Our people

We are committed to advancing discovery from all scientific and scholarly disciplines including: the applied, chemical, earth, engineering, life, physical and social sciences. This is made possible by the dedicated work of our highly talented editorial and publishing staff. View our videos to discover more about the fascinating people involved and the exciting work they do.

Senior Journal Development Editor, BMC

Karen Cheng


Karen joined us directly after completing her PhD on stem cells and ageing at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Karen will tell you about her responsibilities for a group of journals that Springer Nature co-publishes with societies.


 Chief Editor Genome Medicine

Christopher Morrey

Listen to Christopher tell you how he started at BMC as an intern and was seeking to use his communication and problem solving skills.

Publishing Assistant Team Leader, Scientific Reports

Alex Hamilton

After a degree in biology, Alex didn’t want to carry out further research. These days, at scientific Reports, she enjoys seeing research before it is published in the public domain.  Listen to Alex talk about how she, and the Publishing Assistants that she manages, provide their authors with the best service possible.

Senior Editor, Nature Communications

Ross Cloney

Ross chose an editorial career as he realised he enjoyed reading a wide array of different scientific topics and so he could stay engaged with science. Whilst Ross’ PhD and post-doctoral work focussed on DNA repair, at Nature Communications he looks after the synthetic biology and genome engineering submissions.

Copy Editor

Sarah Skelton

Sarah has always enjoyed biology and feels it is important to have a job where she is making a difference in society. Sarah will tell you how the role is the perfect for her as she uses her literary and scientific skills.

Senior Editor, Physics and Astronomy, Springer

Jian Li

 Jian is based in our Beijing office; he’s a theoretical physicist by training. After completing his PhD in China, Jian travelled to Houston, Texas, for postdoctoral work. Now he enjoys spending his time helping authors publish their work in our books and textbooks.


Assistant Editor, Nature Genetics

Catherine Potenski

Catherine Potenski Assistant Editor, Nature Genetics

Catherine, who is based in our New York office, carried out a PhD and post-doctoral studies before joining the editorial team at BioMed Central.  Catherine now works with the Nature Research family of journals.

Editor, Springer

Alexander Gruen

Alex is based in our Berlin office. Alex will tell you about he enjoys working on products that cover a broad range of topics. Alex enjoys visiting scientists and learning about the exciting work that they are doing.

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