Editorial Director (UK)
Damian obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from University College London, where he studied the development of sensory pathways in the laboratory of Prof Maria Fitzgerald. Having fallen in love with London, he stayed there for his post-doc, moving down the road to work with Stephen McMahon at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases at Kings College London. There he investigated the use of lentiviral vectors in treating spinal cord injury. An avid reader and writer, Damian was quickly lured away from the bench and into the world of science communication, starting his editorial career at the BMJ as a Scientific Editor on Clinical Evidence. He moved over to the online clinical resource, BMJ Best Practice shortly after its conception, firstly as Commissioning Editor, and then later as Senior Editor. While on Best Practice, he became fascinated by the possibilities created by the development of the semantic web and mobile technology, and helped develop the BMJ’s first iPhone app. He joined the Public Library of Science in February 2010. Damian sees PLOS ONE as the most exciting thing to happen to science publishing since the birth of the Internet, and is delighted to be part of such a ground-breaking project.