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Operations Management

Vice President of Operations Afton Thompson, PhD

Afton Thompson, PhD

Vice President of Operations

PhD, Pathology
Duke University

Principal Data Scientist Jeffrey Grigston, PhD, MBA

Jeffrey Grigston, PhD, MBA

Principal Data Scientist

PhD, Pharmacology
Duke University

Engineering Team Manager Jason Bailey, BS

Jason Bailey, BS

Engineering Team Manager

BS, Computer Science
Wichita State University

Operations Director Ariana Bevilacqua, MS, ELS

Ariana Bevilacqua, MS, ELS

Operations Director

MS, Biochemistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Operations Director Dan Brosnan, MS

Dan Brosnan, MS

Operations Director

MS, Physics
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Process Manager, Editing Stephanie Freer, PhD

Stephanie Freer, PhD

Process Manager, Editing

PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Operations Director Brandon Jernigan, PhD

Brandon Jernigan, PhD

Operations Director

PhD, English
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Quality Manager Kurt Spurlock, MA, ELS

Kurt Spurlock, MA, ELS

Quality Manager

MA, English literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project Portfolio Manager Allison McMullen, PhD, PMP, PMI-ACP

Allison McMullen, PhD, PMP, PMI-ACP

Project Portfolio Manager

PhD, Pharmacology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Operations Director Sayaka Hino, MPH

Sayaka Hino, MPH

Operations Director

MPH, Health Behavior
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project Manager / Product Owner Alison Hafera, PhD

Alison Hafera, PhD

Project Manager / Product Owner

PhD, Art History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Senior Editors

Academic Editor III, AJE Alyson Mack, PhD

Alyson Mack, PhD

Academic Editor III, AJE

PhD, Biology
University of California San Diego

Academic Editor II, AJE Carolyn Bentley, PhD

Carolyn Bentley, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Molecular Cancer Biology
Duke University

Quality Control Editor II, AJE Carrie Thurber, PhD

Carrie Thurber, PhD

Quality Control Editor II, AJE

PhD, Plant Genetics
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Academic Editor II, AJE Celia Pastoriza, MS

Celia Pastoriza, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Editor II, AJE Christine Zosche, MS

Christine Zosche, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Social Enterprise Administration
Columbia University

Academic Editor II, AJE Connie Oehring, MA

Connie Oehring, MA

Academic Editor II, AJE

MA, English/Creative Writing
University of Colorado Boulder

Academic Editor II, AJE Cory Reed, PhD

Cory Reed, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Geology and Geophysics
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Academic Editor II, AJE Dhruv Arora, PhD

Dhruv Arora, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Biological Chemistry
Stony Brook University

Academic Editor II, AJE Drew Haerer, MS

Drew Haerer, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke University

Academic Editor II, AJE Eileen Herrstrom, PhD

Eileen Herrstrom, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Geology
University of Iowa

Academic Editor II, AJE Eliza Cronkite, MS

Eliza Cronkite, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Earth Sciences
University of Maine

Academic Editor II, AJE Emily Fessenden, MS

Emily Fessenden, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Biomedical Engineering
University of Rochester

Academic Editor II, AJE Jason Bottcher, MS

Jason Bottcher, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Statistics
Texas A&M

Academic Editor III, AJE Jen Kirchhoff, PhD

Jen Kirchhoff, PhD

Academic Editor III, AJE

PhD, Physics
Florida State University

Academic Editor III, AJE Jenna MacArthur, PhD

Jenna MacArthur, PhD

Academic Editor III, AJE

PhD, Exercise Physiology
University of Florida

Academic Editor II, AJE Jessica Gardner, PhD

Jessica Gardner, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Chemistry
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Academic Editor II, AJE Joy Marshall, MS

Joy Marshall, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Biochemistry
University of South Carolina

Academic Editor II, AJE Katie Ames, PhD

Katie Ames, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Marine Science
University of South Florida

Quality Control Editor II, AJE Keenan Jenkins, PhD

Keenan Jenkins, PhD

Quality Control Editor II, AJE

PhD, Social Psychology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Academic Editor II, AJE Kerry Stricker, PhD

Kerry Stricker, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Ecology and Evolution
University of South Florida

Academic Editor II, AJE Kristen Kilpatrick, MS

Kristen Kilpatrick, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Chemistry
Duke University

Academic Editor II, AJE Larissa Milicic, PhD

Larissa Milicic, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Neutrino Physics
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Academic Editor II, AJE Laura Murray, PhD

Laura Murray, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Biochemistry
Duke University

Academic Editor II, AJE Libby Ritz, PhD

Libby Ritz, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Geology
Stanford University

Academic Editor II, AJE Mary Anderson, MS

Mary Anderson, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Ecology
University of California Irvine

Academic Editor III, AJE Matt Bayer, PhD

Matt Bayer, PhD

Academic Editor III, AJE

PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Academic Editor II, AJE Matt Dettinger, MS

Matt Dettinger, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Geoscience
University of Arizona

Academic Editor II, AJE Melissa Smith, PhD

Melissa Smith, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, English
University of Texas at Austin

Academic Editor II, AJE Mike Machczynski, PhD

Mike Machczynski, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Chemistry
Caltech

Academic Editor II, AJE Nellie Maestas, MS

Nellie Maestas, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Chemistry
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Academic Editor II, AJE Philip MacArthur, PhD

Philip MacArthur, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Molecular Pathology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Academic Editor III, AJE Regal Johnson, MS

Regal Johnson, MS

Academic Editor III, AJE

MS, Public Policy
University of Chicago

Quality Control Editor III, AJE Richard Gradman, PhD

Richard Gradman, PhD

Quality Control Editor III, AJE

PhD, Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Academic Editor II, AJE Russell Jones, PhD

Russell Jones, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Secondary Education
University of Illinois

Academic Editor II, AJE Scott Dworak, MS

Scott Dworak, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Horticulture
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Academic Editor II, AJE Shannon Thorn, MS

Shannon Thorn, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Speech-Language Pathology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Academic Editor II, AJE Shawn Styles, MS Ed.

Shawn Styles, MS Ed.

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS Ed., Counseling and Mental Health Services
University of Pennsylvania

Academic Editor III, AJE Z Kermani, PhD

Z Kermani, PhD

Academic Editor III, AJE

PhD, Study of Religion
Harvard University

Academic Editor II, AJE Tiffany Norton, PhD

Tiffany Norton, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Basic Medical Sciences
University of South Alabama

Academic Editor II, AJE Kylee Peterson, PhD

Kylee Peterson, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Biology
University of Washington

Academic Editor II, AJE Janine Albaugh, PhD

Janine Albaugh, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Ecophysiology
University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Academic Editor II, AJE Charles Del Dotto, PhD

Charles Del Dotto, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, English
Duke University

Academic Editor II, AJE Lindsay Leverett, PhD

Lindsay Leverett, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Ecology
Duke University

Academic Editor II, AJE Courey Averett, PhD

Courey Averett, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Biomedical Science
University of South Alabama

Academic Editor II, AJE Keri Tabb, PhD

Keri Tabb, PhD

Academic Editor II, AJE

PhD, Genetics
Clemson

Academic Editor II, AJE Jael Perales, MA

Jael Perales, MA

Academic Editor II, AJE

MA, Technical Communication
Texas State University - San Marcos

Customer Service Management

Vice President of Customer Service April Troester, PhD

April Troester, PhD

Vice President of Customer Service

PhD, Biochemistry
Duke University

Operations Director, Support Jenny Evans, BA

Jenny Evans, BA

Operations Director, Support

BA, Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Principal Research Communication Partner Michelle Ebbs, PhD, CCXP

Michelle Ebbs, PhD, CCXP

Principal Research Communication Partner

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins University

Operations Manager, Customer Partnership Sarah Smith-Brady, MA

Sarah Smith-Brady, MA

Operations Manager, Customer Partnership

MA, Hispanic Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Team Manager Sara Gardinier, BS

Sara Gardinier, BS

Team Manager

BS, Retail Merchandising
Ohio University

Team Manager, Customer Partnership Lynne Hyman, PhD

Lynne Hyman, PhD

Team Manager, Customer Partnership

PhD, Chemistry with an emphasis on Bioinorganic Chemistry
Duke University

China Support Team Manager Devin Liao, PhD

Devin Liao, PhD

China Support Team Manager

PhD, Journalism and Communication
Tsinghua University

Research Communication Partners

Senior Research Communication Partner Krysta Black Mazumdar, PhD

Krysta Black Mazumdar, PhD

Senior Research Communication Partner

PhD, Art History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Communication Partner Elizabeth Sung, PhD

Elizabeth Sung, PhD

Research Communication Partner

PhD, Biology
Johns Hopkins University

Research Communication Partner Kimberly Yasutis, PhD

Kimberly Yasutis, PhD

Research Communication Partner

PhD, Cell Biology
University of Virginia

Senior Research Communication Partner Sarah Conte, PhD

Sarah Conte, PhD

Senior Research Communication Partner

PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Texas at Austin

Research Communication Partner Aimee Talarski, PhD

Aimee Talarski, PhD

Research Communication Partner

PhD, Plant Molecular Biology
University of Texas at Austin

Research Communication Partner Ilouise Bradford, MA

Ilouise Bradford, MA

Research Communication Partner

MA, English and Comparative Literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Communication Partner Thomas Barbour, JD/LLM

Thomas Barbour, JD/LLM

Research Communication Partner

JD/LLM, Law/Taxation
University of Denver

Research Communication Partner Naomi Twery, PhD

Naomi Twery, PhD

Research Communication Partner

PhD, Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania

Research Communication Partner Lea Moore, PhD

Lea Moore, PhD

Research Communication Partner

PhD, Developmental Psychology
Duke University

Research Communication Partner Laura Conte, MSW

Laura Conte, MSW

Research Communication Partner

MSW, Social Work
University of Michigan

Research Communication Partner John Myers, CAS

John Myers, CAS

Research Communication Partner

CAS, Science Curriculum & Instruction
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Editing Services

Team Manager, Editing Jackie Chretien, PhD, ELS

Jackie Chretien, PhD, ELS

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California Berkeley

Team Manager, Editing Rachel Lovingood, MS, ELS

Rachel Lovingood, MS, ELS

Team Manager, Editing

MS, Cell Biology
Duke University

Team Manager, Editing Ginger Miley, PhD

Ginger Miley, PhD

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Developmental Biology
Washington University in St. Louis

Team Manager, Editing Amanda Morris, PhD

Amanda Morris, PhD

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Soil Science
North Carolina State University

Team Manager, Editing Luciana Leopold, PhD

Luciana Leopold, PhD

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Molecular Biology & Genetics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Team Manager, Editing Pam Fairbank, MA, ELS

Pam Fairbank, MA, ELS

Team Manager, Editing

MA, Cell & Molecular Biology
University of Texas at Austin

Team Manager, Editing Michael Paine, PhD, ELS

Michael Paine, PhD, ELS

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania

Team Manager, Editing Richard Boykin, MA

Richard Boykin, MA

Team Manager, Editing

MA, History
Indiana University

Team Manager, Editing Elizabeth Reischmann, PhD

Elizabeth Reischmann, PhD

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Geophysics
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Team Manager, Editing Robert Donovan, PhD

Robert Donovan, PhD

Team Manager, Editing

PhD, Comparative and Ecological Physiology
University of Colorado, Boulder

Team Manager, Editing Amanda Sheil, MPP

Amanda Sheil, MPP

Team Manager, Editing

MPP, Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

Academic Editor II, AJE Kari Parthasarathy, MS

Kari Parthasarathy, MS

Academic Editor II, AJE

MS, Genetics
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Team Manager, Editing Coryn Millander, MS

Coryn Millander, MS

Team Manager, Editing

MS, Geography
Louisiana State University

Translation and Illustration Services

Team Manager, Translation Daitao Chen, PhD

Daitao Chen, PhD

Team Manager, Translation

PhD, Organic Chemistry
Emory University

Team Manager, Translation Silvia Santos, PhD

Silvia Santos, PhD

Team Manager, Translation

PhD, Marine Ecology
University of Groningen

Senior Academic Illustrator Ashley Smith, PhD

Ashley Smith, PhD

Senior Academic Illustrator

PhD, Cancer Biology
Brown University

Business Development and Marketing

Marketing Director Alexis Rawls, BS

Alexis Rawls, BS

Marketing Director

BS in Marketing and Communications
University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Strategic Partnerships Manager Lindsay Miller, MA

Lindsay Miller, MA

Strategic Partnerships Manager

MA in Spanish
North Carolina State University

Greater China Marketing and Partnerships Manager Sharon Yi, MBA

Sharon Yi, MBA

Greater China Marketing and Partnerships Manager

MBA
University of Notre Dame

Global Accounts Manager Flá Jaszczak

Flá Jaszczak

Global Accounts Manager

Japan Accounts Manager Rebecca Barilovits, MA

Rebecca Barilovits, MA

Japan Accounts Manager

MA, East Asian Studies
Yale University

Engineering Team Manager Doug Sheffer, BS

Doug Sheffer, BS

Engineering Team Manager

BS, Computer Science
Michigan State University

Product Manager Laura Stemmle, PhD

Laura Stemmle, PhD

Product Manager

PhD, Biochemistry
Duke University

China Account Development Manager Andy Sang, MSc

Andy Sang, MSc

China Account Development Manager

MSc, Management
University of London, Birkbeck

Director, Partnership Solutions Neil Blair Christensen, MA

Neil Blair Christensen, MA

Director, Partnership Solutions

MA, Greenlandic and Arctic Studies
University of Copenhagen

Communications Manager Phillip Bogdan, MBC

Phillip Bogdan, MBC

Communications Manager

MBC, Business Communications
University of St. Thomas

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