Sabbi Lall Ph.D.


  • Launched, developed and was Editor-in-Chief of Cell Reports, a well-regarded journal that publishes exciting, novel research across the life sciences.
  • Created and implemented strategic business plans that supported the journal and its financial success, and exceeded expectations and key performance indicators.
  • Recruited and led team of ten editors: four of my previous team now lead journals at Cell Press.
  • Currently direct scientific initiatives at world-renowned research center, advising faculty and postdocs on papers and grants, facilitating and jump-starting projects.
  • Manage Tan-Yang Autism Center, organized first cross-disciplinary retreat, and assess new autism research projects.



  • 2018-2020 Director of Scientific Planning, McGovern Institute
  • 2014-2018 Editor-in-chief of Cell Reports
  • 2011-2014 Deputy Editor of Cell Reports
  • 2006-2011 Senior Editor of NSMB
  • 2003-2006 Post-doctoral research, New York University (Rajewsky/Piano labs). Studied microRNA targets in C. elegans. Led project to identify and validate targets, interfacing with computational biologists and co-writing a successfully funded NIH grant.
  • 1998-2002 Post-doctoral research, University of Chicago (Patel lab). Studied the evolution of post-translational mRNA regulation. Led project and mentored students, co-led University of Chicago Postdoctoral Society.


  • 1998-1994 Graduate School: University of Oxford, UK/ Cancer Research UK. D.Phil (PhD equivalent) in Biochemistry. Studied post-translational regulation of mRNA under the supervision of Dr. David Ish-Horowicz.
  • 1990-1994 Undergraduate: Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK. B.A., Biochemistry. Passed with Honors (II.I)
  • 1988-1990 High School: Taunton’s College, Southampton. A levels: Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Mathematics and Statistics (B), English Literature (A)


  • 2018  Digital Leadership Micromaster (EdX)
  • 2004  Co-wrote successfully funded R21 NIH grant
  • 2000  EMBO Post-doctoral fellowship 
  • 1999  HHMI Post-doctoral fellowship
  • 1994  Pergamon Press Prize for an Essay in Science
  • 1994  East Exhibition Prize (Oxford University scholarship) 1994


  • 2019 Annual update to Leadership Board of McGovern Institute
  • 2019 ChairedMcGovern Symposium, hosting 3 institutes from China
  • 2019 Chaired and coached lightning talks for families, teachers, and researchers at Dyslexia conference
  • 2018 Closing remarks at CRISPRcon 2018
  • 2017 Panel discussion on Scientific Publication, Crete Summer Meeting
  • 2016 “Open access publishing”seminar,University of Southern California
  • 2016 Panel discussion on Scientific Publication, The Broad Institute
  • 2015 Panel discussion on Scientific Publication, Harvard Medical School
  • 2014 “Publishing at Cell Reports” seminar,UMASS
  • 2011 “Publication demystified” seminar, Seoul National University
  • 2009 “Scientific Communication Workshop”, Annual Meeting of the RNA Society
  • 2008 “Career Development Workshop” Invited panel member, International EURASNET Conference on Alternative Splicing


  • 2019 Organized first retreat of the Tan-Yang Center for Autism
  • 2018-2019 Prepared donor reports for Tan-Yang Autism Center, and Poitras Center for Psychiatric Disorders
  • 2018-2019 Wrote content for and co-led major overhaul of McGovern Institute website, including pages covering brain disorders
  • 2018 Scientific advisor on many initiatives, including new McGovern CRISPR video, advising and working with animator and director
  • 2013-2018 Co-organizer, Monthly Breakfast Meeting, Cell Press to discuss business initiatives across departments
  • 2015 Co-organizer Cell Press Human Genomics Symposium, Singapore
  • 2015 Co-organizer Ubiquitous ubiquitin one day meeting, Cambridge, UK
  • 2013 Co-organizer Chromatin and DNA Repair, Cambridge, US
  • 2009-13 Judging Panel Member, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, New York Academy of Sciences


Lall S., (2011) Rosetta Hone, PSI-Nature Structural Biology Knowledgebase (example of Technical/ Research Highlight written)

Lall S., (2010) Channeling Sperm Activation, Nat Struct Mol Biol {One of many Picture Stories and Research Highlights written for NSMB}

The Editors, (2010) Focusing in on the small Nat Struct Mol Biol 17: 1. {One of a number of Editorials authored by myself}

Lall, S., (2008) Actin Structure enters the stage, Nature Milestones, Cytoskeleton, doi:10.1038/nrm2563 doi:10.1038/nrm2563

Lall S., (2007) Primers on Chromatin Nat Struct Mol Biol 14: 1110-5.

Lall S., Gruen, D., Krek, A., Chen, K.,…..Piano, F., and Rajewsky, N., (2006) A genome-wide map of conserved miRNA targets in C. elegans. Curr Biol: 16, 460-71.

Lall, S., Ludwig, M.Z., and Patel, N.H. (2003) A conserved role for nanos in Schistocerca americana anteroposterior axis formation. Curr Biol., 13: 224-9

Patel N.H. and Lall S. (2002) Developmental Biology: Precision patterning. Nature, 415: 748-9 (News and Views)

Lall, S., and Patel, N.H. (2001) Conservation and Divergence in Axis Formation Mechanisms. Ann Rev Gen., 35: 407-437

Patel, N.H., Hayward, D., Lall, S., Pirkl, N.R., DiPietro, D.D., and Ball, E.E. (2001) Grasshopper hunchback expression reveals conserved and novel aspects of axis formation and segmentation. Development 128: 3459-3472

Lall, S., Francis-Lang, H., Flament, A., Norvell, A., Schüpbach, T., and Ish-Horowicz, D. (1999) Squid hnRNP protein promotes apical cytoplasmic transport and localization of Drosophila pair-rule transcripts. Cell 98:171-180