Editorial Board

Over 140 members of the genetics community serve on the Editorial Board of PLOS Genetics, making decisions about whether submitted manuscripts meet the journal’s publication criteria.

The editorial process is run as a partnership between the Editors-in-Chief, a team of Section Editors, and a group of academic experts who act as Associate Editors.


Gregory S. Barsh

Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, USA

Gregory P. Copenhaver

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, USA

Section Editors

Cancer Genetics

David J. Kwiatkowski

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard
Boston, USA

Peter McKinnon

St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, USA


Wendy A. Bickmore

Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit
Edinburgh, UK

Wolf Reik

The Babraham Institute
Cambridge, UK


Hopi E. Hoekstra

Harvard University
Cambridge, USA

Nicole King

University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, USA

Natural Variation

Greg Gibson

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, USA

Hua Tang

Stanford University
Stanford, USA

Scott M. Williams

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, USA

Prokaryotic Genetics

William F. Burkholder

Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Singapore, Singapore

Josep Casadesús

Universidad de Sevilla
Sevilla, Spain

Front Section Editors

Jane Gitschier

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
Interviews Editor

Elizabeth M. C. Fisher

University College London
London, UK
Reviews Editor

Susan M. Rosenberg

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, USA
Reviews Editor

Holly K. Tabor

University of Washington
Seattle, USA
Ethics Editor

Associate Editors

Gonçalo R. Abecasis

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, USA
Expertise: human complex disease: genetic mapping, computational and statistical tools

A. Aziz Aboobaker

University of Oxford
Oxford, UK
Expertise: regenerative biology, the evolution of development, functional genomics, ageing biology

Mark Achtman

University of Warwick
Coventry, UK
Expertise: genetically monomorphic bacterial pathogens, microbial phylogeography, comparisons of microbial genomes

Julie Ahringer

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Expertise: chromatin, epigenetics, transcription, genomics, C. elegans

Joshua M. Akey

University of Washington
Seattle, USA
Expertise: population genetics, genome evolution, genomics

Asifa Akhtar

Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology
Freiburg, Germany
Expertise: dosage compensation, chromatin and transcription, epigenetics

David B. Allison

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, USA
Expertise: obesity, quantitative genetics, clinical trials, and statistical and research methodology

Kaveh Ashrafi

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
Expertise: analysis of genetic and neuronal circuits of fat and feeding, C. elegans genetics

Utpal Banerjee 

University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA
Expertise: Drosophila development; metabolic control of cell fate flies and mammals; Drosophila hematopoiesis

Marisa S. Bartolomei

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA
Expertise: mouse genetics, genomic imprinting, mammalian epigenetics

Adam Bass

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, USA
Expertise: cancer genomics, targeted therapy, gastrointestinal carcinogenesis

John F. Bateman

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia
Expertise: genetics of inherited skeletal disorders, connective tissue disease, extracellular matrix biology

David J. Begun

University of California Davis
Davis, USA
Expertise: population genetics, evolutionary genetics, evolutionary genomics

David R. Beier

Seattle Children's Research Institute
Seattle, USA
Expertise: mouse genetics, positional cloning, development, mutagenesis, kidney disease

Kirsten Bomblies

Harvard University
Cambridge, USA
Expertise: genome evolution, evolutionary genetics, plant genetics

Giovanni Bosco

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Hanover, USA
Expertise: chromosome structure/function, epigenetics & transgenerational effects, neurogenetics & behaviour

Jürgen Brosius

University of Münster
Münster, Germany
Expertise: RNomics, phylogenomics, functional genomics

Geraldine Butler

University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
Expertise: fungal genetics, comparative fungal genomics, molecular evolution

Giacomo Cavalli

Institut de Génétique Humaine, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Montpellier, France
Expertise: polycomb, trithorax, 3D chromosome organization

Xuemei Chen

University of California Riverside
Riverside, USA
Expertise: small RNAs, epigenetics, plant development

Vivian G. Cheung

University of Michigan
Michigan, USA
Expertise: human genetics, genomics, genetics of gene expression

Andrew D. Chisholm

University of California San Diego
La Jolla, USA
Expertise: genetics of neuronal and epidermal morphogenesis, C. elegans genetics

Bruce E. Clurman

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, USA
Expertise: cancer biology, cell cycle control, proteolysis

Gitta Coaker

University of California, Davis
Davis, USA
Expertise: plant innate immunity, bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial effectors

Paula Cohen

Cornell University
Ithaca, USA
Expertise: meiosis, mammalian germ cells, reproduction, non-coding RNAs in mammals

Graham Coop

University of California Davis
Davis, USA
Expertise: population genetics, evolutionary genetics, human genetics

Gregory M. Cooper

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Huntsville, USA
Expertise: human genetics and genomics, genome annotation, clinical genome sequencing, variant interpretation

Chris Cotsapas

Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, USA
Expertise: complex trait genetics, immune-mediated diseases, genomics

Gregory A. Cox

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, USA
Expertise: neuromuscular disease, mouse genetics, positional cloning

Claude Desplan

New York University
New York, USA
Expertise: pattern formation in insect development

Anna Di Rienzo

University of Chicago
Chicago, USA
Expertise: population genetics, genetics of gene expression, pharmacogenetics

Susan K. Dutcher

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, USA
ExpertiseChlamydomonas genetics, ciliary and basal body biology, cytoskeleton, positional cloning, chloroplast genetics

Charis Eng

Cleveland Clinic Genomic Medicine Institute
Cleveland, USA
Expertise: Human cancer genetics/genomics, inherited cancer syndromes, microbiomics

Justin C. Fay

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, USA
Expertise: yeast genetics, genome evolution, population genetics

Cédric Feschotte

University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, USA
Expertise: mobile genetic elements, evolutionary genomics, genetic novelty, non-coding RNA and DNA

Aleksandra Filipovska

The University of Western Australia
Nedlands, Australia
Expertise: mitochondrial biology, RNA-binding proteins, gene expression, RNA metabolism, protein synthesis

Jonathan Flint

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
Oxford, UK
Expertise: complex trait genetics (mouse and human), QTL analysis, behavioral genetics, psychiatric genetics

Wayne N. Frankel, Founding Editor

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, USA
Expertise: genetics of epilepsy, neurogenetics, complex traits

Matthew L. Freedman

Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Broad Institute
Boston, USA
Expertise: complex trait analysis, functional interpretation of inherited variation, epigenetics

Danielle A. Garsin

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, USA
Expertise: prokaryotic genetics and gene regulation, C. elegans stress and pathogen responses, model systems of infection

Ronald B. Gartenhaus

University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Baltimore, USA
Expertise: translation, microRNAs, hematologic malignancies

Takashi Gojobori

National Institute of Genetics
Mishima, Japan
Expertise: evolutionary genetics, population genetics, bioinformatics, genomics-oriented human genetics

John M. Greally

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, USA
Expertise: epigenomics, cancer, type II diabetes mellitus, ageing and environmental influences on the epigenome

Henry T. Greely

Stanford Law School
Stanford, USA
Expertise: legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding health law and the biosciences

Mathilde Grelon

Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRA de Versailles
Versailles, France
Expertise: meiosis, recombination, plant biology

H. Leighton Grimes

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, USA
Expertise: hematologic malignancies, microRNA, transcription factors

Bruce A. Hamilton

University of California San Diego
La Jolla, USA
Expertise: neurogenetics, mouse models, modifier genes

Sarah Hake

University of California Berkeley
Albany, USA
Expertise: maize genetics, plant development, plant biology

R. Scott Hawley

Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City, USA
Expertise: meiosis, chromosome pairing, chromosome segregation, mutant screens and mutational analysis in Drosophila, mitosis, chromosome structure

Lin He

The University of California Berkely
Berkely, USA
Expertise: microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs and mouse models

Joseph Heitman

Duke University Medical Center
Durham, USA
Expertise: fungal genetics, microbial pathogenesis, sexual reproduction and sex determination

Diarmaid Hughes

Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden
Expertise: prokaryotic genetics, infectious disease, antibiotic resistance, evolution

Kent W. Hunter

National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, USA
Expertise: mouse quantitative genetics, cancer genetics, breast cancer, metastasis susceptibility

Sue Jinks-Robertson

Duke University
Durham, USA
Expertise: homologous recombination, mutagenesis, yeast genetics

Daniel B. Kearns

Indiana University
Bloomington, USA
Expertise: prokaryotic genetics, motility and multicellular behavior, cell biology, epigenetics and heterogeneous gene expression

Stuart K. Kim

Stanford University
Stanford, USA
Expertise: genomics, systems biology, C. elegans genetics, aging

Artyom Kopp

University of California Davis
Davis, California
Expertise: evolution of development, evolutionary genetics, developmental genetics

Achim Kramer

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Expertise: circadian biology, transcriptional regulation, posttranslational mechanisms

Nils-Göran Larsson

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
Cologne, Germany
Expertise: mitochondria, mitochondrial DNA/mtDNA, aging

Suzanne M. Leal

Baylor College of Medicine
Boston, USA
Expertise: methods in statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology, population and family-based association studies, linkage analysis

Jeannie T. Lee

Massachusetts General Hospital, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Boston, USA
Expertise: noncoding RNA, gene silencing, heterochromatin, sex chromosome biology, imprinting, transgenerational inheritance

Tosso Leeb

University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland
Expertise: domestic animals, monogenic traits, coat color

Michael Lichten

National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, USA
Expertise: meiosis, recombination, chromosome structure/function

Jason D. Lieb

University of Chicago
Chicago, USA
Expertise: genomics, chromatin, transcription

Bingwei Lu

Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, USA
Expertise: neurodegenerative disease modeling in Drosophila, developmental neurobiology, neural stem cells

Hiten D. Madhani

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
Expertise: control of gene expression, signaling, yeast

Nancy Maizels

University of Washington
Seattle, USA
Expertise: immunoglobulin genes, genomic instability, repair and mutagenesis mechanisms

Harmit S. Malik

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, USA
Expertise: eukaryotic mobile elements and host defenses, heterochromatin, molecular evolution, multigene families

Susan E. Mango

Harvard University
Cambridge, USA
ExpertiseC. elegans genetics, promoter analysis, genomics, organogenesis and development, epithelium formation

Jonathan Marchini

University of Oxford
Oxford, UK
Expertise: association mapping, statistical methods, human complex disease, population structure

Ivan Matic

Université Paris Descartes, INSERM U1001
Paris, France
Expertise: prokaryotic genetics, recombination, DNA repair, mutagenesis, evolution, infectious diseases

Rodney Mauricio

University of Georgia
Athens, USA
Expertise: plant population genetics, plant ecological genetics, genetic basis of complex traits

John M. McDowell

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, USA
Expertise: plant-pathogen interactions, plant genetics, functional genomics

Michael T. McManus

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
Expertise: RNA expression arrays, mouse transgenics, mechanisms of small RNA biology

Eric A. Miska

The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Expertise: non-coding RNA, epigenetics and genome stability

Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology
Vienna, Austria
Expertise: plant epigenetics, nucleus and chromatin, DNA repair

Mary C. Mullins

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA
Expertise: zebrafish genetics, positional cloning, developmental genetics

Stefan Mundlos

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
Berlin, Germany
Expertise: human genetics of developmental disorders, gene regulation, disease mechanisms

Coleen T. Murphy

Princeton University
Princeton, USA
Expertise: C. elegans, aging/longevity, genomics

Amanda J. Myers

University of Miami
Miami, USA
Expertise: human complex disease, gene mapping, genomics, expression analysis, proteomics

Michael W. Nachman

University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, USA
Expertise: population genetics, evolutionary genetics, speciation, adaptation

Joseph Opferman

St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, USA
Expertise: apoptosis, mitochondrial function, hematological malignancies

Harry T. Orr

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA
Expertise: mammalian genetics, neurodegeneration, triplet repeat diseases

Bret A. Payseur

University of Wisconsin
Madison, USA
Expertise: complex trait genetics, evolutionary genetics, evolutionary genomics, population genetics

Christopher E. Pearson

The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Expertise: disease-associated repeat instability, DNA replication, repair, recombination, mutagenesis, epigenetics

Norbert Perrimon

Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Boston, USA
ExpertiseDrosophila developmental genetics, signal transduction

Steven Petrou

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Melbourne, Australia
Expertise: Neurogenetics, Electrophysiology, Epilepsy, In vivo and in vitro genetic models

Dmitri A. Petrov

Stanford University
Stanford, USA
Expertise: inference of evolutionary patterns from molecular data, genome evolution, molecular population genetics, eukaryotic transposable elements

Vincent Plagnol 

University College London
London, UK
Expertise: rare disease genetics, association studies, transcriptomics, circulating DNA

Sharon E. Plon

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, USA
Expertise: genetic susceptibility to cancer, genomic instability, medical genetics, neurocutaneous disorders

Li-Jia Qu

Peking University
Beijing, China
Expertise: plant gametogenesis, leaf development, transcription factors

Paul M. Richardson

Emeryville, USA
Expertise: microbial genomics, sequencing technology

Samuli Ripatti

University of Helsinki and Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)
Helsinki, Finland
Expertise: genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, cardiometabolic diseases

Derry C. Roopenian

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, USA
Expertise: immunogenetics, mouse genetics

Mikkel H. Schierup

University of Aarhus
Aarhus, Denmark
Expertise: molecular evolution, comparative genomics, population genetics

Robert Schneider

Strasbourg, France
Expertise: chromatin biochemistry, histone modifications, epigenetics

Liliane Schoofs

KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Expertise: neuropeptides, G protein-coupled receptors, learning and memory, reproduction

Nicholas J. Schork

University of California, San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, USA
Expertise: the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases, computational and statistical tools

Dirk Schübeler

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Basel, Switzerland
Expertise: DNA methylation, chromatin structure, genomics approaches to studying transcriptional regulation

Hamish S. Scott

Centre for Cancer Biology, SA Pathology
Adelaide, Australia
Expertise: genomics, cancer genetics, epigenetics

Jeff Sekelsky

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, USA
Expertise: meiosis, recombination, DNA repair

Tricia R. Serio

The University of Arizona
Tucson, USA
Expertise: prions, protein misfolding, chaperones

Giorgio Sirugo

San Pietro Fatebenefratelli Hospital
Rome, Italy
Expertise: Human Genetics, Medical Genetics, Genetic Susceptibility to Infectious Disease

Michael Snyder

Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, USA
Expertise: yeast and human genomics and proteomics, chromosome segregation, morphogenesis, cell cycle

Lotte Søgaard-Andersen

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
Marburg, Germany
Expertise: prokaryotic genetics, polarity, cell cycle regulation, motility, development

Nancy B. Spinner

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA
Expertise: medical genetics, copy number variation, notch signaling in disease

Nathan M. Springer

University of Minnesota
St. Paul, USA
Expertise: plant genetics, epigenetics, imprinting, structural genomic variation

Barbara Stranger

University of Chicago
Chicago, USA
Expertise: genetics of gene expression, genomics, complex trait genetics

Lisa Stubbs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, USA
Expertise: mammalian genetics, comparative genomics, genome evolution, gene regulation

Eva H. Stukenbrock

Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Kiel, Germany
Expertise: fungal pathogens and host-pathogen interactions, population genomics, genome evolution

Beth A. Sullivan

Duke University
Durham, USA
Expertise: chromosome biology, mitosis, chromatin organization, epigenetics

Paul H. Taghert

Washington University Medical School
St. Louis, USA
Expertise: circadian biology, G protein-coupled receptor signaling, neuroendocrine cell biology

Man-Wah Tan

South San Francisco, USA
Expertise: host-pathogen interactions, bacterial genetics, innate immunity

David P. Toczyski

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
Expertise: yeast, the DNA damage checkpoint, cell cycle regulation

Bas van Steensel

Netherlands Cancer Institute
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Expertise: chromosome biology, chromatin genomics, nuclear lamina, bioinformatics

Patrick H. Viollier

University of Geneva Medical School
Geneva, Switzerland
Expertise: prokaryotic genetics, cell division, polarity, motility, developmental transcription

Christine A. Wells

The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Expertise: natural variation, genomics and transcriptomics, innate immunity

Emma Whitelaw

Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Brisbane, Australia
Expertise: epigenetics, mouse genetics, transcription

Andrew O. M. Wilkie

University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Expertise: genetics of craniofacial and limb development, mechanisms of mutation, molecular pathophysiology

Michael Worobey

University of Arizona
Tucson, USA
Expertise: virus, phylogenetics, molecular evolution

Hao Yu

National University of Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory
Singapore, Singapore
Expertise: plant functional genomics, plant reproductive development, phytohormone signaling

Eleftheria Zeggini

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Hinxton, United Kingdom
Expertise: complex disease, statistical genetics, association studies

Jianzhi Zhang

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, USA
Expertise: molecular evolution, genome evolution, evolutionary systems biology

Jin-Qiu Zhou

Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shanghai, China
Expertise: telomeres/telomerase, cellular ageing, yeast epigenetics

Consulting Editors

Carlos D. Bustamante

Stanford University
Stanford, USA
Expertise: evolutionary genomics, human diversity, population genetics

Andrew G. Clark

Cornell University
Ithaca, USA
Expertise: adaptive variation in natural populations, population genetics, evolution, genetic basis of complex disease

Emmanouil T. Dermitzakis

University of Geneva Medical School
Geneva, Switzerland
Expertise: population genomics, functional variation, gene expression

Anne C. Ferguson-Smith

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Expertise: mammalian developmental genetics and epigenetics, comparative genomics, gene regulation

James M. Ford

Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, USA
Expertise: cancer genetics, mammalian DNA repair, tumor suppressor genes

Michel Georges

University of Liège
Liège, Belgium
Expertise: complex traits, QTL mapping, epigenetics

David S. Guttman

University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Expertise: bacterial evolutionary genetics, evolution of virulence and host specificity, comparative genomics

James E. Haber

Brandeis University
Waltham, USA
Expertise: yeast genetics, recombination, DNA repair, replication

Marshall S. Horwitz

University of Washington
Seattle, USA
Expertise: human genetics, cancer genetics, mutagenesis

Tetsuji Kakutani

National Institute of Genetics
Mishima, Japan
Expertise: plant epigenetics, DNA methylation, heterochromatin

Nicholas Katsanis

Duke University
Durham, USA
Expertise: ciliary structure and function, oligogenic inheritance, morphogenetic signaling

Leonid Kruglyak

University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA
Expertise: genetic variation and disease, genomics, gene expression (human, dogs, yeast)

Trudy F. C. Mackay

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, USA
Expertise: complex trait genetics, QTL mapping, LD mapping, evolutionary genetics

Craig S. Pikaard

Indiana University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Bloomington, USA
Expertise: RNA-mediated gene silencing, epigenetics, RNA polymerases, transcription

Jonathan K. Pritchard

Stanford University
Stanford, USA
Expertise: population genetics, human population structure, association mapping

Patrick S. Schnable

Iowa State University
Ames, USA
Expertise: plant/crop genetics and genomics, cytoplasmic male sterility, meiotic recombination, heterosis

John D. Storey

Princeton University
Princeton, USA
Expertise: gene expression, computational and statistical tools, integrative genomics

Peter M. Visscher

Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Brisbane, Australia
Expertise: quantitative genetics, methods in statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology, complex disease genetics