Our Editing Team

Our Editing Team

Our editors are English speakers with extensive experience in plant biology research and writing. They understand the importance of confidentiality and rapid turnaround as you prepare your manuscript, grant application, cover letter, or review.

Founding Editors

Kathy FarquharsonKathleen L. Farquharson earned a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MSc in Genetics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Kathy works as a Science Editor for The Plant Cell and lives in Belmont, California. Her interests include plant cell and molecular biology, the cell wall, tip growth, the cytoskeleton, and ion dynamics. Read more about Kathy.

Nancy R. Hofmann

Nancy R. Hofmann holds a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California at Davis and a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College. Nancy currently works as a Science Editor for The Plant Cell and resides in Socorro, New Mexico. Her areas of expertise include biochemistry, molecular biology, protein targeting, and organelle biology. Read more about Nancy.

Jennifer M. Mach earned a PhD in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA from Williams College. Jen currently works as a Science Editor for The Plant Cell and resides in Chicago, Illinois. Her areas of expertise include plant cell death and disease resistance, chromosome dynamics, and biofuels. Read more about Jen M.

Senior Science Editor

Jennifer LockhartJennifer A. Lockhart earned a PhD in Botany from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Jen works as a Science Editor for The Plant Cell and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her areas of expertise include plant development, molecular biology, plant transformation, and phytohormones. Read more about Jen L.

Science Editors

sherrard_headshotKristin M. Sherrard earned a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and an MSc in Geology at the University of Washington. Her areas of expertise include evolutionary biology and ecology. In addition to editing for Plant Editors, she studies cell crawling in fruit flies. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. Read more about Kristin.

Cheryl MartinCheryl A. Martin earned an MSc in Crop Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BSc in Horticulture Science from Colorado State University. In addition to editing for Plant Editors she is an Agronomic Writer. Cheryl lives in Chicago, Illinois. Her interests include plant pathology and breeding crops for improved disease and insect resistance. Read more about Cheryl.

martin_headshotLisa A. Martin studied Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, UK, holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Science Education, and is a member of the Association of British Science Writers. With a varied employment history centered on science communication, Lisa is now a freelance science editor, writer, and communicator, particularly interested in plant science. Read more about Lisa.

Kimberley T. Tilbrook earned her PhD in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Queensland, Australia. During a number of postdoctoral positions, she developed further expertise in diverse fields, from plant photobiology to nitrogen assimilation. Kimberley currently works as a freelance science editor and writer, and relishes the things she learns with each job. Read more about Kimberley.

Aline H. Valster-Koning holds a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a MSc in Plant Breeding from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.  Aline’s interests include plant cell biology and biochemistry. In addition to editing for Plant Editors, Aline teaches Academic Writing at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Read more about Aline.

sarah_headshotSarah B. Jose  recently completed her PhD in Plant Biology at the University of Bristol, UK, and has a BSc (Hons.) in Biology from Cardiff University, UK. Sarah currently works as a freelance science writer, editor, and communicator, specializing in plant science and genetics. Sarah lives in Cornwall, UK. Read more about Sarah.

Science Editor Handling Post-Acceptance Papers Only

Emily R. Larson received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont. Her current research includes how vesicle transport machinery and endomembrane identity support plant cell growth and function. Outside of research, Emily is interested in undergraduate biology education, science communication, and community outreach. Emily lives in Glasgow, UK. Read more about Emily.