Barbara Cohen is currently the Director of the Office of Communications at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, an international, not-for-profit organization that conducts basic and clinical research with the goal to understand and control cancer. Barbara was born and raised in Munich, Germany, where she received her undergraduate training. From there she moved to Houston, Texas, to obtain a PhD in developmental genetics. After a short stay as a postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, she joined the editorial staff of the scientific journal Nature in 1993. She was responsible for the peer-review process and the ultimate publication of manuscripts dealing primarily with developmental biology, human genetics and plant science. In 1997, Barbara became Editor of the monthly journal Nature Genetics. After three years at the helm of that journal, she moved to the Ludwig Institute, where she is responsible for internal communication as well as public information. Stemming from a passion for science and its communication, Barbara's professional interests include scientific publishing, the ethical and social implications of biomedical research, and the interface between basic research and clinical applications.