Image courtesy of Dr. Lakshmi Goyal
Dr. Lakshmi Goyal, Editor of Cell Host & Microbe, Publishing Director at Cell Press

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lakshmi Goyal as our speaker for the Careers in Science Editing Seminar as part of the SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series for 2018. Lakshmi will speak on March 20th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at MacNider Hall Room 21.


*Light refreshments will be served!

As a reminder, you must attend 4/6 events to earn the certificate.

Editing plays an important role in shaping how we as scientists communicate our stories.  If you have ever wondered how to be a more effective editor, or how you would even become an editor, you will want to join us as we hear from Lakshmi Goyal, Editor of Cell Host and Microbe.  Lakshmi has been an editor with Cell Press since 2001 and has many insights to share!  Come hear her interactive seminar on how she got her start in editing, what a typical day as an editor looks like, and also important lessons she has learned throughout her successful career.

Dr. Lakshmi Goyal is the Editor of Cell Host & Microbe and Publishing Director at Cell Press.  She joined Cell Press in February 2001 as a Senior Editor on Cell.  In 2006 she was appointed the launch Editor of Cell Host & Microbe, a new primary research journal focused on host-microbe interactions.  In 2007, she became the Executive Editor of the Microbiology portfolio with strategic responsibility for Trends in Microbiology, Trends in Parasitology and Trends in Molecular Medicine.  In this role, Lakshmi also provided strategic and managerial direction for the launch of the journal EBioMidicine.  In August 2017, Lakshmi became a Publishing Director with responsibility for several journals at Cell Press.  Before joining Cell Press, Dr. Goyal was a postdoctoral fellow at the Biology department at MIT.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Jersey USA.   Dr. Goyal holds a masters and bachelor’s degree from institutions in India.

This workshop is sponsored by UNC Training Initiatives of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (TIBBS) and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF).

Graduate and Professional Student Federation


We hope to see you at our other SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series events!


Worlds Collide with Science and Art

Date: Wednesday, April 11th from 2-3:30 pm

Location: Bondurant Hall, Room 2030

Registration Link:

Some science stories are better told using art. Join us for a workshop showcasing the use of different types of art media to convey science to broad audiences. More details to come.

Writing Workshop: Inspiring Storytelling  

Date: April 17th from 2-3:30 pm

Location: TBA

Registration Link:

This year, we are putting a spin on our traditional blog writing workshop with a theme on storytelling. Why is storytelling important in science communication? How does one tell a good story? How can we use our own stories and experiences to communicate science beyond traditional reporting? During this interactive workshop, participants will not only go over best writing practices, but learn how stories can play a big role in their own work, produce a story-based blog post, and have the option to publish on SWAC’s blog The Pipettepen!


New: Special Summer Event! SWAC will host 1 event in the summer months that will count towards the required attendance. More details to come. If you are only one event short of earning the certificate, keep this in mind!

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