Biology Editorial Director; Chief Editor, PLOS Biology (U.K.)
Theodora Bloom has a PhD from Cambridge (working with Martin Johnson, on the cell biology of preimplantation mouse development) and worked as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School (with Joan Ruderman, working on cell-cycle regulation). She moved into publishing as an editor on the biology team at Nature, and in 1992 joined the fledgling journal Current Biology. After a number of years helping to develop Current Biology and its siblings Structure and Chemistry & Biology, Theo was drawn to join the beginnings of the open access movement. As the founding editor of Genome Biology she was closely involved in the birth of the commercial open access publisher BioMed Central, where she remained for several years, ultimately as Editorial Director for Biology. After a spell as a freelance publishing consultant working with a variety of clients she joined PLOS in 2008.