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Meet The GEN Team

GEN Staff

Kevin Davies Ph.D., Editor-at-Large

Kevin has almost three decades’ experience in science publishing as an editor, journalist, author and publisher. He is the founding editor of Nature Genetics and Bio-IT World magazine, and has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press and the publisher of Chemical & Engineering News. Kevin is also the author of four popular science books including Cracking the Genome, The $1,000 Genome, and an updated version of DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution with James D. Watson and Andrew Berry. Kevin joined Mary Ann Liebert Inc. in 2017 to spearhead the launch of The CRISPR Journal and serve as Editor-at-Large for GEN.

John Sterling, Editor in Chief

John joined Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News as an assistant editor in 1984 and became editor-in-chief in 1989. He holds a B.S. in biology from CCNY and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota. John also was a graduate student at Hunter College where he majored in biological anthropology, focusing on the morphological and genetic aspects of human evolution.

He is an active member of the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Association of Anthropological Genetics and has received journalism fellowships from the University of Minnesota, the University of Maryland, and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University. He is a frequent guest speaker and moderator of biotechnology panel discussions at conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In 2009, John was selected to serve as co-chair of the program committee for the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual conference in Chicago in May 2010.

John is a former intercollegiate ice hockey player at CCNY and still lives and dies with the New York Rangers.

Kevin Mayer, Senior Editor

Kevin joined GEN in 2013 after a brief stint at, a blog about popular science events in New York City. Previously, Kevin covered technology-based economic development, contributing columns to Trade & Industry Development, which focuses on state-led industry-clustering efforts, and serving in various editorial capacities at Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC), which promotes the democratization of telephony development via PC technology.

Kevin also has extensive experience in educational publishing. For example, at Grolier/Scholastic, he contributed updates to a range on print and online science references while augmenting the physical science coverage of an online textbook. Whether adding chapters, timelines, or special features, Kevin strove to create content that was not only comprehensive and informative but also engaging.

After graduating from Union College with a B.S. in chemistry, Kevin did some environmental work but soon gravitated toward publishing. Like many who began pursuing academic science publishing, his first job was at Plenum (before it was acquired by Kluwer). He also worked at the New York Academy of Sciences, mostly on biomedical proceedings.

Jeffrey S. Buguliskis, Ph.D., Technical Editor

Jeff joined GEN in 2015. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Thomas Jefferson University, where until recently he was a research faculty member. He has a broad background in the life sciences with particular expertise in molecular parasitology.

Jeff is a devoted Philadelphia sports fan and a self-described foodie.

Alex Philippidis, Senior News Editor

Alex Philippidis specializes in biopharma business news and industry issues for GEN. Alex joined GEN in 2011 after four years at GenomeWeb L.L.C., where he covered research institutes and spent three years following biotech economic development as editor of the weekly newsletter BioRegion News. Previously, Alex worked more than 20 years for various newspapers covering business, science, Navy, and general-interest news. He has been interviewed and quoted by news outlets that include The New York Times and the BBC.

Alex enjoys solving crossword puzzles, watching classic TV game shows, and traveling with his family.

Julianna LeMieux, Ph.D., Senior Science Writer

Julianna received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University School of Medicine where she studied Streptococcus pneumoniae followed by a post-doc at MIT, working on the nematode C. elegans. She then spent several years teaching as an assistant professor, during which she realized her passion for science communication. She has been writing ever since and is thrilled to join the team at GEN.

She served as a faculty member in the Citizen Science program at Bard College both on campus and at the Taconic Correctional Facility through the Bard prison initiative. She currently teaches microbiology at City College of New York.

She lives in NYC and loves exploring the city with her family. Although she is only a recreational runner, she crossed the finish line of the NYC marathon in 2017 and intends to do so again this year. You can follow her on twitter @julemieux1.

James Lambo, Art Director

James has worked with the GEN team since 1997. He joined the staff as art director in 2006. Before joining GEN he was an art director for a calendar company on the west coast. He enjoys the ever advancing challenges of magazine publishing and has embraced new skills including digital video production.

He comes from an artistic family—both his sisters, and both parents are professional watercolorists—but James prefers working in oils when he can find the time. James has a BA in graphic design from Pratt Institute.

Robert M. Reis, Production Editor

Rob has been involved with trade publishing for more than 30 years. Having previously worked in the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. medical journal production department and as production editor for the company's Natural Pharmacy magazine, he has been with GEN since mid-2001.

In addition to his New York University journalism degree, with a specialty in magazine production and editing, Rob is also a published writer and photographer.

In his spare time he enjoys hiking and rock climbing, both outdoors and at indoor rock climbing gyms, and is a long-time country music listener.

Katherine Vuksanaj, Online Production Manager

Katherine joined GEN in July 2014. She’s been involved in the publishing industry for nineteen years. Before becoming a member of the GEN staff, she spent eight years at BusinessWeek magazine as an online production manager.

Katherine enjoys the beach, movies, and family time.

Sean Helmes, Digital Product Manager

Sean has nine years of experience in product management, mobile app & web development. He has worked in various industries ranging from healthcare to fintech. Prior to his focus in product management and development, Sean worked in creative service production and management. Sean is responsible for managing the GEN website’s product roadmap, prioritizing all development initiatives, new features, compliance, efficiency improvements, and website reporting. He strives to ensure that the GEN website and mobile app provide our audience with the best possible experience.

Outside of work Sean enjoys hiking, rooting for UConn basketball, and staying up to date on the latest tech trends.

Steven Hernacki, Chief Copy Editor

Steven joined GEN in 2016. He has a B.A. in English from Alfred University. Steven has extensive experience in educational textbook publishing, having worked for several well-known companies. He also worked as a freelance proofreader at Teva Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, Steven was a staff reporter for the Evening Tribune in Hornell, NY, where he covered the education beat and other local issues. Before that, he was a freelance reporter for the White Plains Times, and worked as a bookseller at Barnes & Nobles.

Steven and his wife enjoy camping, attending renaissance fairs, and finding new recipes for farmer’s market produce.

Regular Writers

Gail Dutton

Gail Dutton is fascinated with the intersection of science and business. Her interest in microbial bioremediation led her to GEN as a freelance writer in 1990. Her expertise extends into the fields of global trade and enterprise computing, which inform many of her GEN articles. Gail has a B.S. in journalism.

Gail enjoys photography, hiking and reading, and plays classical piano. She and her family traded life in Los Angeles for life on a tree farm in Washington State.

Patricia F. Dimond, Ph.D.

Patricia Dimond has been a long-time contributor to Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. Currently, she is president of BioInsight Communications, a strategic communications consultancy for the biotechnology industry. During her career in the biotechnology industry, she was vp of strategic development and corporate communications at Coley Pharmaceutical Group (now Pfizer), where she developed and managed the company's investor relations and communications programs and raised $28 million in the company's final pre-IPO private equity financing. Prior to joining Coley, Dr. Dimond held positions at Noonan/Russo Communications, Genzyme Transgenics Corporation, and at PerSeptive Biosystems. Dr. Dimond has written over 400 articles about the business and science of biotechnology. She holds an M.S. in scientific communication from Boston University, an M.Sc. in membrane biophysics from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry and molecular biology from The Catholic University of America.

She spends her nonexistent free time enjoying cooking, traveling, and reading cheesy novels, especially political thrillers.

Vicki Glaser

Vicki Glaser has been a freelance contributor to GEN since 1991. She has Bachelor's degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree in genetics from the University of Pennsylvania. Vicki began her career in science and medical writing on the staff of Nature Biotechnology and then was managing editor of the New York State Journal of Medicine. She has been a freelance writer for the past 24 years.

Vicki enjoys reading, running, and taking long walks with her dog.