Farewell Heidi Burdett

It's a gloomy day here in the Nature Microbiology office as we say goodbye to an amazing colleague (while celebrating her exciting new role of course).

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It’s a sad day for Nature Microbiology as we’re saying farewell to our colleague Dr Heidi Burdett, who’s moving back to academia and starting up a lab at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In her year with us, Heidi has been an enthusiastic champion for the microbial ecology and microbiome fields. Heidi’s dedication to the role, her energy and positivity has been truly infectious (sorry) and the whole team are incredibly sad to see her go. However, our loss is definitely academia’s gain and we wish Heidi all the very best in her research in years to come.

Heidi may also be recognizable to some of you as the editor who interrogated Professor Neil Gow at the Microbiology Society meeting in Liverpool earlier in the year, fearlessly asking him the little questions in our first ever micro-interview.

Well, as part of Heidi’s leaving party we turned the tables on her – take a look at Micro-Interview #2 here. Enjoy!

Farewell then Heidi, we will all miss you terribly. Make sure to stay in touch and keep active here on the Community.


on behalf of the entire Nature Microbiology team.

Andrew Jermy

Consultant, Germinate

Andrew gained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, UK, studying fungal protein trafficking and secretion. He was subsequently a microbiology editor at Nature for more than a decade, joining Nature Reviews Microbiology in 2008 as an Associate Editor after a brief stint as locum editor on Nature Cell Biology. Over the following 4.5 years Andrew developed a passion for the field, commissioning Reviews and writing on all aspects of microbiology. He also took a keen interest in developing new approaches to communicate with the microbiology community. In January 2013 Andrew joined the Nature team as Senior Editor, handling primary manuscripts from across the field and championing microbiology in Nature’s pages and beyond. Andrew left Nature in April 2015 to become the Chief Editor for the launch of Nature Microbiology. Having helped to establish Nature Microbiology as one of the premier journals in the microbiology publishing landscape, and in search of a better work-life balance, in January 2019 he left Nature to become Chief Publishing Officer (and tea boy) for the family GCSE and A-Level educational resources business established by his wife over the preceding three years.