The Editors

Helen Pickersgill, Ph.D.

Helen obtained her PhD in Cell Biology at the Paterson Institute in Manchester, UK working on the structure and function of the nuclear pore complex. She gained postdoctoral experience working first on chromatin organization as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by aberrant signaling pathways in cancer at the Whitehead Institute, MA. During her academic career she published as a first author in Cell, Nature Genetics and Journal of Cell Biology. Prior to setting up as an independent editor in 2004 and subsequently founding Life Science Editors, she was an editor at Developmental Cell for a year. More recently she was an editor at Science for five years, including handling papers at Science Translational Medicine.

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Angela Andersen, Ph.D.

Angela obtained her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, Canada, studying catalytic RNA and RNA folding. Her postdoctoral research focused on X chromosome inactivation at the University of California, San Francisco, CA. She has additional research experience studying signaling and epigenetics in the context of colon cancer and breast cancer metastasis at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, UT and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, OK. Angela has contributed to numerous articles in a variety of fields, including first author publications in Molecular Cell, PNAS, and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Before founding Life Science Editors, she was an independent editor and an editor at Cell for four years.


Brandi Mattson, Ph.D.

Brandi obtained her PhD in Behavioral and Neural Sciences from Rutgers University (Newark, NJ) studying the motivational neural circuitry during maternal behavior in natural and drug-induced states. Her postdoctoral research assessed the molecular and cellular changes that occur following psychostimulant administration at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Baltimore, MD). She was a group leader in neocortical microcircuitry and autism (EPFL – Brain Mind Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland) and studied human decision-making in neurological diseases (Baylor College of Medicine, TX). Brandi has three senior author publications and authored publications in various neuroscience journals, such as Nature Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Journal of Neurochemistry, European Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroscience. Brandi was an editor at Neuron and served in research administration at Houston Methodist-Cornell Weill Research Institute and University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She joined Life Science Editors in 2015.

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Guy Riddihough, Ph.D.

Guy obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, working on ecdysone and heat shock gene regulation. His post-doctoral research, at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund’s Developmental Biology Unit in Oxford, delved into pattern formation during Drosophila development. During his academic career, Guy contributed to papers in Genes & Development, MCB, and EMBO J. Guy was an editor at Nature, and launched and edited Nature Structural Biology (now Nature Structural and Molecular Biology). He then became an editor at PNAS, and finally a senior editor at Science for sixteen years. Guy handled papers in many areas of biology, including molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, structural biology, molecular evolution, etc., and has also written articles and reviews for the popular and scientific press. He joined Life Science Editors in 2017.

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Maria Matveenko, Ph.D.
Associate Editor

Maria obtained her PhD in Chemistry at the Australian National University, focusing on the total synthesis of complex and bioactive natural products and pharmaceuticals. She then pursued two postdocs. First, she continued research in organic synthesis at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Next, she changed fields, combining organic chemistry, peptide/protein synthesis, and molecular biology to study the effects of non-enzymatic protein modifications implicated in aging and disease, at the University of Vienna, Austria. Maria obtained independent funding for all stages of her scientific career, including postdoctoral fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her work resulted in ten first-author publications in chemistry and related journals, including the Journal of American Chemical Society and Angewandte Chemie International Edition. In addition to English, Maria is fluent in German and Russian. She joined Life Science Editors in 2017.

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Katrina Woolcock, Ph.D.
Associate Editor

Katrina obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, studying the role of the RNA interference (RNAi) machinery in fission yeast gene regulation. As a postdoc at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria, she continued studying nuclear RNAi mechanisms at a genome-wide level. Katrina has contributed to numerous articles, including first author publications in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and Genes & Development. Making the switch to science publishing in 2015, she completed a locum position as an editor at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, and then became a freelance scientific editor and writer. She joined Life Science Editors in 2018.

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