Early-Career Advisory Group: eLife welcomes 150 Ambassadors of good practice in science

More than 150 eLife Ambassadors will work to catalyse improvements in the way science is communicated and performed.
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We are pleased to welcome representatives from six continents to the 2018 eLife Ambassador program. Working with eLife, Ambassadors will support the development and reach of initiatives ranging from encouraging the use of preprints to increasing the reproducibility of science, by leading conversations in their local communities, facilitating local discussions and connecting their communities with international developments.

Collectively, eLife Ambassadors have chosen to champion ten different causes, including:

  • Career development and mentoring
  • Science communication and publishing
  • Diversity in science
  • Open access
  • Peer review
  • Preprints
  • Reproducibility and good lab practice
  • Transparency and bioethics
  • Highlighting funding opportunities
  • Open science

eLife Ambassadors

eLife Ambassadors

An interactive map showing the locations of our Ambassadors across the world can be viewed (here).

Africa

  • Solomon Mekonnen, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (Interests: Open access)
  • Ahmed Refaiy, Faculty of Agriculture, South Valley University, Egypt
  • Dina Alsharkawy, Suez Canal University, Egypt
  • Hannah Wanjiku, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya (Interests: Career development and mentoring, diversity in science)
  • Yaw Bediako, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program, Kilifi, Kenya (Interests: Diversity in science, career development and mentoring, highlighting funding opportunities, peer review, transparency and bioethics)
  • Ifedayo Adetifa, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya (Interests: Career development and mentoring, open access, peer review, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • George Githinji, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya (Interests: Open Science, reproducibility and good lab practice, diversity in science, peer review)
  • Janet Midega, Kenya Medical Research Institute, (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing, diversity in science, open access, peer review, highlighting funding opportunities, open science)
  • Cheryl Che, Pwani University in Kilifi, Kenya (Interests: Career development and mentoring, highlighting funding opportunities, diversity in science)
  • Ilias Cherkaoui, Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco

Asia

  • Rintu Kutum, CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, India (Interests: Preprints, science communication and publishing, career development and mentoring, diversity in science)
  • Dhwani Dholakia, CSIR-Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, India
  • Bhavisha Sheth, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gandhinagar, India
  • Ujjawal Kushwaha, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India (Interests:Peer review, preprints, science communication and publishing)
  • Lipi Thukral, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India (Interests: Diversity in science)
  • Prateek Jain, National Agri Food Biotechnology Institute, India
  • Reeteka Sud, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, India (Interests: Science communication and publishing, peer review, reproducibility)
  • Ruchi Jhonsa, NCBS, India (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing)
  • Sridhar Gutam, ICAR-IIHR, India (Interests: Preprints, open access, open data, open science)
  • Govintharaj Ponnaiah, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India
  • Venkat Ramaswamy, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore, India (Interests: Science communication and publishing, diversity in science, preprints, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Sveta Chakrabarti, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, India (Interests: Science communication and publishing, open access, peer review)
  • Raj Rajeshwar Malinda, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, preprints, science communication and publishing, highlighting funding opportunities, open access)
  • Maggi Brisbin, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (Interests: Diversity in science, science communication and publishing, preprints)
  • Roshan Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing, diversity in scientific research, transparency and bioethics, highlighting funding opportunities, open access)
  • Arsalan, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (Interests: Reproducibility and good lab practices, transparency and bioethics, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Adrian Teo, IMCB, A*STAR, Singapore (Interests: Career development and mentoring)
  • Timothy Saunders, NUS, Singapore (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Guillaume Thibault, NTU, Singapore
  • Tuan Tran, NTU, Singapore (Interests: Open access, outreach, career development and mentoring, research integrity)
  • Vasuki Ranjani Chellamuthu, NTU, Singapore
  • Sonali Sengupta, Former Postdoc at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (USA); currently based in India (Interests: Peer review, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, science communication and publishing)
  • Sheng Chen, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.(Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing)

Central and South America

  • Nicolás Palopoli, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes - CONICET, Argentina (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing, highlighting funding opportunities, open science)
  • Humberto Debat, National Institute of Agricultural Technology (IPAVE-CIAP-INTA), Argentina (Interests: Preprints, Open Access, Career development and mentoring)
  • Jose Cussiol, University of São Paulo in Brazil
  • Ariel Silber, Cidade Universitária Butantã São Paulo, Brazil (Interests: Career development and mentoring, diversity in science, peer review)
  • Paola Villegas Delgado, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile (Interests: Career development and mentoring, highlighting funding opportunities, diversity in science)
  • Carlos Blondel, Universidad Autonoma de Chile, Chile (Interests: Preprints, peer review, open access, science communication and publishing)
  • Juan Opazo, Universidad Austral de Chile (Interests: Highlighting funding opportunities, preprints, open access)
  • Ricardo Hartley, Universidad Central, Chile
  • Fernando Valiente, Universidad de Chile, Chile (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing, preprints, reproducibility and good lab practice, open science)
  • Sebastian Escobar, University of Chile, Chile (Interests: Science communication and publishing, open science)
  • Diego Varas, Universidad Mayor in Santiago de Chile (Interests: Science communication and publishing, peer review)
  • Karina Bravo, Universidad de O'Higgins, Rancagua, Chile (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing, diversity in science, reproducibility and good lab practice, transparency and bioethics, highlighting funding opportunities, open science)
  • Gaston Muñoz, Universidad San Sebastian, Chile (Interests: Science communication and publishing, diversity in science, peer review, reproducibility and good lab practice, highlighting funding opportunities, open science)
  • Boris Almonacid, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (Interests: Peer review, preprints)
  • Simon Villegas, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Medellín, Colombia (Interests: Open Science, Highlighting Funding Opportunities)
  • Moises Gallo, Universidad Santo Tomás, Columbia (Interests: Science communication and publishing, preprints, open science)
  • Juan Carlos Flores, Universidad autónoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico (Interests: Science communication and publishing, open access, peer review, preprints and reproducibility and good lab practice)
  • Edgardo Sepulveda, CICESE, Mexico (Interests: Open access, transparency and bioethics)
  • Itzel Zamora Vilchis, University of Quintana Roo, Mexico

Europe

  • Yasin Dagdas, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology GmbH, Austria (Interests: Preprints)
  • Sergio Alvarez-Perez, KU Leuven, Belgium (Interests: Career development and mentoring, diversity in science)
  • Syed Shan e Ali Zaidi, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Jan Benada, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Interests: Open access, preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Stephan Pless, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Chloe Yeung, Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen, Denmark (Interests: Open access, preprints, peer review, career development and mentoring)
  • Karolina Ditrychova, Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem), Denmark
  • Kaur Alasoo, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Delphine Fessart, INSERM, France (Interests: Open science)
  • Emilie Muller, CNRS, Strasbourg, France (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, preprints, science communication and publishing)
  • Pablo Saez, Institut Curie, Paris, France (Interests: Open Access, peer review, preprints)
  • Giulia Bertolin, Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes, France (Interests: Preprints, peer review)
  • Carmen Lia Murall, CNRS, Montpellier, France (Interests: Diversity in science, peer review, career development and science communication)
  • Helena Jambor, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (Interests: Science communication and publishing, reproducibility and good lab practice)
  • Nicholas Schmelling, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, science communication and publishing)
  • Raghavendra Palankar, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Shibashish Giri, Universitat Leipzig, Germany
  • Vivek Bhardwaj, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany (Interests: Preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Cristiana Cruceanu, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany (Interests: Career development and mentoring)
  • Ahmed Khalil, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Germany
  • Ufuk Günesdogan, University of Göttingen, Germany (Interests: Open access, preprints, peer review, career development and mentoring)
  • Tracey Weissgerber, QUEST Center, Berlin (Interests: Science communication & publishing, transparency & bioethics, reproducibility and good lab practice and open access)
  • Emma Dorris, University College Dublin Centre for Arthritis Research, Ireland
  • Interests: Science communication and publishing
  • Emmy Tsang, EMBL Epigenetics and Neuroscience Unit, Rome, Italy
  • Interests: Preprints, open science
  • Valeria Corliani, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Philippe Lucarelli, Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Interests: Open science, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, science communication and publishing)
  • Shaman Narayanasamy, Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, open science, transparency and bioethics, preprints, peer review)
  • Kai Kretzschmar, Hubrecht Institute Utrecht, The Netherlands, (Interests: Peer review)
  • Steingrim Svenning, Norges Arktiske Universitet, Norway (Interests: Career development and mentoring, reproducibility and good lab practice)
  • Aziz Khan, University of Oslo, Norway (Interests: Preprints, Science communication and publishing, career development and mentoring)
  • Pawel Niewiadomski, Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland (Interests: Peer review)
  • Zach Hensel, ITQB NOVA, Portugal (Interests: Preprints, science communication and publishing)
  • Julia G Prado, AIDS Research Institute (IrsiCaixa), Spain
  • Modesto Redrejo Rodriguez, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Spain (Interests: Peer review, open science, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Sofia Araujo, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • David Berga, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Xim Cerda-Company, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Elisa Floriddia, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (Interests: Preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, equality, career development and mentoring, diversity in science)
  • Bahtiyar Yilmaz, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Srikanth Ramaswamy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Sven Collette, University of Geneva, Switzerland (Interests: Preprints, Open science, open data)
  • Melania Zauri, SciLifeLab, Sweden (Interests: Science communication and publishing, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Zuzana Hofmanová, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (Interests: Open science, diversity in science, science communication and publishing, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Plinio Casarotto, University of Helsinki, Finland (Interests: Preprints, open science, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Martin Davey, University of Birmingham, UK (Interests: Career development and mentoring)
  • Myriam Chimen, University of Birmingham, UK (Interests: Career development and mentoring, peer Review)
  • Abderrahmane Kaidi, University of Bristol, UK (Interests: Career development and mentoring)
  • Christina Ernst, University of Cambridge, UK (Interests: Preprints, peer review)
  • Alper Akay, Gurdon Institute, UK (Interests: Preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • David Kent, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Vikash Singh, University of Cambridge, UK (Interests: Open access, preprints)
  • Susana Sauret-Gueto, University of Cambridge, UK (Interests: Open science, reproducibility and good lab practice)
  • Ruben Vale, University of Cambridge, UK (Interests: Preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, science communication and publishing)
  • Pradeepa Madapura, University of Essex, UK (Interests: Open science)
  • Kumar Saurabh Singh, University of Exeter, UK (Interests: Transparency and bioethics, peer review, science communication and publishing)
  • Hannah Wang, Institute of Cancer Research, UK (Interests: Diversity in science, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Federico Rojas, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Christopher Toseland, University of Kent, UK (Interests: Science communication and publishing, career development and mentoring)
  • Lotte de Winde, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UK (Interests: Career development and mentoring, Diversity in science, Science communication and publishing, Highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Sophie Acton, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UK (Interests: Career development and mentoring)
  • Andrew Murray, University College London, UK
  • Freyja Olafsdottir, University College London, UK (Interests: Preprints, open access, peer review, diversity in science)
  • Tai-Ying Lee, University of Oxford, UK (Interests: Open access, open source, science communication and publishing, diversity in science, peer review, career development and mentoring)
  • Tania Allard, University of Sheffield, UK (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, open science, open access, diversity in science, career development and mentoring)
  • Mirre Simons, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, peer review)
  • Juan Quintana, Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, UK (Interests: Science communication and publishing, career development and mentoring, highlighting funding opportunities, open access, diversity in science)
  • Ting Gang Chew, University of Warwick, UK
  • Lasani Wijetunge, University of Bordeaux, France (Interests: Career development and mentoring, science communication and publishing, open access)

Middle East

  • Paul Villoutreix, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (Interests: Open science)

North America

  • Jerome Robert, University of British Columbia, Canada (Interests: Science communication and publishing, open access)
  • Gareth Lim, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Canada (Interests: Preprints, career development and mentoring, diversity in science)
  • Elie Besserer-Offroy, Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Chinmaya Sadangi, University of Toronto, Canada (Interests: Science communication and publishing, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Molly Henry, The University of Western Ontario, Canada (Interests: Peer review, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, diversity in science, highlighting funding opportunities)
  • John Burns, American Museum of Natural History, USA
  • Dheeraj Roy, Broad Institute, USA
  • Michael Wells, Broad Institute, USA (Interests: Peer review, science communication and publishing)
  • Benjamin Obadia, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Matha Naganbabu, University of California, Berkeley, USA (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Alice Soragni, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (Interests: Preprints, peer review)
  • Jordan Ward, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA (Interests: Open access, science communication and publishing)
  • Daniel Kim, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA (Interests: Preprints, peer review, science communication and publishing)
  • Jason Fernandes, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Samantha Hindle, (Interests: Preprints)
  • Dhivya Kumar, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Yu-Chieh (David) Chen, University of California, Riverside, USA (Interests: Preprints, Peer review, career development and mentoring)
  • Daniel Shiwarski, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Interests: Preprints, science communication and publishing, career development and mentoring, peer review)
  • Erin Wissink, Cornell University, USA (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, preprints)
  • Gunther Hollopeter, Cornell University, USA (Interests: Open access, preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Nate Snyder, Drexel Autism Institute, USA (Reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Alberto Stolfi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Interests: Diversity in science and career development and mentoring)
  • Romain Franconville, Janelia Research Campus, USA (Interests: Open access, science communication and publishing, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Luciane Tsukamoto Kagohara, Johns Hopkins University, USA (Interests: Preprints, open access, highlighting funding opportunities, peer review, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Ayush Ranawade, Harvard University, USA (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice, open access, preprints)
  • Joshua Pan, Harvard Medical School, USA (Interests: Open access, science communication and publishing)
  • Katherine Buckley, The George Washington University, USA
  • Aparna Shah, Johns Hopkins University, USA (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Hung-Ji Tsai, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Stephanie Shames, Kansas State University, USA (Interests: Open access, preprints, transparency and bioethics)
  • Ahmet Bakirbas, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (Interests: Open access, science communication and publishing)
  • Ian Li, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Kadir Akdemir, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA (Interests: Preprints, reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Sahil Seth, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA (Interests: Open access, preprints, peer review and reproducible research)
  • Michiel Boekhout, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA (Interests: Open access, preprints)
  • Lilian Lamech, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA (Interests: Open access, preprints, peer review, science communication and publishing)
  • Zheng Ser, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
  • Arjun Krishnan, Michigan State University, USA (Interests: Preprints, open science, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, education code, data, & statistical literacy, science communication and publishing)
  • Elizabeth Mills, University of Michigan Medical School, USA
  • Palsamy Kanagaraj, University of Michigan, USA
  • Vishal Parekh, University of Michigan, USA
  • Peter Crisp, The University of Minnesota, USA (Interests: Peer review, preprints, reproducibility, and open science)
  • Luke Hoepnner, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, USA (Interests: Transparency and bioethics, peer review, preprints)
  • Ulrike Boehm, NIH, USA (Interests: Open science, open access, preprints, diversity in science)
  • Tony Cadiz, Queens College, City University of New York, USA (Interests: Diversity in science)
  • Timothee Lionnet, New York University, School of Medicine, USA (Interests: Open access, preprints, peer review)
  • Harrison Specht, Northeastern University, USA
  • Edward Emmott, Northeastern University, USA
  • Interests: Preprints, science communication and publishing, open science
  • Savio Chan, Northwestern University, USA
  • Bradly Alicea, Orthogonal Research Laboratory, OpenWorm Foundation (Interests: Open science, preprints, diversity in science, career development and mentoring)
  • Ashanti Matlock, Ohio State University, USA (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Santosh Dhakal, The Ohio State University, USA (Interests: Peer review)
  • Aref Arzan Zarin, HHMI/University of Oregon, USA
  • Arnaldo Carreira-Rosario, University of Oregon, USA
  • Adam Filipowicz, Oregon Health and Science University, USA (Interests: Preprints)
  • Daniela Saderi, Oregon Health & Science University, USA (Interests: Preprints, peer review, diversity in science, transparency and bioethics)
  • Mubarak Hussain Syed, University of Oregon, USA (Interests: Open science, open access, preprints, diversity in science)
  • Qing Yan, Oregon State University, USA
  • Uschi Symmons, University of Pennsylvania, USA (Interests: Diversity in science, science communication and publishing)
  • Natalie Hager, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA
  • Ami Ashar, STEMCELL Technologies, USA (Interests: Career development and mentoring, diversity in science and highlighting funding opportunities)
  • Erik Welf, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
  • Maitreyi Das, University of Tennessee, USA
  • Sarah Baker, The Rockefeller University, USA (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Xin (Cindy) Sun, The Rockefeller University, USA (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Megan Moerke, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Biswapriya Misra, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, USA (Interests: Open access, peer review)
  • Samuel Herberg, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, USA (Interests: Preprints, open access)
  • Irinna Papangeli, Yale University (Interests: Transparency and bioethics, science communication and publishing)
  • Ahmed Mahmoud, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (Interests: Career development and mentoring, diversity in science, peer review, preprints)

Oceania

  • Jessie Au, ANU, Australia (Interests: Diversity in science)
  • Angela McGaughran, ANU, Australia
  • Diep Ganguly, ANU, Australia (Interests: Reproducibility)
  • Hammad Khan, ANU, Australia
  • Kevin Murray, ANU, Australia
  • Bianca Lee, Monash University, Australia (Interests: Diversity in science)
  • Tahnee Saunders, Monash University, Australia (Interests: Science communication and publishing, reproducibility and good laboratory practice, open access)
  • Jared Mamrot, Monash University, Australia (Interests: Reproducibility and good laboratory practice)
  • Pradeep Rajasekhar, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Australia
  • Konstantinos Vavitsas, University of Queensland, Australia (Interests: Science communication and publishing)
  • Julia Steinberg, Cancer Research Division, Cancer Council NSW, Australia (Interests: Highlighting funding opportunities, career development and mentoring, diversity in science)
  • David Eccles, Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington, New Zealand (Interests: Open science, diversity in science, transparency and bioethics, science communication and publishing)

In the coming months, we’ll be sharing some of the initiatives our Ambassadors are supporting. They can be followed on Twitter here.

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