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Meet the Editors: Cell Host & Microbe’s Caeul Lim to Attend Upcoming HIV Meetings


At the upcoming “HIV Pathogenesis & Cure” and “HIV Vaccines” joint meetings, Editor Caeul Lim, PhD, of Cell Press will be on the hunt for the latest advances and trends in HIV research.  As Scientific Editor at Cell Host & Microbe and Trends Reviews, a portfolio of 16 different Review titles at Cell Press, she is on the look out for both ongoing primary research stories, as well as review ideas covering new insights and directions in the field.

The global HIV pandemic has caused a staggering 35 million deaths to date, and after decades of research and development, there is still no cure.  Currently, 37 million people are living with HIV infection and will likely succumb to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) without lifelong antiretroviral therapy. The goal of this conference is to bring together an amalgamation of basic and applied scientists to work together on functional cures and eradication of HIV, in an effort to not only better understand HIV treatment strategies but also the emerging technologies and approaches that will enable the eventual eradication of HIV.

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In this Q/A, Caeul Lim, PhD, of Cell Press’ Cell Host & Microbe and Trends reviews tells us what she is looking for at the upcoming HIV meeting

How does this conference fit into the research landscape of the field?

HIV research has been at the core of host-microbe pathogenesis field, as well as our journal (Cell Host & Microbe). Despite considerable advances in our understanding of HIV and its pathogenesis, there are still strides to make to achieve HIV prevention and cure. It is thus a major conference that we would not miss!  As scientific editor at Cell Host & Microbe as well as a Trends reviews editor, I am excited to hear about both ongoing primary research, as well as review ideas!

Why is it important for editors to attend Keystone Symposia meetings?

It is quite a privilege as an editor to attend Keystone Symposia as it gives us the chance to hear and discuss more about ongoing research before it reaches our editorial table in the confined form of a manuscript. In addition to these individual stories, I think it is also important for editors to see the bigger picture and future directions of the field.

Keystone Symposia meetings allow us to see what excites the community, new scientific questions that are arising, and new directions and strategies researchers in the field are taking on.

What’s the best way for attendees to get in touch with you at the meeting?

            • You can email me at clim@cell.com
            • Or follow me on twitter @galette86

Let me know if you want to schedule a short meeting during coffee breaks, and you will see me at every session and roaming between posters!

What motivated you to choose a career in science publishing and editing?

This is a common story among editors, but my favorite part of my PhD was when I was writing my thesis. While I enjoyed bench work, I enjoyed thinking about science and ways to communicate it to an audience even more. After spending many years focused on one specific question (cell tropism of a malaria parasite), I was also eager to learn about all the other fascinating microbes. Scientific editing and publishing seemed like a good fit, and I was right.

I am constantly learning new biology, and constantly thinking of ways to better communicate research from experts to a broader audience.

What qualities do you think are important to be a good scientific editor?

Communication is key! We need to be able to communicate clearly with our authors, reviewers, other editors, and our readers. Being curious about various scientific topic, and your willingness to explore and understand research outside your comfort zone is also very important.


About the Author

Caeul Lim, PhD

Scientific Editor, Cell Host & Microbe/ Trends Reviews (Cell Press)

Dr. Lim joined Cell Press in August of 2018. She splits her time equally between Cell Host & Microbe (a primary research journal focused on host-microbe interactions), and the larger Trends portfolio (16 different Review titles at Cell Press).

Dr. Lim trained as a microbiologist and parasitologist at Harvard University, USA, continuing her research as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID, NIH). She is originally from South Korea, although she spent much of her formative years in Mauritania, West Africa.





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Shannon Weiman
Shannon Weiman earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in microbiology and immunology. Prior to joining the Keystone Symposia team, she worked as a freelance writer for leaders in academic, industry and government research, including Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Initiative, the University of Colorado’s Biofrontiers Program, UCSF, the FDA and the American Society for Microbiology.

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