Tom da CostaMedical Writing Division Director
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In-House Editorial Team
Julia Schumann-Mudrick - Managing Editor
2013 – MSc, Ethnobotany, University of Kent
2008 – BA, University of Virginia
Ms Schumann has a varied academic and professional background including research in field botany and anthropology. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she was employed at the United States Forest Service, assisting with field and laboratory studies on plant genetic adaptation and native plant materials. After this, she worked with a local NGO in rural Kenya conducting research on intercropping traditional leafy vegetables. In 2013, she moved to Mie Prefecture, Japan to carry out fieldwork for her master’s thesis on non-timber forest plants used by volunteer forestry workers. In 2013, Ms Schumann graduated from the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation with an MSc with distinction and spent the following 2 and a half years lecturing on presentation and proposal writing skills at Mie University.
Ms Schumann is a member of the American Copy Editors Society and has over 6 years’ experience editing academic manuscripts, including book chapters and theses. She currently applies her skills to editing works on forest management, agriculture, ecological applications, and related fields. She has first-hand experience conducting and writing about her research in a second language (Japanese) and understands the challenges that ESL authors face. She enjoys helping authors break down language barriers and successfully publish their work in international forums. Ms Schumann joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2015.
Luke Kenyon - Quality Control Manager
2002 - BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing, University of Bolton, UK
Mr Kenyon graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing from the University of Bolton in 2002. He moved to Japan in 2004, and spent 9 years teaching a wide range of focused English curricula to non-native speakers, awakening an interest in copy editing and the STM industry. Mr Kenyon joined Edanz in December 2013, where he applies his knowledge of the writing process, his love of language and his attention to detail as a valued member of the Quality Control Editing Team.
Scott Wysong - Senior Language Editor
2015 - BELS Certification
1994 - BA Copywriting, Advertising Arts College, San Diego, USA
After two years in the liberal arts program at the University of Texas El Paso, Mr Wysong attended the Advertising Arts College in San Diego where he studied advertising and graphic design with an emphasis on copywriting. After a year of freelance graphic design work, he moved to Fukuoka, Japan where he taught English to students of all ages for 5 years, as well as helping to develop teaching materials and editing newsletters for Little America. During this period he also studied and became fluent in Japanese, earning JLPT level 2 certification. He then worked as a Japanese-English translator for 8 years.
Mr Wysong joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2008. He earned certification as an editor in the life sciences from BELS in 2015. Mr Wysong’s 8 years of experience in translation and further 8 years in editing with Edanz give him a unique understanding of ESL authors and an ability to help them convey their research accurately. His experience in advertising and as a contracted translator for numerous major corporate clients, including Carnival Cruise Lines, American Airlines, and Coach, make him familiar with all stages of the commercial publication process. He is well versed in the writing and composition of academic manuscripts, and in helping clients’ make their work ready for the peer review process.
Dr Ruth Tunn - Senior Editor and Research Consultant
2015 – Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Edge Hill University
2013 - PhD Pharmacology, University of Oxford
2009 - BA Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford
Dr Tunn has an academic background in the biomedical sciences and is experienced in a wide range of molecular biology techniques, including protein expression and analysis, stem cell culture, and quantitative reverse transcription PCR. After gaining a BA in Physiological Sciences, she joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford to study the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of fat cells and tissues. Specifically, she investigated intracellular calcium signaling and the expression of a family of cation channels (two-pore channels) in mammalian cells; the role of these channels in the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into fat cells (adipogenesis); and body composition in transgenic mice using time-domain nuclear magnetic resonance. During her PhD, Dr Tunn worked as a graduate teaching assistant and tutor for the preclinical medical degree program at the University of Oxford. After graduating, she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from Edge Hill University, specializing in mathematics.
Dr Tunn co-authored several papers on topics related to her PhD research, which were published in international journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Endocrinology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
During her time as a PhD student, Dr Tunn edited manuscripts for non-native English-speaking colleagues, and supported ESL students in their preparation of reports and dissertations. She joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2015.
Ayli Chong - Editor and Project Coordinator
2005 – BHlthSci Hearing and Speech, The University of Sydney
Ms Chong’s studies focused on the biological and linguistic mechanisms underlying hearing and speech processes, as well as voice and swallowing disorders. During and after her studies, she worked in various clinical, community, and educational settings helping both children and adults to maximize their communication abilities so that they can function to their full potential in society. While working at The University of Sydney in 2009, she developed a keen interest in editing. A lifelong desire to visit Japan saw her seize the opportunity to teach English on a remote island in Okinawa for 2 years from 2010.
Ms Chong further pursued her interest in editing by becoming Editor of the Okinawa Prefecture community magazine for English teachers and volunteer proofreader for Miyakojima City. Currently she applies both her knowledge and experience to editing research related to her specialized field including: people whose native language is not English, individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorders, Down syndrome, hearing and swallowing difficulties, delayed development, brain injury, stroke, dementia, facial abnormalities, and neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. She joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2013.
Lilly Gray - Editor and Project Coordinator
2012 – BA, Communication Studies (1st Hons), Hollins University
Ms Gray focused on cultural criticism and media studies as a Communication Studies major at Hollins University. Her senior honors thesis involved research at the National Museum of American History and the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, to examine representations of past and present American military conflict in museum exhibits. Her presentation experience includes both conference and university instruction settings. Ms Gray has taught writing techniques to students ranging from elementary to high school, and spent 3 years teaching English to the global course of a Japanese academic high school in Toyama Prefecture.
Ms Gray assessed submissions for two undergraduate literary journals and has assisted non-native English speakers in preparing presentations and manuscripts for an international audience. She joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2015.
Michael Pack - Editorial Consultant
2011 – MBA, University of California at Davis
2002 – BSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz
Mr Pack worked as a medicinal chemist for six years in the pharmaceutical industry in North America. His work focused on high-throughput methods of synthesis and purification, as well as the planning and synthesis of focused small-molecule libraries. During this time, he helped develop potential drugs for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Mr Pack is skilled in a variety of purification procedures and instrument usage, as well as chemical synthesis procedures. He also wrote numerous scientific reports on chemical procedures and the molecular biology of oncology during his time as a researcher. Leaving the lab bench, Mr Pack undertook an MBA focused on biotechnology marketing and finance. He then worked as a consultant for two biotechnology firms. His worked involved pricing IND drugs through of variety of methods, including risk adjusted net present value models, and intellectual properties pricing.
Mr Pack has authored a number of patents for chemical synthesis of oncology drugs. He has published two manuscripts in the journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters.
Mr Pack has edited many scientific manuscripts in a wide variety of fields, mostly focusing on natural products chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and economics. He joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2012.
Laura Luse - Editorial Resource Administrator
2016 - MA Translation, Kyushu University
Laura is a communications specialist with extensive time living and studying abroad, particularly in Japan. Born in Latvia, Laura possesses a high level of Japanese ability, equivalent to N2; the second highest qualification as per the standardized Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Her master’s thesis examined Japanese–English translated online guidelines provided by the Immigration Bureau of Japan, comparing instruction clarity, and analyzed the most problematic recurring sentences before, during, and after introduction of new residence cards for non-Japanese. Laura has also researched machine translation’s abilities to apply computer-assisted tools, and the consequences of this advancement on human-created translation. Her interests lie in intercultural and intracultural communication both offline and online, and most recently in social media, particularly in Japan and other parts of Asia. She joined Edanz Group’s in-house editorial team in the Fukuoka office in 2018.
Dr Trevor Lane - Education and Engagement Consultant
1995 - PhD Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
1992 - MA Biochemistry & Chemical Pharmacology, University of Oxford, UK
Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Dr Lane has over 20 years of experience helping authors communicate their research findings and ideas in English-language journals, conferences, reports, proposals, and social and mass media. He has a broad background in the biomedical sciences, having graduated with an MA in Biochemistry and Chemical Pharmacology and a PhD in Physiological Sciences (molecular and cellular biology of cancer) from the University of Oxford. He held postdoctoral research positions in clinical oncology and genetics in Hong Kong, after which he served in a variety of senior editorial roles in academic, research, and publishing institutions. He was the managing editor of several general and specialist medical journals based in Asia and the senior editor of two social science journals based in the United States. From 2005-2015, he headed the knowledge exchange unit and taught science research communication and ethics at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong.
Dr Lane is a member of the Royal Society of Biology, World Association of Medical Editors, Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors, Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, American Copy Editors Society, Public Relations and Communications Association, and International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. He currently serves as an elected Council Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. He holds a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Trinity College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching from the University of Reading. He joined the Edanz Group as a Senior Editor in 2015, was Education Director in 2016-2017, and is currently Education and Engagement Consultant. Dr Lane regularly gives lectures and webinars, leads interactive workshops, and provides individual consultations in writing, presenting, reading, peer review, and publishing for researchers and students of all levels and disciplines.
Dr Geraldine Echue - Senior Editor and Research Consultant
2012 - PhD Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Geraldine Echue graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012 with a PhD in Chemistry. After graduating, she spent several years as a Higher Education Policy Officer for the government of the United Kingdom. Her roles involved leading the auditing process to verify research outputs and enable grant awards for 154 academic institutions in the UK. She was also involved in creating policy research outputs that led to the first national study in England on learning gain in higher education, involving 70 universities and colleges and collaborative research partners in the USA. After this, Geraldine was awarded a 2-year JSPS fellowship to carry out postdoctoral research on new nanomaterials at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan. Geraldine has been published in a number of highly regarded international journals including Chemistry -- A European Journal and Langmuir. Geraldine joined Edanz Group in 2018 as a Senior Science Editor and Research Consultant.
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