Orla Smith, PhD, is the Editor of Science Translational Medicine, an international weekly online publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a sister journal of Science magazine. Science Translational Medicine publishes cutting-edge biomedical and translational research advances with clinical impact, as well as review and opinion articles by thought leaders that discuss key issues about translational medicine. The 2017 Impact Factor for Science Translational Medicine is 16.7. Previously, Orla was the Founding Editor of Cell’s Leading Edge, the review and opinion section of the top-ranked research journal Cell, based in Boston, U.S. Prior to her time at Cell, Orla was Biology Perspectives Editor at Science where she also handled and edited research manuscripts on neurodegenerative diseases. She began her career in scientific publishing as News and Views Editor at the journal Nature Medicine. Orla has a PhD in Biochemistry from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London.