Magdalena Skipper

Magdalena Skipper is a British geneticist and the editor-in-chief of the journal Nature.[2] She previously served as an editor of Nature Reviews Genetics[3][4] and the open access journal Nature Communications.

Magdalena Skipper
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Skipper speaking at Congreso Futuro in 2019
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham (BSc)
University of Cambridge (PhD)[1]
Scientific career
Springer Nature
Laboratory of Molecular Biology
University of Cambridge
Imperial Cancer Research Fund
ThesisPrimary sex determination mechanisms in Caenorhabditis elegans (1998)
Academic advisorsJonathan Hodgkin


Skipper obtained a bachelor's degree in genetics at the University of Nottingham.[5][6] She completed her PhD in 1998 at the University of Cambridge, where she worked in Jonathan Hodgkin's lab investigating sex-determination systems in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans.[1][7] She is a member of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[8]

Career and researchEdit

After completing her PhD she joined the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) at the University of Cambridge.[9][7] She briefly worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, working on the notch signaling pathway of zebrafish in gut development.[7][10]

Skipper joined Nature in 2001 as an associate editor for Nature Reviews Genetics.[7] During her editorship she interviewed several high-profile scientists including Anne McLaren,[11] Mario Capecchi[12] and Oliver Smithies.[13] In 2002 she was appointed chief editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, and was promoted to associate publisher in 2008.[14][15] She serves on the advisory board of the University of Oxford centre for personalised medicine.[16] Skipper worked briefly as Director for Scientific Communications at the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences in Seattle.[5][8]

In 2018 she worked with Nature and Estée Lauder Companies to launch a global award for women in science.[17][18] She became the first ever woman editor-in-chief of Nature in its 150-year history in May 2018, when she succeeded Philip Campbell.[19][20][2] She has stated that she intends to ensure that science is reproducible and robust, as well as doing more to support early-career researchers.[19]


  1. ^ a b Skipper, Magdalena (1998). Primary sex determination mechanisms in Caenorhabditis elegans. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 894603337. EThOS
  2. ^ a b Skipper, Magdalena (2018). "A welcome from the new Nature editor". Nature. 559 (7712): 6. Bibcode:2018Natur.559....6S. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05606-y. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 29968844.
  3. ^ Skipper, Magdalena (2015). "The peopling of Britain". Nature Reviews Genetics. 16 (5): 256–257. doi:10.1038/nrg3938. ISSN 1471-0056. PMID 25824870.  
  4. ^ Skipper, Magdalena (2015). "Strength in numbers in the low-frequency spectrum". Nature Reviews Genetics. 16 (11): 623. doi:10.1038/nrg4024. ISSN 1471-0056. PMID 26442638.  
  5. ^ a b Magda Skipper's ORCID 0000-0001-8707-8369
  6. ^ Skipper, Magdalena (2016-11-07). "Magdalena Skipper". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  7. ^ a b c d Anon (2018). "Dr Magdalena Skipper appointed editor-in-chief at Nature". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  8. ^ a b "Magdalena Skipper - Careers in Science 2017: Academia and beyond Symposium". Careers in Science 2017: Academia and beyond Symposium. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  9. ^ Skipper, M.; Milne, C. A.; Hodgkin, J. (1999). "Genetic and molecular analysis of fox-1, a numerator element involved in Caenorhabditis elegans primary sex determination". Genetics. 151 (2): 617–631. PMC 1460491. PMID 9927456.  
  10. ^ Codrops. "Prof. Magdalena Skipper". Archived from the original on 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  11. ^ Skipper, Magda (2007). "An Interview with Anne McLaren". Nature Reviews Genetics. 8 (6): 412. doi:10.1038/nrg2123. ISSN 1471-0056. PMID 17571324.
  12. ^ Skipper, Magda (2005). "An Interview With Mario Capecchi". Nature Reviews Genetics. 6 (6): 434. doi:10.1038/nrg1647. ISSN 1471-0056. PMID 15934189.
  13. ^ Skipper, Magda (2005). "An Interview With Oliver Smithies". Nature Reviews Genetics. 6 (5): 350. doi:10.1038/nrg1627. ISSN 1471-0056. PMID 15880879.
  14. ^ "ENCODE Project Telebriefing Participant Bios". National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  15. ^ NCCR Chemical Biology (2018-01-25), Career discovery: Science publishing (Magdalena Skipper), retrieved 2018-05-03
  16. ^ "People - Centre for Personalised Medicine". Archived from the original on 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  17. ^ "Spotlight on women in science with 2 global awards". 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  18. ^ "Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies launch global awards to celebrate inspirations for women in science". Springer Nature. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  19. ^ a b Else, Holly (2018). "Nature announces new editor-in-chief". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05060-w. ISSN 0028-0836.
  20. ^ "Glamour's New EIC Makes New Hires | People on the Move - Folio". Folio. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-03.

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Preceded by
Philip Campbell
Editor in Chief of Nature