Going to the Keystone on Persistent Infection

Off to the persistent cold!

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I am very happy to be almost on the road again... off on Sunday to the Keystone Symposium on "Cell Biology and Immunology of Persistent Infection".

This will be the first meeting I attend since the recent launch of Nature Microbiology and I am very much looking forward to it. If you are there, do come and say hello! The program is fantastic, to be sure. I like meetings that center around how different pathogens go about a certain process, which give a broad overview and often highlight previously underappreciated commonalities in the strategies used.

Not to mention the to-die-for venue, the Faimont Banff Springs hotel, which is more like a winter palace than a conference hall -including a heated outside swimming-pool (don't think about the carbon footprint)!

During my 8+ years as an editor, I have been at the site in Banff at least three times. It is a magical and extremely cold (!) place. I was once at -35 degrees Celsius, which is the coldest I have ever been in my life -even though I spent several winters of my life in central Washington State, which is also quite chilly. Needless to say, I was elated to find a way from the hotel to the lecture hall without having to go outside!

Nonia Pariente

Chief Editor, Nature Microbiology

I come from a mid-sized city on the northwestern coast of Spain. My interest in science initially took me to Madrid, where I finished university and received a PhD in molecular biology. In Madrid, I studied RNA virus evolution and new antiviral strategies with Esteban Domingo. I then moved to UCLA, where I focused on developing lentiviral vectors for gene therapy in Irvin Chen’s laboratory. In 2007, I made the plunge from bench to desk and joined the EMBO Reports editorial team as Reviews Editor, becoming Scientific Editor two years later and Senior Editor in 2012. At EMBO Reports, I was responsible for microbiology and immunology, among other areas, and spent many years expanding my understanding and love for all things microbial. In the summer of 2015, I joined the Nature Microbiology editorial launch team, handling all things related to virology and mycology (and for a brief while parasitology) and -after a couple of stints covering microbiology at Nature- I became the Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology in 2019. I look forward to interacting with the community and providing a venue to publish the most important advances in the field.