Vivian Siegel is a scientist and a communicator. As the director of Scientific Education and Public Communications at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, she marries her twin loves of science and of language.
Siegel is also the founding editor-in-chief of Disease Models and Mechanisms (DMM), the executive editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and an adjunct research professor at Vanderbilt University. Siegel has shaped the open-access journal DMM to provide a forum for communication between basic researchers interested in tackling problems related to human health and clinicians. DMM highlights diseases whose study would benefit from the development of new models and the potential uses of unusual model organisms, such as flatworms and sea urchins, to understand certain diseases.
Prior to her current positions, Siegel was the director of the Center for Science Communication (CSC) at Vanderbilt University. Siegel created the CSC to share with Vanderbilt researchers what she has learned as an editor about how to communicate science clearly. She was also the founding executive director of the Public Library of Science, where her reputation as a former chief editor of Cell and Molecular Cell helped the open-access organization attract submission of important research to its new journals, including PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine.
Siegel received her PhD in genetics from the University of California, San Francisco, and her AB in biochemistry and mathematics from Bowdoin College. She is currently writing a book on scientific writing and publishing strategy.