Rachel Jurd, Ph.D.

Editor, SFARI


Rachel Jurd joined the Simons Foundation in 2015 as SFARI’s science writer and editor. Her responsibilities include contributing to communication of SFARI’s scientific priorities, research portfolio and resources for scientists. Before coming to the foundation, Jurd was editor of Trends in Neurosciences at Cell Press, where she commissioned review articles across the field of neuroscience, managed manuscript peer review and oversaw editorial decisions. In addition, she was involved in communicating science to researchers and to the public through editorials, interviews of neuroscientists for podcasts and Q&A articles, social media announcements and Web content. Jurd has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from the Australian National University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Zurich. Her research focused on molecular genetics and cellular neurobiology, especially as it relates to mechanisms underlying inhibitory neurotransmission and its dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders.

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