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Meet the Editors: Cell Host and Microbe Editor Lakshmi Goyal on The Global Virome Meeting

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Meetings on emerging topics like The Global Virome are important not only for researchers to explore new scientific frontiers, but also for Editors of journals who must have their ear to the ground to keep abreast of new research directions and trends in their fields. Dr. Lakshmi Goyal, Editor-in-Chief of the Cell Press journal Cell Host and Microbe manages the overall strategic direction and operations for the journal, so for her “The Global Virome in Health and Disease” meeting will be an essential glimpse into this emerging hot topic in the field.

In this Q/A, Dr. Goyal tells us about her role as Editor-in-Chief of Cell Host and Microbe, and her goals in attending “The Global Virome” meeting.

The meeting, which will be held in Tahoe City, California, March 1-4, will cover diverse insights and implications of Virome research, including:

Virome Signatures in Human Disease: New discoveries of viromes associated with lung transplant, inflammatory bowel disease and various other disease states provide insights into potential disease pathology, and opportunities to utilize viromes as medical biomarkers.

Viromes Shaping Immunity: The role of viromes in shaping our immune status, both directly and indirectly by influencing bacterial communities within us, is critical to our health. Researchers are now studying these roles to expose previously unknown disease mechanisms and reveal novel strategies for intervention.

Viromes in and across Ecosystems: From coral reefs to agriculture, viromes shape the ecosystems that surround us with important impacts on ecological and productivity outcomes. Researchers are exploring both their commensal and pathological roles and functions to guide conservation efforts, food security measures and many other aspects of environmental biology.

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In this Q/A, Dr. Goyal tells us about her role as Editor-in-Chief of Cell Host and Microbe, and her goals in attending “The Global Virome” meeting

Image quote from Lakshmi Goyal: Learning about ongoing (preferably unpublished) science in the field is the most important and enjoyable thing for me as an editor. Keystone Symposia meetings are great opportunities for me to learn what's happening at the forefront of the field and to engage with scientists doing the work."

An Interview with Dr. Lakshmi Goyal, Ph.D on The Global Virome

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

Dr. Goyal: While a lot has been learned in recent years about the microbiome (mainly bacteria), we know much less about the viruses that control the microbiome. Thus,

Understanding the virome, which is just emerging, can tell us about how the microbiome is regulated, and it has the potential to serve as a handle to manipulate specific bacteria within the microbiome.

So, I think understanding virome composition, function, and regulation is fundamental and critical. This is an exciting and emerging field!

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

Dr. Goyal: Learning about great ongoing (preferably unpublished) science in the field is the most important and enjoyable aspect of my job as an editor.

Keystone Symposia meetings are great opportunities for me to learn what’s happening at the forefront of the field and to engage with scientists doing the work.

What’s your top tip for a scientist looking to publish in your journal?

Dr. Goyal: Do great work to address an important question in the field, craft a well-written paper, and contact us!  But remember that there is no substitute for solid data to support the conclusions.

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

Dr. Goyal:

    • Email me at lgoyal@cell.com and arrange for a time and place to speak.
    • Catch me at the sessions, coffee breaks, and poster sessions (yes, I attend those).
    • Send a DM via our twitter account: @cellhostmicrobe.

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

Dr. Goyal:

    • Broad interest in science and the scientific endeavor
    • Curiosity about science outside your immediate area of research
    • The ability to quickly grasp the broader interest in a paper or talk and to put it into context
    • Being able to distill the core concepts in a paper and express them concisely (in writing and verbally)

 

About the Author

Lakshmi Goyal, PhD

Editor-in-Chief of Cell Host and Microbe, Publishing Director at Cell Press

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Dr. Goyal joined Cell Press in February 2001 as a Senior Editor on Cell. In 2006, she was appointed the launch Editor of Cell Host and Microbe, a new primary research journal focused on host-microbe interactions. In August 2017, Goyal was additionally appointed as a Publishing Director with strategic and managerial responsibility for several journals at Cell Press.

Before joining Cell Press, Dr. Goyal was a postdoctoral fellow in the biology department at MIT. She obtained her PhD from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Goyal holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from institutions in India.

 

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Shannon Weiman
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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