Publications, Grants, Awards and Honors

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Receieved a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Collaborative Research: Developing Biology Undergraduates’ Scientific Literacy and Identity Through Peer Review of Scientific Manuscripts,” under the IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources) program. The project is for three years.


Dresler M, Aries O, Fallman E, Farrukh R, Guzman-Rubalcaba S, Kearney A, Shrum V, Wang R, Yin S, & Lijek RS. (2022). A Rubric to Evaluate Preprint Peer Reviews. Zenodo.

Webster, E. [MHC'20], Seiger, K. W. [MHC'19], Core, S. B., Collar, A. L., Knapp-Broas, H. [MHC'20], Graham, J. [MHC'19], Shrestha, M. [MHC'22], Afzaal, S. [MHC'19], Geisler, W. M., Wheeler, C. M., Chackerian, B., Frietze, K. M., & Lijek, R. S. (2022). Immunogenicity and Protective Capacity of a Virus-like Particle Vaccine against Chlamydia trachomatis Type 3 Secretion System Tip Protein, CT584. Vaccines, 10(1), 111.

McDowell, G. S., Niziolek, C. A., & Lijek, R. S. (2021). How to bring peer review ghostwriters out of the dark. Molecular Biology of the Cell32(6), 461–466.

Mcdowell G, Niziolek CA, & Lijek RS. (2020). Practical changes to reduce ghostwriting in peer review. MetaArXiv.

McDowell, G.S., Knutsen, J.D., Graham, J.M. [MHC '19], Oelker, S.K. [MHC LITS], and Lijek, R.S. (2019) Co-reviewing and ghostwriting by early-career researchers in the peer review of manuscripts. eLife, 8:e48425.


Was selected as one of ten national ImmunoReach Education Scholars for 2022, an NSF-funded faculty mentoring network for immunology educators.

Was invited to join the inaugural Junior Editorial Board of mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.


Co-led a session "Public preprint review as a tool to empower the next generation of socially-conscious peer reviewers" at the 2021 FeedbackASAP meeting on peer review hosted by ASAPbio, HHMI, DORA, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Gave a seminar "Teaching Peer Review with COVID-19 Preprints" and hosted a roundtable discussion "STEM in the Liberal Arts" at the 2021 American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators.

With Mount Holyoke student co-authors, presented research on Chlamydia pathogenesis and vaccines at the 2021 World Microbe Forum and 2021 Boston Bacterial Meeting, where Lijek chaired a session on Host-Microbe Interactions.

Lijek's research was the subject of an editorial in The Scientist by James L. Sherley, Exorcising Ghostwriting from Peer Review. In an invited response, Lijek published the essay Postdocs as Competent Peer Reviewers also in The Scientist. Her editorial summarizes for a lay audience the policy recommendations that she details in her recent academic manuscript, Practical changes to reduce ghostwriting in peer review.

Interviewed for articles in The Scientist, Inside Higher Ed, Science, Nature, and Physics Today about her recent publication (listed above) on making the peer review of manuscripts more equitable for early career researchers.