About the Editors

Chief Editor: Ursula Hofer, MD PhD ORCID 

Ursula completed the MD PhD programme of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in molecular biology. She studied HIV’s effects on the gastrointestinal tract and how the virus and gut microbiota interact to disturb the immune system. As a postdoctoral researcher, Ursula contributed to a HIV gene-therapy project at the University of Southern California, USA. In early 2013, Ursula started her career in scientific publishing as an Associate Editor of Nature Reviews Microbiology. After helping to launch Nature Reviews Disease Primers in 2015, she joined the journal again as Chief Editor. During 2020, Ursula was on secondment as Senior Editor at Nature, handling Covid-19 papers.


Senior Editor: Andrea Du Toit, PhD ORCID

Andrea obtained her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, investigating the mechanisms of crosstalk between the glucocorticoid receptor and GPCR signalling pathways. During her postdoctoral studies she continued to research novel mechanisms of rapid, non‑genomic reciprocal receptor crosstalk, and she also developed an interest in crosstalk between the HIV-1 Vpr protein and the host glucocorticoid receptor in modulating host and viral gene regulation. In 2012, she decided to pursue her career in science publishing and joined the Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology team before moving to Nature Reviews Microbiology.


Senior Editor: Ashley York, DPhil ORCID

Ashley studied at University College London, UK, gaining a first class degree in Biology before earning a DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK. During his doctoral studies, he investigated the molecular mechanisms of influenza virus genome replication with Professor Ervin Fodor at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. He then joined the Laboratory of Retrovirology at The Rockefeller University, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr Paul Bieniasz. During this time, his research focussed on understanding intrinsic immune proteins that restrict HIV infection. Ashley joined the Nature Reviews Microbiology editorial team in 2016.

The editors of Nature Reviews Microbiology are based in London, UK.