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Editorial Board Members

Our Editorial Board Members are experts in their field and work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. Editorial Board Members handle manuscripts within their areas of expertise, overseeing all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Cancer Biology

Greg Longmore

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Research interests: Cancer metastasis; cell migration; mechanobiology

New Content ItemGreg Longmore is Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Cell Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and director of the ICCE Institute, a multidisciplinary cancer research center dedicated to understanding tumor-environment communications that facilitate cancer progression. He also directs the Molecular Oncology section of the division of Oncology in the Department of Medicine and co-directs the basic science research program of the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University. He has been a member of multiple National Institutes for Health and American Cancer Society grant review panels, chairing at least three of these panels as well as a member of the Council for extramural grants at the American Cancer Society. His major research focus is to understand how tumor cells and their immediate environment communicate with one another to facilitate tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Webpage.

Shengtao Zhou

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Research interests: Tumor Immunology; Tumor microenvironment; Tumor metabolism; Nuclear receptors

Shengtao ZhouShengtao Zhou is a professor in cancer biology, who uses systems biology approaches to tackle layers of complexity of tumor immunology heterogeneity during the evolution of cancer development and progression. These complexities include signaling and metabolic reprogramming, immune co-evolution and the master regulators of such cancer phenotypic plasticity. Webpage

Developmental Biology

Michalis Barkoulas

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Research interests: C. elegans biology in general, developmental genetics and innate immunity, robustness, gene expression, epidermal stem cells, oomycetes

Michalis BarkoulasDr. Michalis Barkoulas is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at Imperial College London. Dr. Barkoulas completed his PhD at the University of Oxford working on plant developmental genetics in the Tsiantis lab. He was then introduced to C. elegans research while being a post-doc in the Félix lab at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris. His group at the Life Sciences Department of Imperial College focuses on addressing questions concerning the relationship between genotype and developmental phenotypes and biological robustness using an invertebrate model of epidermal stem cell patterning. More recently, the group has also been tackling questions in the field of host-pathogen interactions focusing on how nematodes recognise and respond to infection by natural pathogens. Webpage

Simona Chera

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Research interests: regeneration, cell identity, cell plasticity, differentiation, transdifferentiation, omics, mouse genetics, pancreatic islets

Simona CheraSimona Chera is a Professor at the Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen and an Associate Investigator to the Norwegian Center for Molecular Medicine, part of Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. Simona obtained her PhD from the Department of Genetics and Evolution, at the Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, in 2008, with a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration under the supervision of Prof. Brigitte Galliot. As a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Pedro Herrera lab, she was involved in the characterization of two age-dependent regenerative mechanisms governing spontaneous murine pancreatic β-cell regeneration.
The main focus throughout her career has been the characterization of the cellular processes and molecular cues regulating the balance between tissue regeneration and homeostasis maintenance. By coupling classical and newly generated models of cell loss with genetic cell tracing, timed conditional gene expression and omics assays (transcriptomics, proteomics, scRNAseq), her lab investigates the dynamic molecular fingerprint controlling islet cells’ identity. Webpage

Brigitte Malgrange

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Research interests: nervous system development, inner ear, stem cells, neurons, cell death, proliferation, iPS cells

Brigitte MalgrangeDr. Malgrange is research director at the University of Liege (Belgium) and vice-director of the GIGA research center (regrouping more than 600 persons working on life sciences porjects). Dr. Malgrange received a Pharm. D. diploma from the university of Paris XI (France) and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Liege (Belgium).
Her research aimed at studying the molecular mechanisms regulating cell proliferation, differentiation, neuritic outgrowth and apoptosis during the development and regeneration of the inner ear and brain. Her team combines the use of transgenic mouse model and human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells as model systems. Webpage

Evolutionary Biology

John Brookfield

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Research interests: Evolutionary genetics; population genetics; ecological genetics; mathematical evolutionary modelling; mobile genetic elements

New Content ItemJohn Brookfield is a Professor Emeritus in Evolutionary Genetics at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham, following his retirement in 2020. His interests are in population and evolutionary genetics, with a particular focus on the evolution of the genome, and, in particular, mobile genetic elements. He has a long-standing interest in population genetics theory and mathematical genetics. He has interests in the use of DNA technology in forensic science and the interface between genetics and ecology. He has extensive experience on numerous editorial boards, and was the Managing Editor of Heredity from 2000-2003. His other work in assessment includes grant reviewing for numerous funding bodies, in the UK and internationally, and membership of grant review panels for the BBSRC and the NERC in the UK. He was also a member of the Biological Sciences subpanels in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises in the UK. Webpage.

Cristian Capelli

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Research interests: Molecular Anthropology; human and non-human primate evolutionary genetics

Cristian CapelliCristian Capelli is a molecular anthropologist and population geneticists with an interest in the genetic history of primates, human and non-human. His work focuses on the characterization of the population structure and admixture of human populations in Europe and Africa, modern and ancient. More recently he extended his research in the investigation of the genomic variation present in the genus Papio, also exploring its relevance in understanding the evolutionary history of the genus Homo. He is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Parma. Webpage

Eugene Koonin

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Research interests: Evolution of viruses; origin of life; origin of eukaryotes; evolutionary theory; computational genomics

New Content ItemEugene V. Koonin is the leader of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIH). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Microbiology and The European Molecular Biology Organization, and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1983 from Moscow State University, joined the NIH in 1991 and became a Senior Investigator in 1996. His research interests focus on evolutionary genomics of prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses, host-parasite coevolution and general theory of the evolution of life. He is the author of about 1000 research papers and the book “The Logic of Chance: On the Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution”. Webpage.

Ferdinand Marlétaz
Research interests: Whole genome duplication, macrosynteny, regulatory landscape, spiralians, phylogenomics, animals, body plans, genomics

FERDINAND MARLETAZMy main research question focuses on the relationship between the diversity of genome organisations, the evolution of gene regulation during development and the establishment of animal body plans. After graduating from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, I enrolled for a Phd at the University of Marseille focused on the phylogeny of spiralians and the enigmatic phylum of chaetognaths. During my postdoctoral work, in Oxford, I worked on whole genome duplications and their impact on gene regulation and organismal novelties, particularly using amphioxus as chordate sister group. I pursed on this topic during a stay at the Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, in Japan, particularly focusing on the evolution of chromosomal architecture among animals. In 2019, I joined the Genetics, Evolution & Environment department at UCL. Webpage

Yehu Moran

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Research interests: Molecular evolution, venom, microRNA, post-transcriptional regulation, genomics

Yehu MoranYehu Moran studied from 2001-2010 at Tel Aviv University where he obtained a BSc in Life Sciences, MSc in Biochemistry and PhD working on sea anemone toxins. Then he moved to the Department of Molecular Evolution and Development at the University of Vienna to study as postdoctoral fellow supported by EMBO and Marie Curie actions the evolution of post-transcriptional regulation by microRNAs. At January 2014 he was appointed as a senior lecturer at the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior of the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and since the academic year 2017-2018 he is an Associate Professor in this department. He is currently a department head and his lab studies the evolution of complexity, focusing on biological systems such as venom and antiviral immunity, using the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as a model organism. Webpage

Rajendhran Rajakumar

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Research interests: Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Evolution, Developmental Genetics, Eco-Evo-Devo, Plasticity, Epigenetics, and Sociobiology

Rajendhran RajakumarRajendhran Rajakumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, and cross-appointed in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa). Dr. Rajakumar received his PhD at McGill University working with ants with Dr. Ehab Abouheif in the areas of developmental genetics & epigenetics within the emerging field of Ecological Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Eco-Evo-Devo). He next did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at the University of Florida with Dr. Martin Cohn, expanding his expertise to include vertebrate developmental genetics and Evo-Devo. Finally he did postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Genetics of the Blavatnik institute at Harvard Medical School (HMS) with Dr. Norbert Perrimon where he trained with the classic genetics model Drosophila melanogaster. The main theme of his uOttawa lab is: how do environmental factors act on developmental processes, and how does the variation generated by this interaction lead to the evolution of biodiversity observed in nature. Webpage.

Gene Expression and Regulation

Erin Green

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Research interests: chromatin biology, regulation by post-translational modification, mechanisms of gene expression, genome architecture, cellular stress responses

New Content ItemDr. Erin Green is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Green received her PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley working with Dr. Paul Kaufman and Dr. Karsten Weis in the areas of chromatin biology and genome regulation. She completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University with Dr. Or Gozani in chromatin regulation by histone post-translational modifications. Current research in the Green Lab at UMBC investigates the role for protein post-translational modifications in chromatin and cellular signaling pathways particularly in pathways that support cell survival and adaptation to stress. Webpage.

Marco Mangone

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Research interests: gene regulation, 3'Untranslated Regions, miRNAs, Genomics, C. elegans, Alternative Polyadenylation, ncRNAs, RNAs

Marco MangoneDr. Mangone is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Life Sciences and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. His research centers on how eukaryotic RNA transcription is terminated and how messenger RNA is regulated on its way to expression into proteins, using the roundworm C. elegans as a model system. Dr. Mangone's approach combines high-throughput genomics, bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry, and systems biology. Dr. Mangone received his Ph.D. from the Watson School of Biological Sciences (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) in 2006. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at New York University. He joined Arizona State University as faculty in 2011. Dr. Mangone is a member of the Genetics Society of America and the RNA Society, as well as the Director of the Biology Ph.D. program in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Webpage

Genetics and Genomics

Ruslan Kalendar

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Research interests: Mobile genetic elements; Nucleic Acid; Oligonucleotides; PCR; Copy Number Variation; Comparative Genomic Hybridization; Genome Walking

Ruslan KalendarRuslan Kalendar is a Professor in Biology. His interests are in molecular genetics, with a particular focus on the evolution of the genome, and, in particular, mobile genetic elements. He pursues a general interest in the evolutionary processes underlying the spread and diversification of mobile genetic elements and their inactive descendants in eucaryotic genomes. The application of gene- and retrotransposon-based variation in mapping, diversity analysis, and development of breeding tools. He has interests in the use of DNA technology in diagnostic research and software development and genomics and comparative bioinformatics (a search of repeats, DNA alignment and assembly, PCR primer design). He has extensive experience on numerous editorial boards (Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Genetics, BMC Plant Biology, BMC Genomic Data, Plos One, PeerJ). His other work in assessment includes grant reviewing for numerous funding bodies, in the EU and internationally. Webpage


Joseph Larkin

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Research interests: Jak/stat, lupus, rodent models, cytokine, interferon, t lymphocyte, regulatory T cell, autoimmune

Joseph LarkinJoseph Larkin III, PhD is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the department of Microbiology and Cell Science. Dr. Larkin received his BS in Microbiology and PhD in Immunology from the University of Florida. After completion of his postdoctoral training in a joint appointment with the University of Pennsylvania and the Wistar Institute, Dr. Larkin was invited back to the University of Florida as faculty. Dr. Larkin research focuses on the interplay jak/stat signal regulation in driving an autoimmune lymphocyte repertoir. Webpage

Molecular and Cell Biology

Jiajie Diao

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Research interests: membrane fusion, single-molecule biophysics, sub-cellular dynamics, super-resolution imaging, nanoparticle assembly

JIAJIE DIAODr. Jiajie Diao received his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under Dr. Taekjip Ha in 2010. From 2011-2015, Dr. Diao was a postdoctoral associate and research specialist in Dr. Axel Brunger’s lab at Stanford University. At the end of 2015, Dr. Diao started his own lab at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Diao has developed a series of biophysical/biochemical methods to study membrane fusion at the single particle level, and led the development of multiple new molecular probes and super-resolution assays for quantitative analysis of sub-cellular dynamics. Furthermore, by using single molecule biophysical tools and molecular dynamics simulation, Dr. Diao has been systematically studying the functional and conformational dynamics of alpha-synuclein, a protein closely related to Parkinson's disease. Dr. Diao also has applied the single molecule FRET technique to imaging DNA modifications and the interaction between DNA and proteins. Finally, Dr. Diao also invented new physical/chemical techniques for the self-assembly of nanoparticles. Webpage


Jean-Pierre Mothet

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Research interests: Neuroscience, Cellular Neurophysiology, Neuropharmacology, Biophotonics

Jean-Pierre MothetJean-Pierre Mothet is Director of Research at CNRS (France). He graduated from the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, in 1996 working with Dr. Ladislav Tauc. Then, he pursued postdoctoral research with Pr Solomon H. Snyder at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (USA). There he elucidated the functions and the synthesis pathway for a right-handed amino acid D-serine in the Mammalian brain. In 1999, he moved to the laboratory of Pr Jacopo Meldolesi (Italy) to study exocytosis of neurotransmitters. His team investigates the regulation of NMDA receptors by their co-agonists at synapses and circuits underlying memory formation in the context of healthy and pathological neuron-glia interactions. He also explores the mechanisms underlying gliotransmission, and its functional relevance for neuronal network dynamics. His research lies at the interface of Synapse Physiology, Neuropharmacology and Cell Biology with a strong connection with chemistry and physics for developing new optical tools. His research contributes to expand the importance of non-canonical right-handed amino acids in health and disease. He is a senior fellow of the University of Oxford (2018), a member of Academia Europaea (2020) and since 2021 a council member of the International Society for Neurochemistry. Webpage

Sridhar Ravi

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Research interests: animal locomotion, animal behaviour, cognition, animal-plant interactions and applied ecology

Sridha RaviDr. Sridhar Ravi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and leader of the Bio-Engineering Group. His interests are in biomechanics and neuroethology of aerial and aquatic locomotion in animals. Dr. Sridhar Ravi completed PhD from RMIT University in 2011. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in Harvard University where he studied the flight of insects and birds in unsteady winds. From 2015 to 2018 Dr. Ravi worked in Chiba University and University of Bielefeld on JSPS Fellowship and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship respectively. Here he conducted research on bio-inspired miniature flapping wing crafts and on neuroethology of flight and aerial navigation in bees. Dr Ravi returned to Australia in 2018 to join RMIT University as a Lecturer and in 2019 joined UNSW-Canberra as a Senior Lecturer. Dr Ravi's research overlaps engineering and biological sciences with an emphasis on using robotics as tools to seek insights into the sensorimotor systems of animals. Webpage.

Estuardo Robles

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Research interests: Zebrafish, Sensory Systems, Neural Development, Synaptogenesis, Axon, Dendrite

Estuardo RoblesSince my days of undergraduate research I have been fascinated by how neurons can self-assemble into circuits with highly specialized forms and functions. My current research interests are focused on using modern neuroanatomical techniques to guide hypothesis-driven studies into the function of specific visual circuits. Zebrafish is the ideal model system in which to perform these studies due to 1) a simple larval nervous system, 2) availability of transgenics to target specific neuron types, and 3) optical transparency that enables non-invasive imaging and optogenetic stimulation. Current projects are aimed at defining the morphology and physiology of genetically identified neurons in the zebrafish midbrain. Webpage.


Erica Heinrich

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Research interests: integrative and comparative physiology, respiratory physiology, oxygen transport, hypoxia, physiological ecology

Erica HeinrichDr. Heinrich is an Assistant Professor in the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine working with Dr. Timothy Bradley in the fields of comparative physiology and respiratory gas exchange in insects. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine with Dr. Frank Powell and Dr. Tatum Simonson where she studied human responses to hypoxia and environmental stress. Dr. Heinrich’s current research uses integrative physiological and genomic approaches to understand plasticity and adaptation to chronic hypoxia in environmental and clinical contexts. Her group uses a high-altitude exposure model to investigate the impact of chronic hypoxia on the control of breathing, immune function, and cardiovascular function. Webpage.

Kevin Murach

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Research interests: skeletal muscle biology, muscle stem cells, muscle epigenetics, muscle microRNAs, muscle aging, myonuclei

Kevin MurachDr. Murach received a PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University and post-doctoral training in muscle stem cell biology at the University of Kentucky Center for Muscle Biology. He is currently in Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas and leads the Molecular Muscle Mass Regulation Laboratory. His research broadly pertains to adult skeletal muscle mass regulation in the context of exercise, aging, and disease. Dr. Murach uses human muscle samples, conditional and inducible genetic mouse models, cell culture approaches, and single cell/nucleus techniques to address his research questions. Webpage.

Plant Biology

Sambasivam Periyannan

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Research interests: Molecular Genetics, Plant-Pathogen Interaction and Crop Breeding

Sambasivam PeriyannanSambasivam (Sam) Periyannan is a Scientist at the Agriculture and Food division of CSIRO and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Crop Science, University of Queensland, Australia. After completing PhD at the University of Sydney in 2011, Sam started his scientific career as a postdoctoral fellow (2011 – 2016) at CSIRO, where he eventually became an independent scientist in 2016 and leads the Crop Resistance Genes team since 2019. Sam’s research interest is centered on molecular genetics and plant pathology, focusing on understanding the interaction between cereal crops and rust pathogens. Between 2017-2019, Sam took a secondment position at the Australian National University to complete the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award project, where he extended his research further to understand the molecular interaction between Myrtaceae tree species and the myrtle rust pathogen. Webpage

Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Radhakrishnan Mahalakshmi

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Research interests: protein folding; membrane proteins; mitochondrial outer membrane; thermodynamics; folding kinetics; beta-barrels; translocase complex; metabolite channel; membrane chaperone; protein misfolding; neurodegeneration; synuclein; protein-lipid interaction; membrane protein interactome; protein spectroscopy

Radhakrishnan MahalakshmiDr. Radhakrishnan Mahalakshmi is a Professor and leader of the Molecular Biophysics Laboratory at IISER Bhopal (India), and a Wellcome Trust – DBT India Alliance Senior Fellow. She studies the folding, function, and regulation of the three vital human mitochondrial outer membrane proteins, namely VDACs, TOM complex, and SAM complex, using biophysical tools and single molecule ensemble approaches. Her research also addresses dynamics of the mitochondrial interactome, with emphasis on the interaction mechanisms and misimport pathways of α-synuclein. The overarching goal of her research is to correlate molecular regulators of protein folding and function with misfolding-associated neurodegenerative diseases in humans. Webpage