Former Founding Executive Director, Public Library of Science
Graduating from Bowdoin College in 1981 with degrees in biochemistry and mathematics, Vivian Siegel obtained her Ph.D. in 1987 from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She did her graduate work in the laboratory of Peter Walter, where she studied protein targeting to the endoplasmic reticulum. She then switched to the field of Drosophila developmental genetics, doing postdoctoral work in the laboratories of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (Tübingen, Germany) and Yuh Nung Jan (UCSF), where she studied anterior-posterior patterning and oogenesis.
After 13 years in bench research, Vivian joined the staff of Cell in 1994 as a Senior Editor. She assisted in the launch of Molecular Cell and was promoted to deputy editor of both journals in 1998 and then succeeded Benjamin Lewin as editor in 1999. She was also the launch editor of Developmental Cell, which debuted in 2001.
She joined Public Library of Science in January 2003 as its founding executive director, where she remained through September 2005. In June, she began a sabbatical at University of California, San Francisco. Her interests range from basic cell and developmental biology to cancer and infectious disease to science communication and science policy.