Magdalena Skipper

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

Magda Skipper
Magdalena Skipper
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham (BSc)
University of Cambridge (PhD)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsSpringer Nature
Imperial Cancer Research Fund
ThesisPrimary sex determination mechanisms in Caenorhabditis elegans (1998)


Skipper obtained a bachelors degree in genetics at the University of Nottingham.[4][5] 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][6] She was a member of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[7]

Career and researchEdit

After completing her PhD she joined the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge.[8][6] She briefly worked as a postdoctoral Fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, working on the notch signaling pathway of zebrafish in gut development.[6][9]

Skipper joined Nature in 2001 as an Associate Editor for Nature Reviews Genetics.[6] She is interested in innovations in science publishing.[10][11][12] In 2002 she became Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, and was promoted to Associate Publisher in 2008.[13][14] She serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Oxford Centre for Personalised Medicine.[15] Skipper worked briefly as Director for Scientific Communications at the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences in Seattle.[4][7]

In 2018 she worked with Nature and Estée Lauder Companies to launch a global award for women in science.[16][17] She became the first ever woman editor-in-chief of Nature in its 150-year history in May 2018, when she succeeded Philip Campbell .[18][19] She has stated that she intends to ensure that science is reproducible and robust, as well as doing more to support early-career researchers.[18]


  1. ^ a b Skipper, Magdalena (1998). Primary sex determination mechanisms in Caenorhabditis elegans. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 894603337. EThOS
  2. ^ Skipper, Magdalena (2015). "The peopling of Britain". Nature Reviews Genetics. 16 (5): 256–257. doi:10.1038/nrg3938. ISSN 1471-0056.  
  3. ^ Skipper, Magdalena (2015). "Strength in numbers in the low-frequency spectrum". Nature Reviews Genetics. 16 (11): 623–623. doi:10.1038/nrg4024. ISSN 1471-0056.  
  4. ^ a b Magda Skipper's Entry at ORCID
  5. ^ Skipper, Magdalena (2016-11-07). "Magdalena Skipper". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  6. ^ a b c d Anon (2018). "Dr Magdalena Skipper appointed editor-in-chief at Nature". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  7. ^ a b "Magdalena Skipper - Careers in Science 2017: Academia and beyond Symposium". Careers in Science 2017: Academia and beyond Symposium. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  8. ^ 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.  
  9. ^ Codrops. "Prof. Magdalena Skipper". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  10. ^ "Editors | Nature Communications". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  11. ^ "Publishing ENCODE: The Use of Interactive Graphics for Navigation and Exploration of Research - Biokemisk Forening". (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  12. ^ ""The Future of Scientific Publishing", Magdalena Skipper (Senior Editor, Nature)". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  13. ^ "ENCODE Project Telebriefing Pariticipant Bios". National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  14. ^ NCCR Chemical Biology (2018-01-25), Career discovery: Science publishing (Magdalena Skipper), retrieved 2018-05-03
  15. ^ "People - Centre for Personalised Medicine". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  16. ^ "Spotlight on women in science with 2 global awards". Saudigazette. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  17. ^ "Nature Research and The Estée Lauder Companies launch global awards to celebrate inspirations for women in science | Group | Springer Nature". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  18. ^ a b Else, Holly (2018). "Nature announces new editor-in-chief". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05060-w. ISSN 0028-0836.
  19. ^ "Glamour's New EIC Makes New Hires | People on the Move - Folio:". Folio:. 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
Preceded by
Philip Campbell
Editor in Chief of Nature