Executive staff

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.

Executive staff

  1. Wei Mun Chan

    Wei Mun Chan

    Editorial manager

    Wei Mun Chan joined eLife in September 2015, having previously worked in the Open Access Peer Review Management team at Wiley in Oxford. He has a PhD in Pharmacology from Imperial College, London, and prior to Wiley worked as a Senior Scientific Database Curator for UniProt at the European Bioinformatics Institute at Hinxton, UK. He works closely with the Executive Editor and the editorial team to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of and editorial health of the journal. wm [dot] chan [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  2. Andy Collings

    Andy Collings

    Executive editor

    Andy studied English at the University of Southampton and obtained a Masters in Publishing from Oxford Brookes, before joining PLOS in 2005. Andy helped to launch PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, and PLOS Pathogens, and he was the Editorial Manager for PLOS Computational Biology and PLOS Genetics before joining eLife in April 2012. Andy is eLife's Executive Editor and works with more than 300 editors, in-house editorial staff, and a team of external suppliers to support and develop eLife's peer-review process and journal policies.

    Email: a.collings [at] elifesciences.org

  3. Lena Dowdall

    Lena Dowdall

    Office and human resources manager


  4. Hannah Drury

    Hannah Drury

    Product manager

    h [dot] drury [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  5. Daniel Ecer

    Data scientist

    d [dot] acer [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  6. James Gilbert

    James Gilbert

    Senior production assistant

    James Gilbert joined eLife in May 2012, having previously worked as a production assistant at BioMed Central. He has a degree in Natural Sciences and a Masters in History of Science from Durham University. He works with both the Editorial and Production teams to ensure the smooth review and publication of articles at eLife.


  7. Vikki Gouch

    Vikki Gooch

    Office assistant

    v [dot] gooch [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  8. Helga Groll

    Helga Groll

    Associate features editor

    Following her PhD and a post-doc, Helga swapped the lab bench for a career in science communication. Before joining eLife, Helga worked in a variety of science communication sectors, ranging from small PR and communications agencies to non-governmental organisations and the pharmaceutical sectors. In her current role as Associate Features Editor, Helga’s daily tasks include editing and writing magazine-style content for the journal and working on podcasts.

    h [dot] groll [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  9. Maria Guerreiro

    Maria Guerreiro

    Journal development editor

    Maria joined eLife in December 2014 after completing a Master's degree in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) and working on a dissertation that focused on the uptake of open access practices in STEM vs Humanities. Maria also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master in Philosophy, both from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Maria has a special interest in journal publishing, innovation in peer review and research and publication ethics. She is in the International Society of Managing & Technical Editors (ISMTE) European Conference Planning Committee.

    m [dot] guerreiro [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  10. Melissa Harrison

    Melissa Harrison

    Head of production operations

    Melissa Harrison joins eLife as head of production operations and is instrumental in setting up the systems required to peer review and publish the content as efficiently as possible, utilizing new technologies and pushing available systems and vendors to the next level in automatable publication. She comes with good knowledge of production systems and technical requirements, and aims to advocate best practice in structuring and tagging content for reuse and mining, which is a crucial component of open-access publishing. Melissa spent a large part of her career at the BMJ Group working on the specialist journals, starting as production editor and working her way up to operations manager when she left. Since graduating from Kings College London with a degree in Biological Sciences she pursued her career in publishing and has fulfilled a number of roles in small publishing houses, from desk top publishing and cover design to commissioning and writing. She is also a fully trained copy editor. Melissa spent a short time working for an Indian publishing services vendor and so has experience of both sides of the fence. m.harrison [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  11. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper

    Lead node developer

    p [dot] hooper [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  12. Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly

    Consultant director of finance and administration

    p.kelly [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  13. Stuart King

    Stuart King

    Associate features editor

    Stuart joined eLife in November 2013 following a PhD in molecular plant pathology at the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK. Before that, he completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Oxford.

    s.king [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  14. Kora Korzec

    Kora Korzec

    Community manager

    Kora enjoys almost a decade of diverse international communications experience from across private, public and non-profit sectors. She joined eLife in October 2014 from Engineers Without Borders UK, where she had expansive responsibilities in marketing, communications and project management. With a Master degree in psychology from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, Kora brings to the team her experience in social marketing and community engagement.

  15. Nathan Lisgo

    Nathan Lisgo

    Senior Drupal developer

    n.lisgo [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  16. Elsa Loissel

    Elsa Loissel

    Assistant features editor

    e [dot] loissel [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  17. Giuliano Maciocci

    Giuliano Maciocci

    Head of product

    Giuliano joined eLife in June 2015 after almost two decades in the high-tech corporate sector, where he applied his User Experience and Product Management skills to the creation of a broad range of digital experiences. With a strong focus on the user journey and a passion for innovation, Giuliano'€™s key mission at eLife is to explore new opportunities to expand eLife'€™s contribution to the scientific community, from an improved journal experience to innovative tools for authors and researchers. g [dot] maciocci [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  18. Rowena Maskell

    Rowena Maskell

    Marketing manager

    Rowena joins the External Relations team at eLife bringing more than 6 years of marketing, sales and communications experience, spanning both the public and private sector. In her previous role, she was responsible for the marketing of publicly funded business support services, coordinating with local on the ground teams to ensure brand consistency, maintaining regular email communications and implementing the overall marketing strategy. Her previous roles have also included heading up the digital communications for a large regional accountancy firm and supporting the marketing team of an international experience design agency during a large scale rebrand. A passionate writer and communicator, she holds a bachelors degree in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

    r [dot] maskell [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  19. Millie McConnell

    Milly McConnell

    Editorial assistant

    m [dot] mcconnell [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  20. Jennifer McLennan

    Jennifer McLennan

    Head of external relations

    Jennifer comes to eLife with nearly seven years advocating for change in research communication and scholarly publishing with SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), which represents over 800 academic and research institutions worldwide and is a leading supporter of open access. As director of programs, Jennifer was responsible for the successful realization and promotion of SPARC initiatives – from grassroots legislative activism to organization mobilization on a global scale. Prior to SPARC, Jennifer led marketing and public relations for academic publishers and nonprofit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University – both in Canada. LinkedIn - Twitter - j.mclennan [at] elifesciences [dot] org.

  21. David Moulton

    David Moulton

    Senior front-end developer

    d.moulton [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  22. Miranda Nye

    Miranda Nye

    Marketing assistant

    m [dot] nye [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  23. Emily Packer

    Emily Packer

    Senior press officer

    Emily brings approximately four years’ public relations experience to eLife, including work in both agency and in-house environments. Prior to eLife, she held the post of PR Manager for research and consulting firm GlobalData, where she led the team in spreading the word about the company and its research on the global healthcare and energy sectors, generating coverage in a variety of world-leading news outlets. Before GlobalData, she held PR Executive positions with Tangerine PR and Harvey & Hugo Marketing and PR, the latter of which she joined after graduating with a first class degree in Creative Writing with Journalism from the University of Chester.

    e [dot] packer [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  24. Mark Patterson

    Mark Patterson

    Executive director

    Mark Patterson was a researcher in human and yeast genetics for 12 years before moving into scientific publishing in 1994 as the Editor of Trends in Genetics. After a few years at Nature, where he was involved in the launch of the Nature Reviews Journals, he moved to the non-profit open-access startup publisher PLoS in 2003. As an editor, Mark helped to launch several of the PLoS Journals and was appointed as Director of Publishing in 2005. He was also one of the founders of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. In November 2011, Mark joined the eLife team and has been building the professional staff team in Cambridge, UK, to help get the journal off the ground. m.patterson [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  25. Naomi Penfold

    Naomi Penfold

    Innovation officer

    Naomi joined eLife in February 2016 after a PhD in the neuroscience of obesity at the Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge, UK. Before this, she completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences, with Pharmacology as her specialism, at the University of Cambridge. Her interest in working to improve the biomedical and life sciences for all scientists involved was piqued by an internship in the science policy team at the Academy of Medical Sciences in London.

    n [dot] penfold [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  26. Emma Pewsey

    Emma Pewsey

    Associate features editor

    Emma joined eLife in January 2014 whilst writing up her PhD about the corrosion of orthopaedic implants. Before this, she did a degree in natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in materials science. Her move from the lab into publishing was motivated by winning the Access to Understanding science-writing competition in 2013, for which one of the prizes was publication of her article in eLife.

    e.pewsey [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  27. Maël Plaine

    Maël Plaine

    Product manager

    m [dot] plaine [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  28. Susanna Richmond

    Susanna Richmond

    Senior editorial assistant

    s [dot] richmond [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  29. Peter Rodgers

    Peter Rodgers

    Features editor

    Peter joined eLife as Features editor in June 2012 and has worked in scientific publishing for more than twenty years. As Features Editor he oversees the non-research content of eLife and also the Digests that are included in all Research articles and Short reports. Previously he has been the Chief Editor of Nature Nanotechnology (2006-2012), where he had overall responsibility for all research and non-research content, and the Editor of Physics World magazine (1996-2005). Peter has a degree in physics from Imperial College London (1984) and a PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast (1988), and worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory before joining Physics World as an Assistant Editor in 1990.

  30. Paul Shannon

    Paul Shannon

    Head of technology

    Paul is responsible for technology strategy and delivery at eLife ensuring the team are committed to openness in the products they produce to encourage broad change across the research communication landscape. He brings 13 years’ experience in technology and software development to the team and was previously VP Technology for innovative digital music platform 7digital, where he grew the team and scaled the API platform to support the vastly changing music technology industry. He shares his experience in agile, lean, and XP practices as a regular conference speaker and also tackles topics around process improvement, data-driven decision making and team dynamics at universities and conferences around the world.

    Email: p.shannon [at] elifesciences.org

  31. Molly Shrimpton

    Molly Shrimpton

    Production assistant

    m [dot] shrimpton [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  32. Giorgio Sironi

    Giorgio Sironi

    Software engineer - tools & infrastructure

    I search for the harmony between form and context, which is a fancy way of saying I build software to fit in the world I'm in and its rapid changes.

    In the specific, my areas of expertise are testing, OOP design and distributed computing.

    g [dot] sironi [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  33. Emma Smith

    Emma Smith

    Editorial assistant

    e [dot] smith [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  34. Chris Wilkinson

    Chris Wilkinson

    Senior systems developer

    c [dot] wilkinson [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  35. Sean Wiseman

    Sean Wiseman

    Senior Developer

    s [dot] wiseman [at] elifesciences [dot] org