Meet the editors

Our expert editors are native English speakers who are experienced in editing for or submitting to journals included in the Science Citation Index (SCI).

Editor qualifications and experience

In order to ensure your manuscript is edited to the highest standards, all of our editors go through our editor training program and are monitored for editing quality. They receive feedback and ongoing training from experienced senior editors.

Expert editors with PhD

  • PhD in a specialist field
  • Own publication record

Expert editors without PhD

  • 3+ years as a dedicated scientific editor, or
  • 3+ years scientific research experience, or
  • Certified science editor (e.g., BELS or University of Chicago, Graham School)

Editor biographies

Our editors have expertise in all areas of chemistry and the chemical sciences as well as in a wide range of other research fields. Here are a few examples of our highly trained and experienced native English editors.

Natasha Lundin
Natasha Lundin

2007 – PhD Chemistry, University of Otago

2002 – BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Otago

 

 

Dr Lundin is an experienced writer and editor, having edited over 1000 academic manuscripts, many of which have subsequently been published in leading journals, including Nature, Science, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Her own research has been reported in international publications, including a cover article in Angewandte Chemie. Dr Lundin’s PhD thesis discussed the electroluminescent and photoluminescent properties of metal-based compounds, her research focusing on the development of new materials for application in light-emitting diodes. Her post-doctoral research project at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, involved applying metal-coordinated graphene complexes in optoelectronic devices. She has experience in organic synthesis, inorganic synthesis, photophysical characterization, X-ray crystallography and the fabrication and testing of prototype light-emitting diodes.

 

Tim Cooper
Tim Cooper

2003 – PhD Chemistry, University of Reading

1996 – BA Mathematics, University of Otago

1996 – BSc Chemistry, University of Otago

 

 

Dr Cooper’s PhD thesis was entitled “A Computer Simulation Study of the Interaction of Surfactants with Mineral Surfaces”. He spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Industrial Research Ltd. in New Zealand, computationally studying self-adsorbed monolayers of long-chain thiols on gold surfaces. He then worked at the University of Cambridge where he was funded by the pharmaceutical industry to investigate the thermodynamic properties of organic molecular solids. Dr Cooper has published 14 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented his work at numerous international scientific conferences. His expertise is in the area of computational materials science and he has considerable experience in the computational methods that are used to study solid-state materials.

 

Helen McPherson
Helen McPherson

1981 – PhD Chemistry, University of Aberdeen

1976 – BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Aberdeen

 

 

Dr McPherson’s background is in chemistry, and in her PhD thesis, titled “Sulfur-substituted alkyl complexes of platinum and palladium”, she investigated the synthesis and properties of sulfur-substituted organoplatinum and organopalladium complexes. She has over 30 years’ experience in scientific publishing, working mainly in the physical sciences, materials sciences and engineering, and has extensive copy-editing and proofreading expertise. Dr McPherson has been an independent publishing and editorial consultant since 2002.

 

Stewart Dods
Stewart Dods

2015 – PhD Biochemical Engineering, University College London

2008 – MChem Chemistry with study in Japan, University of Sheffield

 

 

Dr Dods has a broad scientific and international background having worked on projects characterizing rubber compounds with the Yokohama Rubber Company in Hiratsuka, Japan, and developing certified reference materials for environmental analysis with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Japan. He has recently completed a collaborative interdisciplinary PhD project between University College London and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, researching electrospun nanofibers for bioprocessing. Specifically, Dr Dods investigated radical-based chemical modifications to activate and functionalize cellulose nanofibers for use in ion-exchange chromatography. The fibers are also relevant for tissue engineering as well as drug release matrices. Dr Dods immobilized proteins to the nanofiber surface, including Protein A for antibody purification and glucose isomerase as a biocatalyst for high-fructose corn syrup production. Dr Dods is also experienced in polymer chemistry, electrospinning fabrication, material analyses and protein purification. He also possesses a grounded knowledge base of pharmaceutical bioprocess and scale-up and ultra scale-down techniques.

 

Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas

1998 – PhD Environmental Chemistry, University of Lancaster

1993 – MSc Analytical Chemistry, University of Salford

1992 – BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Sussex

 

 

Dr Thomas has over 16 years of research experience in analytical and environmental chemistry. His PhD thesis combined analytical chemistry and toxicology, focusing on the transfer of organic pollutants from air to grass to cows and the distribution of the pollutants between the cows’ internal tissues and to milk. After completing his PhD he worked as a research associate and research fellow for 12 years, researching food chain transfer, human exposure, and air-surface exchange of organic pollutants, and developing robust and simple analytical techniques for their analysis, with a particular focus on the relative importance of the sources of a range of chemicals to different species, including humans, the efficiency of their absorption through the body’s membranes, and the toxicology of these chemicals at very low environmental doses. Dr Thomas has expertise in a range of analytical techniques, particularly gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry, as well as toxicological techniques in which cell cultures are exposed to pollutant chemicals to assess the toxicological effects caused. He has presented his research at large international conferences (Dioxin, ACS World Congress, and BFR), and has been a session chair at the SETAC World Congress and Dioxin conferences. He has worked at overseas research institutes, collaborating with and supervising researchers from many countries, including several in Asia. Dr Thomas was also a long-term editorial board member of Environment International, The Scientific World Journal, and the Journal of Applied Sciences in Environmental Sanitation, and has reviewed manuscripts for a number of other international journals. He has published more than 60 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 21 peer-reviewed extended abstracts in conference proceedings, and an entry in the Encyclopedia of Ecology (Elsevier).

 

Maryline Chee Kimling
Maryline Chee Kimling

2012 – PhD Materials Chemistry, University of Melbourne

2006 – BSc Chemistry, University of Melbourne

 

 

Dr Chee Kimling is a materials scientist currently working as a research fellow in the Advanced Porous Materials group at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests involve the development of structured porous functional materials (e.g. metal oxides, metal ions-doped metal oxides, surface modified metal oxides with organic molecules) with nano-related properties using sol-gel templating techniques. These materials have important environmental applications such as clean-up and storage of nuclear waste, water purification via photocatalysis and adsorption, and solar energy (dye sensitized solar cells). Dr Chee Kimling has authored four peer reviewed journal publications and two book chapters, and has presented her research at local and international conferences.

 

Corina Marx
Corina Marx

2000 – PhD Agricultural Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

1993 – BSc Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley

 

 

Dr Corina Marx received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where she identified and characterized proteases involved in seed dormancy and germination. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Microbiology, in which she investigated the structure and function of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens membrane transport complex, she shifted her focus to biomedical sciences by accepting a scientist position at the Cancer and Developmental Therapeutics Department of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. There, she studied the effect of small molecule inhibitors on receptor signaling pathways in breast cancer, in particular the effect of proteasome inhibitors on the stability of the receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB2. This led to the discovery of the important role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in the regulation of ErbB2 stability, trafficking and processing, which became the focus of Dr Marx’s research. Dr Marx is an experienced writer and editor with five years of editing experience and more than 15 years of experience writing and reviewing manuscripts and grants. Her diverse background and experience enables her to understand and edit papers in a broad range of fields in biology and medicine.