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Shachi Bhatt, Executive Editor, LSA

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, and became Executive Editor of Life Science Alliance in 2020.

Laura Bisberg, Associate Finance Director

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.

Montserrat Cols, Scientific Editor, JEM

pic Montserrat (Montse) received her PhD from Keele University in the UK. She then trained with Dr. Andrea Cerutti at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and more recently worked with Dr. Jayanta Chaudhuri at the Sloan Kettering Institute. Throughout her training and appointments, her particular focus has been on many aspects relating to B cell biology. Montse joined the Journal of Experimental Medicine as a Scientific Editor in 2020.

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, Senior 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.

Elissa Hunter, Assistant Production Editor

picElissa Hunter joined Rockefeller University Press in July 2020 after more than a decade of working as a copy editor and proofreader, most recently at Marvel Entertainment and The Culture Trip. She has a BS in journalism from University of Florida, an MLIS from Pratt Institute, and no idea how she ended up with two science degrees.

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


Andrew Lo Bello, Production Editor, JGP

pic Andrew joined Rockefeller University Press in September 2019 with more than 10 years of experience in STM journal production, most recently at Springer Nature. He studied film at Brooklyn College and is a published photographer.

Andrea Marat, Senior 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


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


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, as Director of Publishing Technologies, Rob is responsible for workflows and systems from submission through publication and beyond. Rob keeps abreast of current publishing issues, initiatives, and technical standards, threading them together to see a bigger picture and integrating them into workflows, ensuring that metadata and content remain highly discoverable. Rob is a member of the management board of Life Science Alliance LLC and oversees workflows for that three-publisher collaborative journal.

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.

Nestor Saiz, Scientific Editor, Reviews, JEM; Scientific Managing Editor, JGP

picNestor received his PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Manchester (UK) under the supervision of Berenika Plusa, and carried out his postdoctoral research in Kat Hadjantonakis’ lab, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. During his training, his work focused on the regulation of cell fate decisions during the earliest stages of mouse embryonic development and on the role of FGF/MAPK signaling in this process. Nestor joined the Rockefeller University Press in 2020.

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.

Dan Simon, Scientific Editor, JCB

pic Dan received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore where he investigated the functions and regulation of A-type lamins with Katherine Wilson. He then moved to Rockefeller University in New York for a postdoc with Michael Rout studying oncogenic defects at the Nuclear Pore Complex. Dan joined the Rockefeller University Press in 2020 as Scientific Editor at the Journal of Cell Biology.

Laura Smith, Senior Preflight Editor

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.

Yuko Tonohira, Marketing and Design Coordinator

picYuko joined RUP in June 2020 after spending 15 years as Medical Illustrator for the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has also provided design and artwork for environmental and arts communities. She holds BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design.

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.

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, Senior Production Editor, JCB

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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