Magdalena Skipper, PhD, is Editor-in-Chief, Nature Communications at Springer Nature. She previously hold the position of Director for Scientific Communications and Publishing at Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences in Seattle. She also worked as a Senior Editor at Nature responsible for genetics, genomics and biotechnology. Her editorial experience includes seven years as a Senior Editor at Nature and seven years on Nature Reviews Genetics, six of which were spent as the Chief Editor of the journal. During her time at Nature Publishing Group she also held positions of Executive Editor and Associate Publisher. Prior to entering the world of scientific publishing she was a Postdoctoral Research fellow at Imperial Cancer Research UK (now CRUK) in London, where she investigated cell fate determining mechanisms in the developing gut epithelium, in a variety of vertebrate models. She completed her doctoral research work studying sex determination in C. elegans at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK. During her time in Cambridge she was a member of Corpus Christi College. She obtained her First Class BSc Hons degree in Genetics from the University of Nottingham.