Editorial Board

Our team of Academic Editors, who assist and advise our in-house editors on manuscripts during the review process.

Biophysics and Biomechanics

Anders Hedenström

Lund University, Sweden
Biomechanics, flight, aerodynamics, movement, migration, ecology and evolution of animal flight, high-speed wing motion analysis, airflow visualization, force measurement

Graham Taylor
University of Oxford, UK
Biomechanics, flight dynamics, swimming, control systems, sensory systems, sensory ecology (also: avian palaeontology, animal navigation, migration)


Cellular and Molecular Biology

Cancer Biology

Connie Eaves

Terry Fox Laboratory, Canada
Hematopoiesis, leukemic stem cells, chronic myeloid leukemia, breast cancer, mammary stem cells, transplantation, single cell studies

Albana Gattelli 

Ciudad Universitaria, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (FCEN), Argentina​
Breast and other solid cancers, cancer signalling and cancer immunology, mammary gland development (also: cell proliferation, migration and motility)

Monika Hegi
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Glioblastoma, brain tumours, epigenetics

Pascal Meier

Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
Cell death and inflammation, cancer, ubiquitin-mediated regulation of cell survival, cancer therapeutics

Mario Suva
Harvard University, USA
Glioblastoma, genomics, single cell analysis

Matt van de Rijn

Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Prognostic markers in sarcoma and cancer, cancer genomics

Cell Cycle

Hilary Coller

University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Molecular basis of quiescent cells; cancer-associated fibroblasts, genomic approaches to cell cycle and cancer

Bruce Edgar

University of Utah, USA
Drosophila cell growth, cell cycle, intestinal stem cell regulation, TOR signaling

Marcos Malumbres​
CNIO, Spain
Cell cycle, cell division/proliferation and cell differentiation, cell growth, mitosis, cancer metabolism, microcephaly (also: microRNAs, pluripotent stem cells)

David Pellman 

Advisory Board Member
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
Cell division, genome stability, chromosome segregation, cytoskeletal dynamics

Jon Pines

Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
Cancer, mitosis, chromosome segregation, cyclins

Sarah Zanders 

Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Molecular genetics and evolution; meiosis, meiotic drive, meiotic recombination, and genome evolution (also: fungal genomes and fungal evolution)

Cell Migration and Cell Death

Mathieu Bertrand

VIB Center for Inflammation Research, University of Ghent, Belgium
Signal transduction, cell death, inflammation, innate immune receptors, tumor necrosis factor receptors (TNFRs)

Ana Garcia-Sáez 

CECAD Research Center​, University of Cologne, Germany
Membrane biology and organization, regulated cell death, Bcl-2 proteins, membrane dynamics and biophysics, single molecule techniques, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, super resolution microscopy, FRAP, FRET, live cell imaging, model membrane systems

Hans-Uwe Simon  

University of Bern, Switzerland​
Role of apoptosis and autophagy in inflammatory diseases and cancer; innate immunity, inflammation, allergy, eosinophils, neutrophils, neutrophil extracellular traps, autophagy, immunopharmacology

Anna Huttenlocher
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Cell migration, chemotaxis, innate immunity and inflammation, zebrafish immunity, wound healing and cancer biology, leukocyte migration, regeneration

Laura Machesky

The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK
Cell migration, invasion, metastasis, actin cytoskeleton

Carole Parent 

The University of Michigan, USA
Cell migration, amoeboid migration in Dictyostelium and neutrophils, signal transduction, GPCR signaling, cytoskeleton dynamics, live cell imaging (also: metastatic migration and invasion)

Renata Basto
Institut Curie, France
Centriole and cilia biogenesis, microtubule organising center, stem cells, cancer

Dagmar Wachten
University of Bonn, Germany
Cilia biology, including sperm and primary cilia; ciliary signaling and ciliary function in health and disease; cell biology including cylic nucleotide signaling; optogenetics and high-resolution microscopy

Development and Signaling

Marianne Bronner

California Institute of Technology, USA
Developmental neurobiology, neural crest, epigenetics of development, evo-devo, early patterning and morphogenesis (also: stem cell biology, cell biology, neuroscience)

Kim Cooper

University of California, San Diego, USA
Limb development, musculoskeletal development, skeletal growth, bone reshaping; evolution and development; non-traditional model system - the Lesser Egyptian Jerboa, Jaculus jaculus

Cecilia Lo
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Cardiovascular development, congenital heart disease, cilia biology, ciliopathies, left-right patterning, mouse models, developmental genetics (also: neurodevelopment, live cell and embryo imaging, general embryology, gap junction biology)

Mary Mullins
University of Pennsylvania, USA
BMP, development, vertebrate body plan

Emma Rawlins
Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
Developmental biology (lung development and similar organs), organogenesis in vertebrates, adult stem cell biology (also: cell fate decisions in model organisms e.g. Drosophila, stem cell-related cancer biology, cell biology)

Yi-Hsien Su
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Evolution of the gene regulatory circuitries patterning body axes and specifying cell fates, early embryogenesis, BMP signaling, developmental mechanisms of deuterostomes (echinoderm sea urchin, hemichordate acorn worm)

Nic Tapon

The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Tissue growth control, morphogenesis in model organisms, Hippo pathway, organ size and shape control (also: cell polarity, cell cycle, programmed cell death, mechanotransduction, cellular signalling in development, coupling between growth and nutrition, actin cytoskeleton)

Amy Weinmann  

University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Cell fate decisions during development, lineage-specifying transcription factors, metabolism, T cell differentiation

Simon Hughes 

King's College, London, UK
Muscle fibres, muscle patterning, somite assembly, tracking cell processes in vivo

Konrad Basler  

University of Zurich, Switzerland
Signaling pathways in development, Wnt, Hh, TGFbeta, TNF

Caroline Hill 

Advisory Board Member
The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Growth factors, TGF-beta, cancer, development

François Schweisguth

Institut Pasteur, France
Notch signaling, asymmetric cell division, epithelial polarity and morphogenesis, cell fate decisions, developmental patterning, Drosophila cell and developmental processes

Ursula Jakob  

University of Michigan, USA
Bacterial response to oxidative stress; redox regulation and the role of oxidative stress in host defense and aging

Stem Cells

Joshua Brickman 

University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Early embryonic development, stem cells, differentiation, transcription

Christa Bücker  

Max Perutz Labs, Vienna, Austria
Stem cell biology (early embryonic development, pluripotent stem cell states, cell fate transitions, differentiation, transcription, enhancers) and gene expression regulation (enhancers, PolII transcription, chromatin dynamics, transcription factors)

Catarina Homem

CEDOC / NOVA Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal
Neurogenesis, neurodevelopment, stem cells, neural stem cells, stem cell metabolism, Drosophila metabolism, Drosophila endocrinology and physiology, cancer metabolism, cell growth, cell fate decisions, asymmetric cell division

Bon-Kyoung Koo
Institute for Basic Science, Daejeon, South Korea
Mouse genetics - development, cancer genetics, organogenesis, tissue homeostasis, Notch and Wnt signaling pathways, ubiquitination; organoids, intestinal and gastric adult tissue stem cells, adult and pluripotent stem cells; development of genetic tools for lineage tracing and advanced genetic engineering, CRISPR/Cas9 technology (also: cancer modeling, single cell RNA sequencing)

Madeline Lancaster

University of Cambridge, UK
Organoids, developmental neurobiology, neural stem cells, neural differentiation, brain evolution

Sally Lowell
University of Edinburgh, UK
Stem cell biology, pluripotent cells, early mouse embryonic development (also: vertebrate developmental biology, biology of regeneration)

Tom Rando 

Stanford University, USA
Muscle cell and stem cell biology, aging, Wnt and Notch signaling, muscular dystrophy, tissue regeneration, tissue engineering

Kate Storey
University of Dundee, UK
Neural differentiation, embryonic stem cells, FGF, retinoic acid

Yukiko Yamashita
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA​
Adult stem cells, stem cell niche, spindle orientation, polarity, asymmetric stem cell division, germ cells


Judith Campisi

Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA
Cancer, aging, cell senescence, inflammation

Jennifer Garrison
Buck Institute, USA
Neuromodulators, neuropeptide signaling, aging, imaging, genetics, C. elegans, mouse

Thomas Kirkwood

Newcastle UniversityUK
Mechanisms of cellular aging, evolution and genetics of aging, caloric restriction, mathematical biology, biological standardization

Heidi Tissenbaum

University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Aging, insulin, IGF1, lifespan, fat storage, forkhead transcription factor DAF-16


Fernanda Ceriani
Fundación Instituto Leloir, Argentina
Drosophila circadian clocks, circadian control of behavior, neuronal structural plasticity (also: use of C. elegans, Drosophila, invertebrate models for mechanisms of neurodegeneration and aging)

Samer Hattar 

Light, circadian rhythms, sleep; light detection in mammalian retina

Achim Kramer
Charité­–Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Mammalian circadian rhythms, post-translational regulation, circadian clock in the olfactory system and immune system, chronobiology, (also: sleep)

Gene Expression Regulation

Peter Becker

Advisory Board Member
Adolf Butenandt Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany
Chromatin dynamics, nucleosome remodeling, transcription, Drosophila dosage compensation, epigenetics

Jeff Coller

Johns Hopkins University, USA​
RNA Biology, mRNA translation, mRNA stability, RNA processing

Wendy Gilbert
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Translational control, ribosomes, RNA modifications (also: RNA Biology)

Petra Hajkova  

MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, UK
Epigenetic reprogramming and chromatin remodeling in the developing mouse germ line and in the mouse zygote; DNA modifications, chromatin assembly/disassembly and underlying histone dynamics (also: early mammalian development and pluripotency)

James Kadonaga

University of California, San Diego, USA
RNA polymerase II-mediated transcription, chromatin dynamics, promoter elements, ribosome biogenesis, chromatin assembly process, nucleosomes

René Ketting 

IMB, Mainz, Germany
Non-coding RNAs, piRNA and siRNA biology, zebrafish and C. elegans, gene regulation, general germ cell development and early embryogenesis

Eros Lazzerini-Denchi 

National Cancer Institute, USA
Telomere biology, genomic instability, DNA damage/repair, chromosome structure, replication

Tom Misteli

Advisory Board Member
National Cancer Institute, USA
Chromatin, nuclear architecture, epigenetics, splicing, imaging

Phil Zamore

University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
miRNAs, siRNAs, piRNAs

Genome Stability and DNA Repair

Scott Keeney
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Meiosis, recombination (using following tools - genetics, biochemistry, cytology, and genomics/bioinformatics), DNA repair, chromosome structure, topoisomerases, chromatin structure, DNA replication (also: gametogenesis, chromosome segregation, cell cycle)

Tanya Paull

The University of Texas at Austin, USA
DNA damage response, checkpoint activation, DNA double-strand breaks, oxidative stress signaling, protein kinases and signaling

Agata Smogorzewska

Rockefeller University, USA
DNA repair (also: telomeres, human genetics)


Heather Christofk

University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Cancer metabolism, viral metabolism, metabolomics, stem cell metabolism, signaling pathway regulation of metabolism

Giovanni D’Angelo 

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Biosynthetic pathways, glycosphingolipids, membrane trafficking, lipid biology (also: imaging mass spectrometry and organoids biology)

Alex Gould
The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Drosophila – metabolism, development, lifespan, physiology, endocrinology, developmental neurobiology (also: cancer metabolism, metabolomics, neural stem cells, cell signaling, cell competition)

Rebecca Haeusler
Columbia University, USA
Metabolic diseases, energy metabolism, bile acid metabolism, lipoproteins, diabetes, insulin resistance and signaling, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis

Gökhan Hotamışlıgil  

Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Energy metabolism and metabolic homeostasis, interactions between metabolism and immune response, metabolic diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes), adipocyte differentiation and function, lipid nutrient biology

Jason Locasale
Duke University School of Medicine, USA
Structure and function of metabolic networks in health and pathology, cancer metabolism, metabolic control of chromatin state and epigenetics, metabolomics, computational approaches to understanding metabolic networks

Susanne Mandrup  

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Metabolism, transcriptional regulation of metabolism in adipocytes and pancreatic beta-cells, adipocyte differentiation, lineage commitment of human mesenchymal stem cells, acyl-CoA binding protein (ACBP)

Nicole Soranzo

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Human complex trait genomics and genetics, cardiometabolic diseases (e.g. coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes)

Mary Teruel
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, USA
Systems biology of cell differentiation; adipogenesis and osteogenesis; microscopy/imaging and mass spec tools; fluorescent probe development; quantitative biology; biological oscillations (such as circadian rhythms, hormonal signals, cell cycle), cell-to-cell variation/noise/heterogeneity; proteomics; understanding how feedback, noise, and the timing of oscillatory inputs critically control cell-fate decisions in the context of obesity, diabetes, cancer, aging, and tissue regeneration; insulin resistance (also: computational modeling)

Rong Tian

University of Washington, USA
Energy metabolism, cardiovascular disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic signaling, NMR

Parasite Biology

Tania De Koning-Ward  

Deakin University, Australia
Malaria, host-pathogen interactions, pathogenesis and protein trafficking, virulence mechanisms and immunity to human and animal model pathogens

Michael Duffy
University of Melbourne, Australia
Plasmodium biology, malaria, antigenic variation, chromatin structure, epigenetics, transcription, nuclear biology (also: other parasites, serology of infectious disease, Illumina sequencing based projects)

Kami Kim

University of South Florida, USA
Infectious diseases, parasitology, especially Apicomplexan parasites (Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium), host-pathogen interactions including bacteria, fungi, parasites; systems biology; epigenetics

André Schneider
University of Bern, Switzerland
Mitochondrial biogenesis in Trypanosoma brucei, mitochondrial tRNA and protein import, mitochondrial biogenesis; organelles in parasitic protist

Boris Striepen

University of Pennsylvania, USA
Protozoan parasites, parasite chloroplast, drug development, Apicomplexa, Toxoplasma

Gary Ward

University of Vermont, USA
, host cell invasion, parasite multiplication and host cell lysis, apicomplexan parasites


Masahito Ikawa
Osaka University, Japan
Mammalian reproductive systems, sperm and male fertility, spermatogenesis, sperm function, fertilization, oocyte activation

Polina Lishko 

University of California, Berkeley, USA
Reproductive physiology of mammalian fertilization, human sperm cells and sperm ion channels, sperm motility and male infertility, ovarian aging; calcium channels, ligand-gated ion channels, proton channels; mitochondria

Rocio Rivera

University of Missouri, USA
Mammalian reproductive biology, epigenetics, superovulation, fertility and aging

Carmen Williams 

Physiology of mammalian fertilization, human sperm cells and sperm ion channels

Mariana Wolfner
Cornell University, USA
Reproduction, function of seminal fluid proteins, oocyte activation

Trafficking and Cellular Dynamics

Anna Akhmanova

Utrecht University, Netherlands
Organization and dynamics of the microtubule dynamics, microtubule-based organelle transport and motor proteins (kinesins, dyneins), microtubule-based processes in neurons (also: vesicle trafficking, Rab GTPases, cell polarity, migration, mitotic spindle organization)

Fred Hughson

Princeton University, USA
Intracellular trafficking, membrane vesicles, bacterial communication and quorum sensing

Sophie Martin

University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Cell polarity, cytoskeleton, membrane fusion/trafficking, cell cycle (also: yeast cell biology)

Maya Schuldiner 

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Yeast systems biology and cell biology, translocation into organelles, protein sorting, membrane contact sites and trafficking

Anne Simonsen
University of Oslo, Norway
Autophagy, membrane trafficking, endocytosis

Sharon Tooze  

The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Autophagy, biogenesis of autophagosomes, Atg proteins


Andrea Cimarelli
INSERM-CNRS, Université Lyon, France​
Virology, immunology, retroviruses, interferon, restriction factors, cell biology

Karla Kirkegaard
Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Virology, genetic susceptibility to infectious disease, autophagy, long noncoding RNAs

Sarah Rowland-Jones

Advisory Board Member
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK
Immunity to virus infection, immune response, HIV, vaccines

Bill Sugden
University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
EBV, Burkitts lymphoma, herpesvirus, mononucleosis, B cell lymphomas, LMP1 gene, cellular unfolded protein response, autophagy in B-cells, EBNA1, oriP, viral replication



Pedro Jordano
Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Spain
Biodiversity, integrative ecology, ecological interactions and systems (e.g. mutualistic networks between plants, pollinators and seed dispersers), evolutionary ecology, population genetics, theoretical ecology

Michel Loreau

Advisory Board Member
Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station, CNRS & Paul Sabatier University, Moulis, France
Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecology, evolutionary ecology

Anurag Agrawal

Cornell University, USA
Ecology, evolution, plant–insect interaction, herbivory, community ecology

Craig Moritz

Australian National University, Australia
Ecology, evolution, molecular markers to infer population processes, habitat changes, faunas, rainforest biota, conservation biology

Hélène Morlon

École Normale Supérieure, France
Macroevolution, macroecology, community assembly, microbial biogeography, biodiversity, conservation

Wenying Shou
University College, London, UK
Quantitative experimental biology, mathematical modeling of biological systems, ecology and evolution in microbial communities, evolution of cooperation and multi-level selection, spatial patterning and self-organization

Andrew Tanentzap
University of Cambridge, UK
Ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, global change, macroecology, biodiversity, plant-animal interactions, conservation, mathematical and statistical modelling, plant ecology, phylogenetics, macroevolution

Gail Patricelli 

University of California, Davis, USA
Behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, visuals signals and conservation in birds, reproduction, sexual selection and signaling in birds

Andy Dobson

Princeton University, USA
Ecology of infectious diseases, conservation, carnivores


Evolutionary Biology

Mark Siegal
New York University, USA
Drosophila and yeast evolutionary systems biology (variation in regulatory systems using experimental and/or theoretical methods), evolution and genetics of complex traits, robustness, canalization, evolutionary plasticity, stochasticity, cryptic genetic variation, high-throughput phenotyping/image analysis, genetics and evolution of sexual differentiation in invertebrates (also: Drosophila and yeast developmental genetics, vertebrate sexual differentiation, analysis of human genetic variation)

Tiago Bosisio Quental 

USP, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Paleobiology, macroevolution, speciation, extinction, diversity dynamics, biotic interactions, ecology

Michael Jennions  

The Australian National University, Australia
Behavioural and reproductive ecology, whole organism evolutionary biology, sexual selection, meta-research

Laurent Keller  

University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Animal behaviour, ecology, evolutionary genetics and genomics, insects

Catherine Hobaiter
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Evolution of communication and social behaviour, primate behaviour, animal cognition (also: socio-ecology in mammals, human behaviour)

Selene Fernández Valverde  

LANGEBIO Cinvestav, Irapuato, Mexico
Transcriptomics, gene regulation and non-coding RNAs in model and non-model organisms, genomic/bioinformatic approaches in evolution of gene regulatory systems, RNA-Seq and small RNA sequencing, genome annotation (also: novel sequencing techniques, development of genomic techniques for non classical model organisms)

Andreas Hejnol
University of Bergen, Norway
Developmental biology, evolutionary developmental biology and comparative genomics; molecular phylogenetics and gene regulation

Abdou Khila
IGFL Lyon, France
Developmental genomics and evolution; selective pressures in shaping animal diversity, body plan organization, morphogenetic segmentation; conquest of new ecological habitats, water strider

Arjan de Visser  

Wageningen University, Netherlands
Microbial experimental evolution, epistasis, evolution of sex and recombination, evolution of antibiotic resistance (also: evolutionary genetics and evolutionary ecology relating to bacteria and fungi)

Csaba Pál  

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Experimental evolution, microbial evolution, antibiotic resistance, network evolution (evolutionary systems biology)

Harmit Malik
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Genome evolution, evolution of centromeres, innate and intrinsic immunity against viruses, mobile genetic elements in Drosophila

Leonie Moyle​
Indiana University, USA
Genome evolution, genetics, speciation, adaptation, evolutionary ecology, sexual conflict (also: sexual selection, plant reproductive biology, evolutionary genomics)

Nora Besansky
University of Notre Dame, USA
Evolutionary adaptation, hybridization, introgression, cryptic speciation, gene flow, invertebrate genomics, malaria, vector biology

Laurence Hurst

Advisory Board Member
University of Bath, UK
Evolutionary genetics and genomics, computational and mathematical modelling

Claudia Bank
University of Bern, Switzerland
Microbial evolution, population genetics, speciation, statistics, experimental evolution, theory, mathematical modeling

Isabel Gordo
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
Bacterial evolution, population genetics, microbiome

Nick Barton  

Advisory Board Member
The Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Evolutionary biology, population genetics, mathematical models of evolution, species adaptation, natural selection

Qiaomei Fu​
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Population genetics, ancient human genomics, human evolution, ancient DNA, early modern humans

Chris Jiggins
University of Cambridge, UK
Population genetics, speciation, introgression

Kelly Swarts
University of Vienna, Austria
Population genetics, ancient DNA, plants



Avinash Bhandoola
National Cancer Institute, USA
Hematopoietic progenitor cells, migration to the thymus, Nature Helper Cells (T cell like cells), T cell leukemias and immunodeficiencies

Ken Cadwell
New York University, USA
Host–pathogen interactions, basic immunology, inflammation, autophagy, microbiome (virome), norovirus, mucosal immunity, inflammatory bowel disease (also: lymphocyte differentiation, molecular bacteriology)

Tom Freeman
Janssen Immunology, US​A
Transcriptomics, network analysis, pathway modelling, immunobiology, macrophages (also: cell cycle and cancer).

Philippa Marrack

Advisory Board member
National Jewish Health and University of Colorado, USA
Immunology, T cell specificity and response

David Nemazee

Scripps Research Institute, USA
Receptor editing in B lymphocytes, antigen receptors, autoreactive lymphocytes, B cells, recombinase genes

Paula Oliver

University of Pennsylvania, USA
T cell biology, ubiquitin pathway biology, adaptive immunity, autoimmune and allergic disease

Feng Shao
NIBS (National Institute of Biological Sciences), China
Innate immunity, pyroptosis, inflammation, cell death, bacterial-host interaction

Takeshi Tsubata
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
B lymphocyte biology, antibody responses, autoimmune diseases (also: lectins)


Infectious Disease Dynamics

Tobias Bollenbach​
University of Cologne, Germany
Systems biology, microbial ecology and evolution, drug combinations and antibiotic resistance, biophysics, computational biology, ecosystem modeling, gene regulatory networks, population modeling

Christophe Fraser
University of Oxford , UK
Mathematical and computational modelling of pathogen dynamics, epidemiology of infectious disease, evolutionary/within host pathogen dynamics, pathogen genetics &genomics, HIV, Streptococcus pneumoniae, antimicrobial resistance, evolution of virulence & emerging outbreaks (also: population genetics, mathematical modelling of biological processes, bioinformatics software, non-infectious disease epidemiology)

Andrew Read
Penn State University, USA
Evolution, ecology of infectious diseases, vaccines, insecticides, malaria, drug resistance

Roland Regös
Institute of Integrative Biology, Zurich, Switzerland
Theoretical and quantitative biology – virus dynamics (HIV, SIV, Salmonella typhimurium, LCMV), infectious disease dynamics, mathematical immunology, epidemiology and evolutionary ecology

Steven Riley
Imperial College London, UK
Transmission of human pathogens, emerging viruses (influenza), disease dynamics, mathematical models, public health, spatial ecology, host–pathogen interactions, phylogenetic studies

David Schneider

Advisory Board Member
Stanford University, USA
Microbiology and immunology, infectious disease



Michael Laub 

Advisory Board Member
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Bacterial signal transduction, cell cycle progression, cellular asymmetry, two-component signal transduction, stress, checkpoints, genome stability

Matt Waldor 

Advisory Board Member
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
Evolution, bacterial pathogenicity, mechanisms of bacterial cell processes (e.g. cell polarity), enteric pathogens, virulence control and therapeutics

Jonathan Eisen  

Advisory Board Member​
University of California, Davis, USA
Microbes, microbiome, phylogenetics, functional genomics

Victor Sourjik  

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology & LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology, Germany
Bacterial motility, systems biology, chemotaxis, signal transduction, bacterial cell biology, biofilms, synthetic biology (also: applications of fluorescence microscopy techniques, experimental evolution and mathematical modeling to study microorganisms.)

Nancy Moran  

University of Texas at Austin, USA
Biology of symbiosis, insect and bacterial symbionts, aphid genes, carotenoid biosynthesis

Luis Teixeira
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
Host-microbe interactions, endosymbionts, Wolbachia, microbiota, insect immunity, antiviral immunity, innate immunity (also: Drosophila genetics and physiology)

Joseph Heitman
Duke University Medical Center, USA
Microbial pathogenesis, sexual reproduction and evolution, virulence, fungal pathogens, antifungal drugs

Aaron Mitchell
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Virulence mechanisms, biofilm formation, fungal pathogen-host interactions, Candida

Anita Sil
University of California, San Francisco, USA
Fungal pathogens, temperature-sensing, cell shape, host-pathogen interactions, innate immune response

Janelle Ayres

Salk Institute of Biological Studies, USA
Host-bacterial interactions (commensal and pathogens), microbial tolerance and resistance, antimicrobials and therapeutics




Chris Pierce  

Rutgers University, USA
Behavioral neuroscience, systems neuroscience, addiction (drug addiction, cocaine addiction), epigenetics, transgenerational epigenetics 

Eric Nestler

Advisory Board Member
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Addiction and depression, epigenetics

Cellular Physiology and Molecular Neurobiology

Gillian Bates  

University College, London, UK
Neurodegeneration, Huntington’s disease, polyglutamine disorders, amyloid, proteostasis, preclinical evaluation

Richard Daneman

University of California, San Diego, USA
Neurovascular development, blood-brain barrier, neurovascular disease, glial cell biology, neurovascular coupling, neuron glial interactions, neuroinflmmation, multiple sclerosis, stroke, CNS drug delivery, regulation of neurotransmitters, mouse models of neurological disease

Franck Polleux​
Columbia University, USA
Mammalian brain connectivity, neuronal differentiation, synaptic development, human brain evolution, mouse brain development, cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Ben Emery​
Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Myelin biology, glial biology, axoglial interactions, demyelinating diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis) and animal models of demyelination/remyelination; oligodendrocytes and their progenitors (also: astrocytes, Schwann cells, microglia)

Marc Freeman

Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Neurodevelopment, glial cell biology, axon biology, axon degeneration, neuronal pruning, engulfment signaling or phagocytosis, nerve injury, model organism genetics – Drosophila, C. elegans, Zebrafish (also: cell death, development, tissue patterning, lineages, cell-cell signaling)

Kelly Monk  

Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Glia, myelin, neuron-glial interactions, adhesion GPCRs, zebrafish and mouse genetics (also: neurodevelopment, model organism genetics, peripheral nervous system development and repair)

Mikael Simons  

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Germany
Glia, myelin, regeneration (also: neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation)

Bing Ye
University of Michigan, USA
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the morphogenesis of neurons and the assembly of Drosophila neural circuits

Heather Cameron

National Institute of Mental Health, USA
Neurogenesis in hippocampus, granule cells, stress, depression, learning and memory

Joshua Dubnau
Stony Brook University, USA
Drosophila neurogenetics, Drosophila models of neurodegeneration, olfactory behavior and learning, impact of mobile elements on aging, neurodegeneration and the nervous system (also: somatic mosaicism, animal models of aging, single cell RNAseq and DNA sequencing)

Bassem Hassan

Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France
Neurogenetics, development, whole-brain culture and imaging, Wnt, cell fate

Paul Shaw​
Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Sleep, neuronal plasticity and memory in Drosophila

Alberto Bacci​
Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France
Cellular neurophysiology, neocortex, synaptic inhibition and auto-modulation of brain cortex microcircuits

Matthew Dalva

Thomas Jefferson University, USA
Synapse and neural circuit generation, cell adhesion

Cagla Eroglu​
Duke University Medical Center, USA
Synaptic network formation during development and remodeling during learning and disease, glial cells, astrocytes

Yi-Ping Hsueh
Academica Sinica, Taiwan
Neuronal morphogenesis, synapse formation, neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodegeneration, mouse genetic models for autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders; neuroinflammation, endoplasmic reticulum, protein synthesis and cytoskeletons in neuronal morphogenesis and related disorders

Eunjoon Kim
KAIST, Korea
Molecular organization and functional coordination of neuronal synapses; synapse development, synaptic scaffolding and adhesion molecules, synaptic transmission and plasticity, psychiatric disorders, autism, intellectual disability; synaptopathies; molecular, cell-biological, biochemical, anatomical, imaging, electrophysiological, and behavioral tools

Peter Scheiffele

University of Basel, Switzerland
Neuronal circuit assembly, synapse formation, psychiatric disorders, synapses, autism, schizophrenia

Tom Südhof  

Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Synapse formation and synaptic transmission (synaptic cell biology, physiology, circuits), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, autism and schizophrenia

Claude Desplan

New York University, USA
Visual system development, evo–devo, neurogenesis, electrophysiology, cell fate, Drosophila

Sensory Systems/Biology

Richard Benton
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Sensory biology, chemosensation, Drosophila genetics and behavior (also: evolutionary neurobiology and neurodevelopment in invertebrate systems)

Manuel Malmierca​
University of Salamanca, Spain
Auditory neurophysiology; coding of stimulus-specific neuronal adaptation, sensory processing, neurocircuitry and neuropharmacology, cortical and subcortical plasticity, subcortical processing

Carl Petersen

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Sensory and motor systems neuroscience, neuronal circuits, synaptic transmission, electrophysiology and optical imaging techniques

Piali Sengupta

Advisory Board Member
Brandeis University, USA
Sensory neurons, neuron specification, cilia development, pheromone signaling, chemoreceptor genes, cellular memory, thermosensation

Tom Baden​
University of Sussex, UK
Methods, open hardware; vertebrate retina, systems neuroscience, zebrafish (also: mice, primates, salamander, birds)

Jonathan Demb

Yale University, USA
Sensory and visual neuroscience, retina, visual cortex, two-photon imaging, patch-clamp recording of synapses, imaging glutamate sensors

Adam Kohn

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Systems and computational neuroscience, visual processing, cortical plasticity, population coding

Chris Pack

McGill University, Canada
Visual neurophysiology, visual cortex, system identification methods

Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

Jennifer Bizley
University College London, UK
Auditory physiology, object recognition and perceptual invariance, selective attention

Simon Hanslmayr
University of Glasgow, UK​
Neural oscillations in human memory and attentions; MEG, EEG, combined EEG-fMRI, intracranial EEG and human single unit recordings, brain stimulation methods (tACS, tDCS, rTMS and intracranial electrical stimulation)

David Poeppel

New York University, USA
Neural basis of speech perception, language processing, auditory perception and cognition, music, MEG, EEG, and fMRI (also: systems neuroscience)

Matthew Rushworth

University of Oxford, UK
Experimental psychology, decision-making, brain connections and interactions, social cognition, neuro-rehabilitation, frontal lobes

Chris Summerfield
University of Oxford, UK
Human cognitive science/neuroscience, visual cognition, attention, learning and memory systems, executive function and decision-making, including systems-level computational models and neural network models

Lars Chittka
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Sensory, behaviour, vision, olfaction, communication, learning

Frans de Waal
Emory University, USA
Primate behavior, cultural learning, behavioral economics, empathy, communication, social reciprocity and conflict resolution in primates

Alexander Gail
Georg August University of Göttingen, Germany
Sensorimotor integration, cognitive movement planning, neuroprosthetics, neuronal synchronization, visual object coding; methods: awake monkey electrophysiology, extracellular multi-channel microelectrode recordings, psychophysics in human and non-human primates, correlation and spectral coherence analysis, pattern recognition

Jozsef Csicsvari
Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Hippocampus, oscillations, systems neuroscience, behavior, learning and memory, neurophysiology – cellular, network, synaptic (also: computational and complex data analysis, imaging)

Ben Seymour

University of Oxford, UK
Computational and systems neuroscience of pain, pain and aversive/fear learning, pain perception, behavior and decision-making, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and learning theory, body-machine and brain-machine applications for chronic pain (also: reward, motivation, and decision-making; somatosensory neuroscience)

Aniruddha Das
Columbia University, USA
Visual processing; brain hemodynamics and neural/physiological basis of the hemodynamic response (also: sensory processing - auditory, somatosensory)

Frank Tong

Vanderbilt University, USA
Human visual perception, orientation and motion perception, face and object perception, mechanisms of visual attention, visual working memory and imagery

Simon W. Townsend
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Animal behavioral ecology, bird song, vocalization, animal cognition and sociality, evolutionary linguistics

Tor Wager  

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
Pain and emotion, multivariate brain connectivity, predictive models of brain activity

Systems/Computational Neuroscience

Claus Hilgetag
University of Hamburg, Germany
Structural and functional connectivity of the mammalian cerebral cortex; analytical tools, computational neuroscience

Henry Kennedy
INSERM, France
Brain physiology, anatomy and development, connectivity, cortical development; large-scale structural and dynamic models of cortex (also: rodent primate distinctions in adult and development)


Plant Biology

Xuemei Chen
University of California at Riverside, USA
Plant development, noncoding RNAs, stem cell maintenance

Xinnian Dong

Duke University, USA
Plant­–microbe interactions, pathogens, plant immunity, hormones

Mark Estelle

University of California, San Diego, USA
Plant hormones, auxin, ubiquitin, transcription

Sophien Kamoun
The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
Plant host–pathogen interaction, effector biology, genome evolution

June Nasrallah

Advisory Board Member
Cornell University, USA
Cell–cell interactions, pollination biology, comparative genomics


Structural Biology

Charlotte Deane
University of Oxford, UK
Structure and computational biology, protein structure prediction and protein interaction networks, biological networks, small molecule design

Raimund Dutzler  

University of Zurich, Switzerland
Transmembrane ion transport mechanisms, chloride channels and transporters, X-ray crystallography

Franca Fraternali  

King's College London, UK
Structural biology of proteins and nucleic acids; systems biology; protein structure prediction; molecular dynamics of folded and misfolded proteins; statistical analysis of protein interaction networks; bioinformatics and computational biology

Raquel Lieberman
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Structural biology, structure-function of proteins and enzymes, protein mis/folding, molecular chaperones, molecular/chemical biophysics (also: enzymology, metallo-enzymology, medicinal chemistry/drug discovery, eye diseases, biomedical engineering)

Ann Stock

Advisory Board Member
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, USA​
Protein structure, receptor-mediated signal transduction, bacterial chemotaxis, X-ray chrystallography

Kylie Walters 

National Cancer Institute, USA
Structural biology, NMR spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography, proteasome, ubiquitin signaling, protein quality control, myosin VI (also: protein folding/molecular chaperones, autophagy, endocytosis)


Synthetic Biology

Chaitan Khosla

Stanford University, USA
Chemical engineering, polyketide biosynthesis, antibiotic biosynthesis, celiac disease, antivirals


Systems Biology

Nathalie Balaban 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Systems biology, biophysics, nanoscience, microbiology

Naama Barkai
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Design principles of biological circuits, phenotypic heterogeneity & persistence, DNA replication & chromatin, hybrid vigor, morphogen gradients & scaling, cell size control

Sui Huang​
Institute for Systems Biology, USA
Application of dynamical systems modeling to mammalian cells, stem cell differentiation and cancer, computational biology, theory of complex dynamical systems applied to higher organisms and medicine, cell plasticity in progression and drug resistance, evolution of complex systems, pattern formation, evolutionary constraints, gene networks, single-cell transcriptomics (also: bioinformatics, cancer genomics, tumor angiogenesis, stroma, signal transduction in mammalian cells)

Robert Insall
The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK
Quantitative cell biology, computational modeling, cell migration, chemotaxis, SCAR/WAVE complex, pseudopods



Lisa Bero

University of Colorado, USA​
Research evidence, bias in preclinical and clinical studies, research communication with social, political and ethical context, methodological analyses of nutrition research (prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease), improving medicines for noncommunicable diseases in low-resource settings

Isabelle Boutron
Université Paris Descartes, France
Evaluation of non-pharmacological treatments, risk of bias, the problems of knowledge and transparency of research

Chris Chambers
Cardiff University, UK
Registered Reports and meta-research; brain stimulation (TMS, TES) and brain imaging techniques (fMRI, MRS, MEG) to understand cognitive control, attention and awareness in the human brain; translational applications of cognitive neuroscience in the domain of obesity and behaviour change

Ulrich Dirnagl
Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Neurology, pre-clinical research, stroke, brain damage, cerebral blood flow regulation, brain imaging

Jonathan Kimmelman
McGill University, Canada
Bioethics of translational clinical research, investigation of risk, prediction, validity and knowledge value across the trajectory of drug development, the role and content of clinical research ethics

Malcolm Macleod
University of Edinburgh, UK
Neurology, pre-clinical research, evidence-based translational medicine, sources of bias in experimental design

Marcus Munafò  

University of Bristol, UK
Registered Reports & meta-research; genome-wide association studies/genomics (also: genetic and cognitive influences on addictive behaviour and tobacco and alcohol use)

Bob Siegerink
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands​
Meta-research, Bayesian inference, models of decision making; human-centred research methodology, including observational studies, and clinical trials (also: thrombosis/hemostasis, coagulation factor)