transduction networks
    genomics
    host-microbe interactions
    evolution
  13. Andy Tay

    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.

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    pain
    neuro-modulation
    magnetotactic bacteria
    immunotherapy
    cancer
  14. 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.

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    developmental biology
    metaresearch
    pre-eclampsia
    physiology
    vascular biology
    statistics