Born & lived: Born in Santa Clara, California, USA. Live in London, United Kingdom.
Early life: Earned a doctorate from Stanford University in Genetics working on adult blood stem cell therapy in the lab of Michele Calos. Prior to this, earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from BYU.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: At the end of my doctorate I launched a startup designed to provide academic literature recommendations based on papers academics had bookmarked. Eventually this was scuttled in favor of joining Mendeley in early 2009 as Head of R&D to develop the data mining team and various products. In 2011, I left Mendeley to start PeerJ, where Peter Binfield joined as a co-founder prior to the official launch in May 2012.
FAMILY: I live in London with my partner and three children.
IN MY SPARE TIME I LIKE TO: Run, do indoor climbing, explore the Welsh and English countrysides, and long for California weather!
FAVORITE BOOKS: Gene Dreams — read while an undergraduate and inspired me to pursue an industry career post-graduate school; We — Russian dystopia that inspired 1984.
PET PEEVES: You’re either early or late; there is no on-time.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Getting our first $100 payment from a PeerJ fan before we officially launched, especially since he never wanted to publish, but stated that he was motivated by the mission of the journal.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Have dramatically lowered the average cost for both APCs and subscription charges across the industry so that it is more affordable to researchers.