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, and an adjunct research professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, she marries her twin loves of science and language.
While Siegel is formally trained as a scientist, she is also an accomplished communicator of science with deep expertise in scientific publishing and open-access journals. She has served as chief editor of leading scientific journals, and was the founding executive director of the Public Library of Science, where she attracted important research to its new journals. The resulting success of these journals demonstrated the feasibility of making primary research free to the public; and she continues to support this cause by discussing changes in scholarly publishing at events around the globe.
Siegel was the founding editor-in-chief of the open access journal Disease Models & Mechanisms, a forum for communication among researchers interested in tackling problems related to human health. She also founded and directed the Center for Science Communication at Vanderbilt University, where she shared strategies for communicating science clearly and effectively.
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.