I’m the new Executive Editor at Development, taking over after Jane Alfred’s eight years at the journal, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m starting here fresh off the plane from Heidelberg, Germany, where I have been working as a scientific editor at The EMBO Journal for the last three years, handling manuscripts in the fields of developmental and cell biology. Before then, my research life is probably best described as “trying to understand how to make an eye”: firstly during my PhD with Matthew Freeman at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge working with Drosophila (where I published my first ever paper in Development!), and subsequently studying morphogenesis of the fish retina in Jochen Wittbrodt’s lab at EMBL Heidelberg.
While I’m no longer in the lab, I’m still fascinated by the subject, and am excited to be getting back to my developmental biologist roots here at the journal. To me, Development is all about publishing by and for the community, and The Node is a big part of that: I’ve been reading it since its inception last year, and I look forward to playing a more active role from now on – I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from me in the future. I also hope to be meeting many of you in person over the coming months and years. For now, though, all that remains is for me to thank Jane for the fantastic job she’s done here: I have big boots to fill, but I hope I’m up to the challenge!