The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Scientific Publishing from the Inside Out

Dr Beverly Purnell (Science Magazine)

When: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:00 pm
Where: 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium)
Name: Carrie Lewis

Dr. Beverly Purnell will be giving a two-part seminar discussing her career as a science editor as well as how to get your papers published.


As Senior Editor at Science Magazine, Dr. Beverly Purnell handles manuscripts in the areas of stem cells, developmental biology, gene regulation, reproductive biology, and related fields. Her duties include the recruitment, selection, and scientific editing of papers for publication in Science. Along with colleagues at Science, Dr. Purnell has coordinated special issues on topics such as germ cells, stem cells, organogenesis, reproductive biology, developmental timing, parenting, forces in development, and women’s health.


Dr. Purnell earned a B.S. at Shepherd College with double major in biology and chemistry and minor in math. Positions held include Research Laboratory Assistant in stone fruit breeding at a USDA Agricultural Research Station and a Fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health. She obtained a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in molecular biology at the Pennsylvania State University with a project in C. elegans sex determination in the group of Carol Trent and Drosophila gene expression with David Gilmour, respectively. Dr. Purnell was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to do postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute in Goettingen, Germany, with research in Drosophila head development and gene regulation in the group of Herbert Jaeckle. She joined the AAAS and Science staff in 1997.


This event is hosted by the Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee and the BMB department as part of the Career & Professional Development Seminar Series.