GEN Staff

Editorial Team

John Sterling | Editor in Chief

John joined GEN as an assistant editor in 1984 and became chief editor in 1989. He holds a B.S. in Biology from The City College of New York 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. He 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 and authoritative guest speaker and panel moderator at international biotech conferences. John served as co-chair of the program committee for the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual conference in Chicago in 2010.

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

Kevin Davies, PhD | Editor at Large | @kevinadavies

Kevin has 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 also served as Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press and publisher of Chemical & Engineering News.

Kevin is the author of four popular science books including Cracking the GenomeThe $1,000 Genome, and an updated version of DNA: The Story of the Genetic Revolution with James D. Watson and Andrew Berry. In 2017, Kevin won a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in science writing to support a new book, Editing Humanity, which is published in September 2020. That same year, he joined Mary Ann Liebert Inc. to spearhead the launch of The CRISPR Journal and bolster the GEN editorial team.

Kevin holds a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University and a PhD in Human Genetics from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London. He held postdoctoral fellowships at MIT and Harvard Medical School before joining the editorial staff at Nature. He still clings to a British accent.

Jeffrey S. Buguliskis, PhD | Technical Editor | @DrBuguliskis

Jeff joined GEN in 2015. He has a PhD 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 | @alexwestchester

Alex specializes in biopharma business news and industry issues for GEN. He joined GEN in 2011 after four years at GenomeWeb, where he covered research institutes, and spent three years following biotech economic development as editor of the weekly newsletter BioRegion News. Alex reports a variety of news stories for GEN and Clinical OMICs and compiles the popular A-Lists series.

Alex previously worked for more than 20 years for various newspapers covering business, science, the Navy, and general-interest news. He has been interviewed and quoted by news outlets including the New York Times and the BBC. He enjoys solving crossword puzzles, watching classic TV game shows, and traveling with his family.

Julianna LeMieux, PhD | Senior Science Writer | @julemieux1

Julianna received her PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University School of Medicine, where she studied Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by a postdoc 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 joined the editorial team at GEN in 2018.

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.

Julianna lives in New York and loves exploring the city with her family. She crossed the finish line of the NYC marathon in 2017 and 2018.

Kevin Mayer | Senior Editor

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

Kevin has extensive experience in educational publishing. At Grolier/Scholastic, he contributed updates to 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 towards publishing. His first job was at Plenum (before it was acquired by Kluwer). He has also worked at the New York Academy of Sciences on biomedical proceedings.

Production Team

James Lambo | Art Director

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

James comes from an artistic family—both his sisters and both parents are professional watercolorists—but James prefers working in oils. 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 joined GEN in 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 and is a long-time country music listener.

Katherine Vuksanaj | Online Production Manager

Katherine joined GEN in July 2014, having previously worked at Business Week magazine for eight years as an online production manager. She’s been involved in the publishing industry for nineteen years.

Katherine enjoys the beach, movies, and family time.

Sean Helmes | Digital Product Manager | @seanhelmes

Sean has nine years of experience in product management, mobile app & web development. He has worked in 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.

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

Contributing Writers

Gail Dutton | @gailldutton

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