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. Fred Atherden

    Production editor

    f [dot] atherden [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  2. Fiona Bryant

    Editorial assistant

    f.bryant [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  3. Will Byrne

    Will Byrne


    w [dot] byrne [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  4. 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

  5. Andy Collings

    Executive editor

    Andy has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running and editorial integrity of eLife.

    He joined eLife prior to the journal’s launch in 2012. Before then he worked for PLOS.

    Outside of work, Andy enjoys watching (but not playing) football and cricket.

    Contact Andy at a.collings [at] elifesciences [dot] org.

  6. Becky Collins

    Production assistant

    r [dot} collins [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  7. Deathridge, Julia

    Julia Deathridge

    Assistant features editor

    j.deathridge [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  8. Cory Donkin


    c [dot] donkin [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  9. Lena Dowdall

    Office and human resources manager


  10. Hannah Drury

    Product manager

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

  11. Nick Duffield

    User experience designer

    n [dot] duffield [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  12. Daniel Ecer

    Data scientist

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

  13. Giancarlo Fusiello

    Senior python developer

    g [dot] fusiello [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  14. James Gilbert

    Production editor

    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.


  15. Vikki Gooch

    Office and finance assistant

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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Melissa Harrison

    Head of production operations

    Melissa manages the production department, ensuring the production process, managing content from acceptance to publication and downstream deliveries, is efficient and innovative.

    She graduated from King’s College London with an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, specialisation in parasitology. Her love of science but dislike of benchwork led her early from academia to a career in scientific publishing. Having had editorial and production roles in journals and books at various publishing houses she cemented her preference for workflow, process, and XML within the journal production stage. Melissa is chair of JATS4R and contributes regularly to the Force11, Metadata2020, Crossref and JATS communities, campaigning for standardization of data modeling to facilitate the flow of information between users in order to maximize the dissemination and reuse of knowledge. She is also dedicated to open access, open source and open science.

    At home, Melissa has a large closet dedicated to her handbag and boots collection, which has sadly not seem much light since she became a parent. She now lives in trainers and her favourite bag is a canvas tote with the slogan ‘I love metadata’ from the Metadata2020 project.

    Contact Melissa at m.harrison [at] elifesciences [dot] org.

  19. Peter Hooper

    Lead node developer

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

  20. Chris Huggins

    Senior UX designer

    c [dot] huggins [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  21. Kamruj Jaman

    Kamruj Jaman

    Financial controller

    k [dot] jaman [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  22. Paul Kelly

    Consultant director of finance and administration

    p.kelly [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  23. 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.

  24. Nathan Lisgo

    Senior Drupal developer

    n.lisgo [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  25. Elsa Loissel

    Assistant features editor

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

  26. Giuliano Maciocci

    Head of product and user experience

    As Head of Product and User Experience, Giuliano leads a multi-disciplinary team helping to guide eLife’s product vision through user-centered design and community-driven innovation.

    Before joining eLife, Giuliano worked in Product and UX teams across the technology sector, from helping to launch Europe’s first 3G mobile solutions at 3 UK, to working on innovative web solutions at Adobe, to leading research into Augmented Reality and Digital Eyewear for Qualcomm’s R&D division.

    Outside of work, Giuliano can usually be found in the kitchen or by a grill, practicing his love of cooking, or somewhere in virtual space indulging his passion for gaming and Virtual Reality.

    Giuliano can be reached at g.maciocci [at] elifesciences [dot] org, or as @augmentl on Twitter.

  27. 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

  28. Milly McConnell

    Editorial assistant

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

  29. 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.

  30. David Moulton

    Senior front-end developer

    d.moulton [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  31. Miranda Nye

    Marketing and events coordinator

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

  32. Erez Odier

    Erez Odier

    Javascript developer

    e [dot] odier [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  33. Michael Owonibi

    Michael Owonibi

    Data engineer

    m [dot} owonibi [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  34. 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

  35. Mark Patterson

    Executive director

    Mark has responsibility for all aspects of the organisation, ensuring that eLife is operating efficiently and effectively to make progress towards the mission.

    Having begun his career as a researcher in human and yeast genetics, after 12 years he moved into scientific publishing as the Editor of Trends in Genetics in 1994. 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 and helped to launch several of the PLOS Journals. Mark joined eLife in 2011 to build the team in Cambridge, UK and get eLife off the ground. He was also one of the founders of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment.

    To relax, Mark enjoys playing music, knitting and rather slow jogging.

    Contact Mark at m.patterson [at] elifesciences [dot] org.

  36. Maël Plaine

    Product manager

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

  37. Dave Price

    Front-end developer

    d [dot] price [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  38. Susanna Richmond

    Editorial manager

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

  39. 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 15 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 open-source, agile, lean, and XP practices as a regular conference speaker and also tackles topics around digital publishing, process improvement, data-driven decision making and team dynamics at universities and conferences around the world.

    When not at eLife, Paul combines his interests in photography and motorsports with time spent with his young family – resulting in lots of photographs of fast-moving things that cost a lot of money.

    Contact Paul at p.shannon [at] elifesciences [dot] org.

  40. 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

  41. Emma Smith

    Editorial assistant

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

  42. Emmy Tsang

    Emmy Tsang

    Innovation community manager

    e [dot] tsang [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  43. Chris Wilkinson

    Senior systems developer

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