Ben Johnson

Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine, 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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Comment on Garden sounds
Apr 27, 2020


Mar 12, 2019

Thanks so much for sharing your story with the community and for highlighting some of the recent research in microaggressions, it was very thought-provoking and informative.

Comment on About the Editors
Dec 05, 2018

What a useful resource. We should have one of these for every subject community! 

Comment on October 2018
Nov 27, 2018
Replying to James Tidwell

Any way to subscribe to these excellent research digests?

Hi James,

I'm glad to see you are enjoying the site! You can set your email preferences here:

Unfortunately you cannot subscribe to an individual channel (such as Research Digest) - YET, but we are building this right now so it should be available soon. I'll make sure this is announced once it is ready, but for now I would suggest subscribing to the daily newsletter so you won't miss  anything.



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