A University of Lincoln Life Sciences graduate will be supporting the editorial process for a new and innovative open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Joe Salter, 22, who completed a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Lincoln (UK), has been appointed Publishing Assistant for eLife – a new Cambridge-based scientific journal for the biomedical and life sciences.

A joint international initiative between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, eLife will be a platform for extending the reach and influence of new discoveries and will also showcase new approaches to the presentation, use and assessment of research.

Joe, who currently lives in Salisbury, said: “It is hugely exciting to be part of a new and modern company that is working to change the way scientific publishing works. The subjects covered by the Biomedical Science course at the University of Lincoln have given me an in-depth understanding of a broad range of topics within biomedical and life sciences. I always knew I had a passion for science but it is the three years I spent at Lincoln that really helped to hone my skills.”

Within his new role Joe will be responsible for supporting authors, reviewers and editors throughout the editorial process. He will also provide technical and quality checks on submissions, monitor journal metrics, and update the eLife website and co-ordinate content throughout the production process.

Immediately prior to his interview with eLife, Joe was on an internet-based “virtual” internship offered to him by Dr Timothy Bates from the University’s School of Life Sciences. Joe and Dr Bates created a science blog on mitochondria and cancer chemotherapy called “Mitochondrial ME”.

Mitochondria are the primary means by which cells generate the energy they require and have been implicated in a wide range of clinical conditions, including cancers and neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr Bates has shown that several drugs used for treating other diseases have actions on mitochondria in cancer cells, and can decrease the incidence of brain tumours (Gliomas) and colo-rectal cancer in humans.

Joe’s blog aims to serve as a platform to inform scientists and students as to how mitochondria function and their role in disease.

Dr Bates said: “I was pleased to be able to offer an opportunity to one of the University of Lincoln’s 2012 Biomedical Science graduates and to help him win this graduate level position at a prestigious new internet-based, open-access science journal.”

To read Joe’s blog go to http://mitochondrialme.wordpress.com/

For more on eLife go to http://www.elifesciences.org/about/

For more information on Dr Bates’ research go to http://staff.lincoln.ac.uk/tbates