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. Will Byrne

    Will Byrne


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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Becky Collins

    Production assistant

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

  6. Deathridge, Julia

    Julia Deathridge

    Assistant Features Editor

    Competing interests statement
    j.deathridge [at] elifesciences [dot] org
  7. Cory Donkin


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

  8. Lena Dowdall

    Office and human resources manager


  9. Hannah Drury

    Product manager

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

  10. Nick Duffield

    User experience designer

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

  11. Daniel Ecer

    Data scientist

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

  12. Giancarlo Fusiello

    Senior python developer

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

  13. 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.


  14. Vikki Gooch

    Office and finance assistant

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Peter Hooper

    Lead node developer

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

  19. Chris Huggins

    Senior UX designer

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

  20. Kamruj Jaman

    Kamruj Jaman

    Financial controller

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

  21. Paul Kelly

    Consultant director of finance and administration

    p.kelly [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  22. 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.

  23. Nathan Lisgo

    Senior Drupal developer

    n.lisgo [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  24. Elsa Loissel

    Assistant features editor

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

  25. Giuliano Maciocci

    Head of product and user experience

    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

  26. 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

  27. Milly McConnell

    Editorial assistant

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

  28. 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.

  29. David Moulton

    Senior front-end developer

    d.moulton [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  30. Miranda Nye

    Marketing assistant

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

  31. Erez Odier

    Erez Odier

    Javascript Developer

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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. Emma Pewsey

    Associate features editor and web content manager

    Emma joined eLife in 2014 while writing up her PhD on the corrosion of orthopaedic implants. She is currently the editor responsible for eLife's Community content for early-career researchers, and writes and edits a variety of digests, Insights and other Magazine content.

    e.pewsey [at] elifesciences [dot] org

  35. Maël Plaine

    Product manager

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

  36. Dave Price

    Front-end developer

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

  37. Susanna Richmond

    Editorial manager

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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. Emma Smith

    Editorial assistant

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

  41. Emmy Tsang

    Emmy Tsang

    Innovation community manager

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

  42. Chris Wilkinson

    Senior systems developer

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