Fate and fame, what's in a name?

A tweet from @kwdhinde this morning brought to my attention a slightly surreal appearance for Nature Micro, and myself, in a weekly email news letter for Popbitch, a weekly UK-based celebrity and pop music newsletter. Move over Kanye.

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When Kevin Hinde got in contact this morning via twitter to point out it is not usual for Nature Microbiology to feature in Popbitch, I suspected that I may be about to fall foul of a devious April Fool prank. What was Popbitch for a start and what did it have to do with us?

A quick google search and scan of their site didn't explain the source of this curious contact, so I asked Kevin if he could provide a link. Better than that, Kevin forwarded me a copy of Popbitch's weekly email update, in which it turns out we had featured. In there among the celebrity gossip about Kanye West, Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Cheryl and Liam (Baker and Fox presumably) was this little snippet:


Popbitch's favourite named science

editor... Nature Microbiology's

chief, Andrew Jermy!


Finally, the recognition I have been craving all these years from the pop gossip industry..! I will, of course, now be signing autographs at upcoming conferences and have been in touch with Simon Cowell about a single release to capitalise upon my new-found fame.

You can't fight nominative determinism, so don't try.

Actually, it's not the first time that the appropriateness of my name for my chosen career has been pointed out to me. When I was at school my friends used the nickname Jerm (or sometimes The Jerm) and it has been noted on more than one occasion that I am now Dr Jerm, the microbiology editor. I do find it amusing but I am not convinced that it truly was deterministic. As far as I am aware I am the only microbiologist in the Jermy clan.

Anyone know of other cases of nominative determinism in microbiology?

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. 


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over 5 years ago
The good news for us at the team is that there was no non-disclosure clause on selling gossip about you to the tabloids. Hello, alternative revenue stream...
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over 5 years ago
I'll do something scandalous and you can take us out for lunch.
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over 5 years ago
It has occurred to me that a tonne of superlative microbiology research emanates from GERM-any...