Iris Bioconsulting Team


Mary E. Derry, Ph.D

Mary is a board-certified editor in the life sciences with more than 10 years of experience in scientific editing and writing combined with a strong background in academic research. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, majoring in Cell Biology and Biochemistry, and remained at the University of Cambridge for postgraduate studies, where she performed research in the Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapy Unit at the Medical Research. Subsequent postdoctoral research at Stanford University Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center focused on mechanisms of DNA repair and recombination in mammalian and yeast cells.

For the past 11 years she has provided editing and writing services to scientists working in diverse biomedical fields and from many countries. Over this period she has edited in excess of 500 manuscripts, grants, or technical writing documents. She prides herself on the ability to work efficiently, yet with high attention to detail. 


Jonathan M.J. Derry, Ph.D

Jonathan has over 25 years of research experience in academic, pharmaceutical and non-profit environments.  He was trained in molecular genetics at the University of Cambridge, Medical Research Council UK and Stanford University and spent 14 years in the biotech/pharma industry in drug and biomarker discovery. He has carried out extensive independent research and directed large scientific teams at Amgen, Merck & Co. and Sage Bionetworks.  He has been a key driver of molecular science projects and the application of system biology approaches to understanding complex diseases and has a history of collaborative relationships and building successful cross-functional teams.

Jonathan has published over 40 primary research papers including articles in Cell, Nature Genetics, and PLoS. At Sage Bionetworks he was responsible for raising multi-million dollars in funding through government grants and pharmaceutical partnerships. Jonathan prides himself on teamwork and delivery of a high-quality product.