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Shachi Bhatt, Senior Scientific Editor, JEM

pic Shachi received her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from University of Kansas Medical Center. She pursued her postdoctoral research in the lab of Paul Trainor at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, where she studied the development of peripheral nervous and vascular systems, WNT/β-catenin signaling, and neural crest cell induction and differentiation. She joined Journal of Experimental Medicine as a Scientific Editor in 2017.

Laura Bisberg, Assistant Director, Finance

pic Laura joined Rockefeller University Press in January 2018, having previously worked in finance for NYU Press and the National Audubon Society.  She received a BA from Tufts University and an MSt from Oxford University, both in English Literature.

Melina Casadio, Senior Scientific Editor, JCB

pic Melina received her PhD in genetics in 2012 based on work conducted with Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova at Rockefeller University in New York. After a short postdoc with Dr. Viviane Tabar at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Melina joined Rockefeller University Press in 2014 as Associate Scientific Editor for Journal of Cell Biology and was promoted to Senior Scientific Editor in 2016.

Camille Clowery, Production Manager

pic Camille Clowery started as a copy editor at RUP in 2005 and now supervises its production editors, upholding Rockefeller’s high level of quality for its three journals. She plays a key role in vetting new workflows as the Press continues to find efficiencies in production.

Sylvia Cuadrado, Managing Editor, JEM

pic Sylvia has worked at Rockefeller University Press since 2005. She loves TV and happy hour.


Erinn A. Grady, Production Designer

pic Erinn has been with Rockefeller University Press since 1998, starting out as a Copy Editor for Journal of Cell Biology. Prior to joining the Press, she spent many years working in academic (Boston University Science and Engineering Library), public (Boston Public Library), and law (O’Melveny & Myers, LLP) libraries. She studied psychology and biology at Boston University.

Lindsey Hollander, Managing Editor, JCB

pic Lindsey has been with the Press since 2005.

Stephanie Houston, Scientific Editor, JEM

pic Stephanie completed her PhD in Immunology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland where she studied migratory dendritic cells in the intestine. She pursued postdoctoral work with Mark Travis at the University of Manchester studying integrin αvβ8-mediated TGFβ activation by T cells. She joined the Journal of Experimental Medicine as a Scientific Editor in 2018.

Laraine Karl, Marketing Associate

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Susan King, Executive Director

pic Susan joined RUP as Executive Director in June 2015. She serves as chair of the Board of Directors of CHOR, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, and its first initiative, CHORUS. Prior to RUP, Susan was Senior Vice President of the Journals Publishing Group at the American Chemical Society beginning in 2008, and she spent 15 years at John Wiley & Sons in various editorial and management roles. Susan received her PhD in immunology from the University of Glasgow.

Sarah Kraft, Financial Analyst

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Gregory Malar, Business Development Director

pic Greg began his career in scholarly publishing in 1991, working on a project to digitize L’Année philologique, the standard bibliography for research in classical antiquity. Greg joined Rockefeller University Press in 1995 and was part of the team that brought the Press into the age of electronic publishing. He is active in several publishing organizations, including ALPSP and SSP. Greg’s industry service has often focused on information standards; he is a member of NISO I2 and the ICEDIS Committee, which he has co-chaired since 2002. Greg has a BA in classics from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Andrea Marat, Scientific Editor, Reviews JCB

Andrea did her PhD with Peter McPherson at McGill University in Montreal studying the regulation of membrane trafficking by Rab GTPases. She then moved to the laboratory of Volker Haucke in Berlin, where she examined mechanisms controlling mTORC1 signaling. Andrea joined Rockefeller University Press in 2016 as a Scientific Editor at Journal of Cell Biology. In addition to handling research manuscripts, Andrea is responsible for all Reviews and Perspectives published in the journal.

Jennifer McGullam, Production Editor, JEM

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Jenny joined Rockefeller University Press in 2018. She has been working in scientific and medical publishing for several years, most recently as a Production Editor at Springer Nature. Jenny studied English and linguistics at Dartmouth College and enjoys baking, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

Sati Motieram, Executive Assistant to Executive Director, Office Administrator

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Marie Anne O'Donnell, Scientific Editor, JCB

pic Marie Anne received a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Glasgow for work on the modulation of the immune system by Epstein-Barr virus proteins. She then moved to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and worked in the Immunology Institute as a postdoc and research faculty investigating the molecular regulation of cell death processes before joining Rockefeller University Press as a scientific editor for JCB in 2015.

Rob O’Donnell, Director of Publishing Technologies

pic Rob's interests in editing and photography merged when he started as a Copy Editor at RUP, finding the opportunity to usher the Press into the digital age of imaging, editing, and publishing. Today, leading a single workflow for electronic and print production, Rob continues to play a major role in maintaining RUP’s status as an innovator. Rob has a BA in English/creative writing from NYU and continues to pursue his education in arts, technology, and beer.

Teodoro Pulvirenti, Director of Editorial Development, RUP; and Executive Editor, JEM

pic Teodoro (Teo) received his PhD from the Mario Negri Sud Institute in Italy. He then carried out his postdoctoral work in the lab of Alan Hall at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, studying the role Wnt signaling in cancer stem cells, and continued this line of research in the lab of Eric Holland at the same institution. Teo started his editorial career at Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) in 2013. He then joined Nature Cell Biology as Senior Editor and returned to JEM as Executive Editor in 2016. He became the Director of Editorial Development for Rockefeller University Press in 2019.

Rochelle Ritacco, Preflight Editor

picRochelle is responsible for the preparation of figures for RUP publication—checking production quality, conforming style, and clarity of presentation. She is a skilled digital artist with expertise in many media applications. Rochelle began freelancing at RUP in 2007 and shortly thereafter joined the staff. Prior to RUP, she assisted the campus photographer at Monmouth University. Rochelle received her BA in communications from Seton Hill University and has completed two certificate programs, Digital Art (BCC) and Filmmaking (NYU). She is on the board of the Belmar Art Council. Rochelle lives along the dazzling north Jersey shore with her husband and daughter.

Meighan E. Schreiber, Managing Editor, JGP

picMeighan has over a decade of experience with online peer review systems and running an editorial office through her service as a Managing Editor of Health Services Research, Health Research & Educational Trust's flagship publication and an official journal of AcademyHealth. Meighan was most recently the Managing Editor of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Ben Short, Senior Science Writer

pic Ben did his PhD in cell biology with Francis Barr at the University of Glasgow, UK and the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. He then spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow with Elaine Fuchs at The Rockefeller University in New York before joining RUP in 2008 as a Science Writer for Journal of Cell Biology. In addition to his articles for the journal, he contributes to the Press’s audio and video podcasts.

Laura Smith, Preflight Coordinator

pic Laura began her career at Rockefeller University in 1996 in the Office of Public Affairs. In 1997, she joined Rockefeller University Press as assistant to then director Michael Held. In 2002, under the guidance of Mike Rossner, Laura began image screening. She has since traveled abroad and throughout the United States training others in the detection of image manipulation. Laura lives in the Hudson Valley with her daughter and rescue kitty "Wiki".

Tim Spencer, Executive Editor, JCB

pic Tim received his PhD from the City University of New York, where he studied the signaling mechanisms that underlie the promotion of axonal growth and regeneration following injury in the laboratory of Marie Filbin. He then moved to the laboratory of Chris Henderson at Columbia University, where he examined molecular markers of postnatal motor neuron maturation and elements of motor-specific disease. Tim served as a senior scientific editor at Nature Neuroscience since 2011 before moving to RUP to become the Deputy Editor of Journal of Cell Biology in 2016.

Xin (Cindy) Sun, Scientific Editor, JEM

pic Xin (Cindy) received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, studying the roles of RNA-binding proteins in DNA damage responses, NF-kB signaling, and tumorigenesis. She then pursued her postdoctoral research in the lab of Robert Darnell at The Rockefeller University, where she studied RNA genomics in neurological disease and cancer. She joined the Journal of Experimental Medicine as a Scientific Editor in 2018.

Gaia Trincucci, Scientific Editor, JEM

pic Gaia received her PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, studying the role of Type III interferons in chronic hepatitis C. She pursued her postdoctoral work with Abraham Brass and Kate Fitzgerald at University of Massachusetts Medical School, focusing on uncovering novel host factors in viral replication. She joined the Journal of Experimental Medicine as a Scientific Editor in 2018.

Mary Vasquez, Senior Production Editor and Freelance Coordinator

pic After graduating from Rutgers University—majoring in English and psychology—Mary has worked in scientific publishing, in a busy bookstore, and at an independent humanities publisher.

Rory Williams, Director of Communications and Marketing

pic Rory joined Rockefeller University Press in January 2016 from the American Thoracic Society, where he served as director of communications and marketing. There he led initiatives to market the ATS’s three scientific journals, annual International Conference, educational programs, and membership. Prior to the ATS, he was an associate editor at String Letter Publishing and worked for daily newspapers on the West Coast, including the Palo Alto Daily News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Humboldt State University.

Samantha Wolner, Production Editor

pic Samantha joined Rockefeller University Press in January 2018. She was most recently a Production Editor at Cambridge University Press and has worked for art magazines and cultural museums. She received a BA from St. John’s University and an MA from Columbia University.

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