Early-career advisory group

eLife’s editors, early-career advisors, governing board, and executive staff work in concert to realise our mission.

Early-career advisory group

  1. Mayank Chugh

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    As a postdoc with intersectional identities, I am committed to reforming practices, protocols, and policies that hinder equitable advancement and retention of early-career researchers from marginalised backgrounds. I look forward to working with diverse ECAG members and eLife leadership to launch new initiatives, experiments, and collaborations that reflect our shared values of accountable and transparent research and communication.

  2. Mariana De Niz

    Mariana De Niz

    Institut Pasteur, France

    I can contribute towards increasing openness and integrity in the way science is done and shared by working on a model that breaks down language barriers for science, and as a microscopist, integrating open science into the pipeline of publications that include imaging.

  3. Laura Han

    Laura Han

    University of Melbourne, Australia

    During my time as a member I’m hoping to listen to others so I can be an echo box for early-career researchers: grabbing attention for challenges they face, facilitating opportunities that boost our career prospects, and propagating ideas that give joy to an academic career.

  4. Sarah Marei

    American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    “As an ECAG member, I want to work on providing early-career scientists with the learning opportunities that are missing in the research community. This is through building and promoting a transparent and comprehensive outlook into the scientific process, especially for third-world countries that lack direct access to these processes.”

  5. Regina Mencia

    Instituto de Agrobiotecnología del Litoral, Argentina

    As a new member I'm hoping to discuss topics that worry the early-career scientists and work together with editors towards a more inclusive and transparent planning system that can boost young scientists’ work.

  6. Divyansh Mittal

    Divyansh Mittal

    Center for Integrative Genomics, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    I want to provide early-career researchers a global platform to present their work to much-wider audiences and open up new collaborative opportunities to take science forward.

  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. Facundo Romani

    Facundo Romani

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Lara Urban

    Helmholtz AI, Germany

    Lara is convinced that it's essential to revolutionize our current science evaluation and communication system, and to make it more transparent, inclusive, and equitable. She has therefore strongly supported the implementation of the new eLife model for a more open peer review process. Lara is further interested in helping promote the rights of minority scientists and early-career researchers. Lara's research group studies how statistical genomics, portable technology, and AI can be leveraged to better understand the implications of One Health.

  11. 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.

  12. Lamis Yahia Mohamed Elkheir

    Lamis Yahia Mohamed Elkheir

    University of Khartoum, Sudan

    I am now extremely excited to join the ECAG which will not only provide me with the unique opportunity to grow within a diverse and resourceful community but will also give me a space to voice the needs of early-career researchers, especially from African developing countries and promote practices that could lead to a healthier research environment.

  13. Lynn Yap

    Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore

    “I am extremely excited to join the dynamic and diverse ECAG community in contributing to the improvement of science culture and communication. I have the aspiration of transforming science publications and visibility for young scientists. As a new member, I would like to champion topics such as open and timely research communication, collaboration, and gender equality. I am really excited about working with the other ECAG members and editors to create a positive impact on the scientific community.”