Katherine Smith

I am a Senior Editor at Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology. I have a strong background in clinical research, scientific publishing and project management.

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I have worked in publishing since my research fellowship at the University of Nottingham in 2009. I enjoy communicating science in an entertaining and engaging way.

Nature Publishing Group — Senior Editor, previously Associate Editor

My work at NPG involves the commissioning, peer reviewing and editing (both substantive and copyediting) of review and opinion-based articles to the house style and press deadlines. I identify and write research highlights on the latest developments in clinical sciences, and regularly attend international conferences to network, promote the journal and learn about new advances in clinical science. I have managed multiple projects to tight deadlines for the NPG Clinical Sciences division, requiring clear communication and excellent time mamangement skills. Additionally, I train new starters in editing and writing, as well as assist the Chief Editor in the day-to-day running of the journal and strategic planning.

I currently work on Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology; before this I was an Associate Editor for all eight journals in the Clinical Sciences division at NPG.

Project management work
Journal of Cell Science — Reviews Editorial Intern

Commissioned articles on a range of topics from specialists across the field of cell biology. Represented the journal at international conferences. Sent articles for peer review and developmentally edited review and poster articles to meet agreed standards and deadlines.

Projects during internship
University of Nottingham — Research Fellowship

Clinical research focused on characterising the role of Helicobacter pylori virulence proteins in usurping cellular signalling pathways, a process caused by this pathogen that is key in promoting inflammation and the development of subsequent stomach cancer. My research was presented in oral and poster presentations at an international conference and has led to a co-author publication.

Examples of science writing

I was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Cambridge in 2009. My thesis title is Manipulation of the Host Actin Cytoskeleton by Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli.

I have a B.Sc. (I) from the University of Birmingham in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.