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I am delighted to welcome Professor Rachel K. O’Reilly from the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom as a new Associate Editor. Rachel received her B.A. and M.Sci. degrees in Natural Sciences and Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, and then she completed her Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Vernon Gibson at Imperial College, London, in 2003. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the United States to undertake an 1851 Royal Commission postdoctoral fellowship under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2006, she returned to the UK to take up a Royal Society Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, and then in 2009 she moved to the University of Warwick through the appointment of an EPSRC career acceleration fellowship. She was promoted to a full Professor in 2012 and very recently moved to her current position in Birmingham. Over her career, she has received a number of awards, including the IUPAC-Samsung young polymer scientist award in 2012, in 2013 the American Chemical Society Mark Young Scholar award, and in 2016 the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Gibson/Fawcett award. In 2017, she was the first female winner of the Macromolecules/ Biomacromolecules Young Investigator award in recognition of her innovative research in polymer science. Prof. O’Reilly is a leader in the development of synthetic methodologies for functional polymer materials and engineered polymer nanoparticles. Her broad expertise includes polymer self-assembly, DNA-templated chemistries, and responsive polymers. Welcome, Rachel; we are thrilled to have you on the team!