Chemist Vincent Rotello Named Editor in Chief of Journal, ‘Bioconjugate Chemistry’

Vincent Rotello

AMHERST, Mass. ­– The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, recently named chemist Vincent M. Rotello of the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the next editor in chief of its journal, Bioconjugate Chemistry.

Rotello is the Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry at UMass Amherst and will take over in January from founding Editor-in-Chief Claude F. Meares, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, Davis, who has led the journal since 1990.

Rotello says, “Bioconjugate Chemistry is the one journal poised exactly at the interface of the biological and synthetic worlds, positioning it to contribute to advances in fields including drug delivery, bionanotechnology and synthetic biology. There are a relative few editor-in-chief positions out there in major journals. I feel quite honored by this appointment, because it indicates the respect the society has for my scientific achievements and its confidence in my ability to run such an important enterprise.”

As editor in chief, Rotello will have complete control over the journal, including appointment of associate editors, re-working the article format and developing new social media outlets for communicating research. “I am looking to move Bioconjugate Chemistry in new scientific directions as well as building a community of researchers around the research theme of the journal,” he says.

Rotello is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has received numerous awards and honors for his research, including the ACS’s John Burlew Award in Research.

Rotello and his UMass Amherst research group have developed new nanoparticle-based diagnostics and therapeutics featuring a wide range of useful properties. They have received a recent grant to develop, test and deploy new sensitive, reliable and affordable inkjet-printed, nanoparticle-based test strips for detecting disease-causing bacteria in drinking water. His lab has also developed new diagnostics for identification of cancer for personalized medicine and has recently developed a highly effective protein delivery agent.

Rotello has published over 390 book chapters, articles and reviews. Susan King, senior vice president of ACS’s journals publishing group, says, “We’re delighted that Vincent Rotello, who has staunchly supported the ACS by authoring in and reviewing for many ACS journals, assumes the leadership of Bioconjugate Chemistry from founding editor Claude F. Meares.”

Rotello holds a B.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in natural products synthesis from Yale University. Before coming to UMass Amherst, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.