Ben Johnson

Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine, Springer Nature
  • Springer Nature
  • United Kingdom

About Ben Johnson

I trained as a virologist, starting with an undergraduate degree in virology from the University of Warwick, UK. My PhD, in influenza virus genetics and immunoevasion, was from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK, with Maria Zambon and Wendy Barclay. My research interests then moved to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London with Geoffrey Smith, FRS. I then joined open-access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an editor and then associate publisher and was Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature from 2016, running the Nature Research Communities and other online engagement activities for researchers. I joined Nature Medicine in 2021, with responsibility for news and opinion content, and am based in the London office.


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Nov 03, 2020

Thanks so much for sharing your story - both the applications of the research and the effect on your careers.

Apr 08, 2020
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This is one of my all time favourite poster images. Fantastic work!

Viral RNA is detectable for several weeks in stool samples during COVID-19 disease, although it looks like there may be no live virus, but certainly interetsing to explore! 

Apr 08, 2020

This is one of my all time favourite poster images. Fantastic work!


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