Scientific editing and translation

A few of our roster editors

President and Editor-in-Chief

Rick_Weisburd Rick Weisburd grew up in New York and earned his B.S. in biology (minor in chemistry) from the State University of New York at Albany. His PhD is in oceanography (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Since moving to Japan in 1990, Rick did research for 6 years at the National Institute for Environmental Studies and then taught and did research at the University of Tsukuba biology department for 9 years. After incorporating his editing and translation business as ELSS, Inc., he resigned from the university in 2006 to assume the presidency of the new company. Rick has taught research communication at various research institutions every year since 1996. He is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and served as the Board's Councilor for Certification Exam Development from 2011 to 2017. Rick lives with his wife in Tsukuba, Japan and when not working, goes outside to enjoy skiing, cycling, and bodysurfing.


Alexandra V. (Sasha) Andreeva has an MSc in Biology/Biochemistry, a PhD in Chemistry, and 35 years in science. She worked as a Named Investigator in Oxford (UK) and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Pharmacology and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (USA). She has contributed in chloroplast biology, membrane trafficking, endothelial signaling, and protein phosphorylation; she has authored about 60 papers, reviews, and book chapters and peer reviewed for such journals as PloS One, BMC Genomics, and Plant Physiology. She has been editing for ELSS since 2012. Sasha is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS; 2015) and has served on the BELS exam development committee since 2017. She is multilingual, enjoys traveling and is currently based in Oxford. 
Lisa DiDonato Brousseau (MS, ELS) earned a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Rochester. At Arizona State University, she earned a M.S. in zoology and a Graduate Certificate in Scholarly Publishing. She also earned a Certificate in Technical Writing from Portland Community College and is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. Lisa has been working as a freelance copyeditor since 1995, with clients ranging from the journal Evolution to university presses to individual scientists working in a broad range of fields. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two sons, and two old cats.
Paul Church grew up in the UK and earned his Bsc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences from Liverpool John Moores University in 2002. He has worked for various international companies including Alliance Healthcare in the UK and Astellas Pharma in Japan. His experience spans the breadth of drug development from entity discovery, clinical development, and formulation through to manufacture and pharmacovigilance. Paul has been a freelance editor since 2007 and he currently lives in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. 
Gen Del Raye grew up in Kyoto, Japan and earned his B.S. and M.S. in biology from Stanford University. His PhD is in oceanography (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Gen's background includes fish ecophysiology, climate change impacts, and exercise physiology. He has been working as a freelance translator and editor since 2015. Gen's translations include The Sea of Japan: Unraveling the Mysteries of its Hidden Depths, published by JPIC. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Robert Dennen received his BS (2008) in geology from Virginia Tech and dual MS degrees (2011) in geology from SUNY University at Buffalo and Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France), focusing on physical volcanology. He worked as a writer/editor and research assistant at the Global Volcanism Program (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History). Robert began his career as a freelance Earth science editor in 2015, and maintains an active interest in current research in volcanology and igneous petrology.
Alex Forbes completed a BSc (geology and geophysics) at the University of Sydney in 1973 and then worked for 15 years in the petroleum exploration industry, mainly in Australia and Southeast Asia. He then worked for the Western Australian government from 1988 to 2004, where he edited geoscience books and maps published by the Geological Survey of Western Australia and, in later years, managed their publication section. Since 2004 Alex has been a freelance editor working mainly with authors in the fields of earth and environmental science.
Amy LB Frazier (BS, general and molecular biology; DVM) began her career in scientific editing informally at Vanderbilt University, by editing her husband’s dissertation and then those of several lab mates. One faculty mentor quipped that any dissertation that Amy ‘passed’ sailed through full-committee review! She briefly practiced veterinary medicine (birds, herps, and other pocket pets) before accepting a postdoctoral fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and then a research assistantship at a biotech start-up outside Seattle. Thereafter, Amy joined the Department of Scientific Editing at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she enjoyed collaborating with physicians and researchers from all over the globe. Amy has worked with ELSS for more than 20 years and as a freelance medical and scientific editor for almost 30 years. She and her family now live in the beautiful Blue Ridge region of Virginia, where Amy volunteers at a local organization to help raise and train puppies for careers as service dogs. 
Robert Freeman is a BELS-certified editor specializing in pharmaceuticals and the life sciences. Robert spent many happy years at the University of Western Australia exploring as many different areas of the sciences as he could before graduating in 1987 with a BSc (ostensibly majoring in computer science and theoretical linguistics, but with the greater part of his time spent studying Japanese). Of his subsequent 8 years or so in Japan, 5 were spent at the Mishima Institute for Dermatological Research (三嶋皮膚科学研究所) in Kobe studying molecular biology and honing his craft of scientific editing. In January 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake destroyed the lab and Robert returned to Australia. Robert has been working as a freelance editor ever since. Robert currently lives on a farm in the southwest of Western Australia with his wife and 2 children plus 15 sheep, 20 chickens, 2 cows, and 2 goats.
Geoffrey Hart has more than 35 years experience as a scientific editor and technology-transfer specialist (7 years with the Canadian Forest Service, 10 years with, and 4 years as a freelancer). In 2007, Geoff was named a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, the world's largest professional group of technical communicators, in recognition of his work as a teacher and mentor, and for his work in international communication of science. He has given lectures and workshops on writing for journals, scientific communication, editing, and translation to graduate students and working professionals in North America, India, and China, and his talks have consistently rated within the top 5 to 10% at conferences.
Edward Laws received his A.B in chemistry (1967) and Ph.D. in chemical physics (1972) from Harvard University. After spending three years as an instructor in the oceanography department at Florida State University, he joined the oceanography department at the University of Hawaii in 1974, where he worked for the next 30 years. In 2005 he joined the newly formed School of the Coast & Environment at Louisiana State University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of two textbooks, one on mathematical methods for oceanographers, and the other on aquatic pollution. The latter has been translated into both Japanese and Chinese.
Sally Matsuura holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of London and a master’s degree in Advanced Japanese Studies from the University of Sheffield. From 2009 to 2019 she worked for the research division of Chugai giving language support, which included editing their journal submissions related to antibodies and small molecules. This work required close collaboration with the biology, chemistry, pharmacology, and technical departments. She is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and started editing for ELSS in 2020. She believes all scientific writing needs to be accessible to the broadest possible range of readers, across all specializations. Sally currently divides her time between England and Japan, spending time with family in London and Kamakura. 
Lucy Muir earned her degree in Natural Sciences (Geology) from the University of Cambridge (1997) and then undertook an MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol (1999). After gaining her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2004, she worked as a curator at the Natural History Museum (London), a freelance geological consultant, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology. She has been a freelance editor since 2013, and also continues her palaeontological research. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, mostly on Ordovician fossils.
Ann Munroe received a bachelor's degree in veterinary science in 1979 from the University of Sydney. After several years in small animal veterinary practice she began working as a medical writer for Sterling Pharmaceuticals in Sydney; she later became a science editor for the NSW Government. In 1989 she gained an Associate Diploma in Health Sciences. She is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has been a freelance science editor since 1990.
Virginia M. (Ginger) Peschke earned MS and PhD degrees in Plant Breeding from the University of Minnesota. She then spent 15 years as a plant genetics researcher in both university and industry settings, with hands-on experience ranging from molecular biology in the laboratory to crop yield testing in the field. In 2005, Ginger became a self-employed writer and editor, and she is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She has written and edited journal manuscripts, laboratory protocols, and teaching materials for academic and corporate laboratories, science publishers, and individual authors. Ginger lives near Saint Louis, Missouri, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
NaomiRuffCropped2Naomi L Ruff earned a PhD in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, as well as a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland. In 2000, after 15 years of research in genetics, plant biochemistry, cancer biology, and neuroscience laboratories, she became a full-time science editor and writer. She has been certified as an editor by the Board of Editors in Life Sciences and has edited hundreds of journal manuscripts, grant applications, and other documents for researchers and physicians, including many written by non-native speakers of English.
Matthew Stevens (MS, ELS-D) has a bachelor's degree in agricultural science from the University of Sydney and an MAppSci degree in agricultural extension from the University of Western Sydney. He has worked as a scientific editor for over 30 years, and with ELSS since 1995. Matthew holds the highest accreditation in scientific editing, and is author of two books: Subtleties of Scientific Style and Writing Science in English: A guide for Japanese scientists. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two cats.
Bob Wathen has more than 30 years experience in academic editing and has edited for ELSS since 2006. He specializes in economics and in multidisciplinary areas where socioeconomics and science intersect, including climate change, energy and natural resources, and sustainable development. Bob has worked for universities, research organizations, government agencies, and publishers throughout the world. He earned degrees in economics and chemistry from the University of Illinois and was certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences in 1994.
Kim Woolcock has a Master’s in Biology from Duke University and a Bachelor’s (Hons) in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. She was the Exhibits Director for the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC before becoming a freelance science editor and writer in 2011. She is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has been editing for ELSS since 2017. She also writes science books for kids, and is the author of It’s Tough to be Tiny (Flying Eye, 2022) and Design Like Nature: Biomimicry for a Healthy Planet (2021). She lives on a small island off the coast of BC with her husband, son, dog, chickens, and bees.