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)


Nathalie Balaban

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

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

Nancy Hynes

Advisory Board Member
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, University of Basel, Switzerland
Breast cancer, receptor tyrosine kinases and signaling, breast cancer metastasis and migration

Pascal Meier

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

Jeremy Rich

University of California, San Diego, USA
Glioblastoma, cancer stem cells, medulloblastomas

Matt van de Rijn

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

Cell Biology, Cell Cycle, and Cell Migration

Renata Basto

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

Bruce Edgar

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

David Pellman

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

Jonathon Pines

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

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

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)

Trafficking and Cellular Dynamics

Anna Akhmanova

Utrecht University, Netherlands
Organisation 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)

Sandra Schmid

Advisory Board Member
UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Membrane/vesicular trafficking, endocytosis, biochemistry

Trina Schroer

Johns Hopkins University, USA
Cytoplasmic dynein, microtubule dynamics, trafficking, localization of endomembranes and macromolecular complexes, behavior of intracellular pathogens (bacteria and viruses), architecture and intracellular trafficking in polarized cells (epithelia and neurons), primary ciliogenesis, centrosome biology (also: axonemes)

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


Fernanda Ceriani

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

Achim Kramer

Charité­–Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Mammalian circadian rhythms, post-translational regulation, circadian clock in the olfactory system and immune system, chronobiology, sleep


Judith Campisi

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

Thomas Kirkwood

Newcastle University, UK
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

Development and Signaling

Konrad Basler

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

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)

Caroline Hill

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

Simon Hughes

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

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 School 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)

François Schweisguth

Institut Pasteur, FranceMedicine, USA
Notch signaling, tissue repair, asymmetric cell division, epithelial polarity and morphogenesis, cell fate decisions, developmental patterning, Drosophila cell and developmental processes

Nicolas 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

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

Case Western Reserve 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)

James Kadonaga

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

Tom Misteli

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

Phillip Zamore

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

Genome Stability and DNA Repair

Daniel Durocher

Lunenfeld–Tanenbaum Research Institute, Canada
DNA damage, ubiquitin, telomeres

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)

Ion Channels and Transporters

Raimund Dutzler

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


Heather Christofk

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

Alex Gould

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

Gökhan Hotamisligil

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

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)

Rong Tian

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

Neurodegeneration and Protein Folding

Gillian Bates

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

David Ron

University of Cambridge, UK
Proteotoxicity, protein folding/aggregation, ER stress and metabolism

Parasite Biology

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

Reproduction and Regeneration

Phillip Newmark

Morgridge Institute for Research, USA
Planarian regeneration, regenerative stem cells, germ cell development and differentiation, schistosomiasis, schistosome biology

Mariana Wolfner

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

Stem Cells

Joshua Brickman

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

Sally Lowell

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

Sara Rankin

Imperial College London, UK
Leukocyte trafficking, chemokines, mesenchymal stem cells, stem cell mobilization, neutrophil clearance by bone marrow, role of endothelial progenitor cells in angiogenesis in models of allergic airways inflammation (also: adult stem cells)

Kate Storey

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

Yukiko Yamashita

University of Michigan, USA
Adult stem cells, stem cell niche, spindle orientation, polarity, asymmetric stem cell division, germ cells


Andrea Cimarelli

International Center for Research in Infectiology (CIRI), 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


Anthony Barnosky

Stanford University, USA
Biodiversity, global change, climate, ecosystems, paleobiology, geology

Isabelle Côté

Advisory Board Member
Simon Fraser University, Canada
Marine ecology, coastal ecosystems, coral reef, marine invasions, meta-analyses

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
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecology, evolutionary ecology

Georgina Mace

Advisory Board Member
University College London, UK
Biodiversity, climate change impacts, conservation

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

Andrew Dobson

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

Evolutionary Biology

Csaba Pál

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

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)

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)

Chris Tyler-Smith

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Genome evolution, genetic variation in human populations, human evolution, Y chromosome, positive selection

Laurence Hurst

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

Gerald Joyce

The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Chemical biology, experimental evolution, evolution in RNA world, ribozymes, enzyme evolution

David Hillis

University of Texas at Austin, USA
Evolution, biotic diversity, phylogenetics, speciation

Nick Barton

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

Laurent Keller

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

Mark Siegal

New York University, USA
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)


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

Philippa Marrack

Advisory Board member
National Jewish Health and University of Colorado, USA

Immunology, T cell specificity and response

Paula Oliver

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

Kenneth 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

The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK
Transcriptomics, network analysis, pathway modelling, immunobiology, macrophages (also: cell cycle and cancer).

David Nemazee

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

Hidde Ploegh

Advisory Board Member
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA
Immunology, antigen processing, MHC, viral response

Infectious Disease Dynamics

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)

Katia Koelle

Emory University, USA
Viral phylodynamics, ecological and evolutionary dynamics of viral infectious diseases, mathematical modelling/statistics, RNA viruses, influenza, dengue, HIV, host–pathogen systems and climate variability, public heath and disease dynamics (also: molecular epidemiology)

Andrew Read

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

Roland Regoes

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


Melanie Blokesch

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Microbiology, regulatory networks, horizontal gene transfer, quorum-sensing, secretion systems, surface colonization (also: metalloenzymes, bacterial physiology, host-pathogen interactions, cell shape)

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.



Eric Nestler

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

Cellular Physiology and Molecular Neurobiology

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

Matthias Landgraf

University of Cambridge, UK
neural network development, dendrites, axon pathfinding, motor system development and function, synapse formation/development (also: neuronal differentiation, oxidative stress related to nervous system, neurodegenerative conditions and animal models)

Franck Polleux

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

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)

Mikael Simons

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

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, 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

Alberto Bacci

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

Hugo Bellen

Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Peripheral nervous system development, synaptic vesicle transmission, trafficking, exocytosis, endocytosis, neurodegeneration, senseless, Notch

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

Peter Scheiffele

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

Tom Sudhof

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

Carl Petersen

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

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

Christopher Pack

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

Richard Benton

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

Piali Sengupta

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

Leslie Vosshall

Rockefeller University, USA
Odor simuli, chemosensory cues, neurogenetics, olfactory psychophysics, mosquito genetics and behavior

Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience

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

Robert Zatorre

McGill University, Canada
Auditory cognitive neuroscience, perception and memory for pitch and melody, speech processing

Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz

INSERM–CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, France
Pediatrics, brain organization, human cognitive development, higher cognitive functions (language, music, mathematics), brain imaging techniques in children, neurological/clinical research in children

Ole Jensen

Radboud University, Netherlands
Attention, memory, perception, decision making, human electrophysiology, human brain stimulation, multiple modal approaches

Genevieve Konopka

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Molecular neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary biology, genomics of the nervous system, comparative/evolutionary genomics and cognitive disorders

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

James Ashe

University of Minnesota, USA
Motor learning and adaptation, modulation of learning through reward

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)

Karunesh Ganguly

University of California, San Francisco, USA
Systems and cognitive neuroscience, motor learning and control, neurophysiology, neural engineering, sleep, cortical plasticity

Ben Seymour

University of Cambridge, 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)

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

Leslie Ungerleider

Advisory Board Member
National Institute of Mental Health, USA
Neurocircuitry, neural structure and cognitive function, visual modality, physiology and behavior of nonhuman primates


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

Ueli Grossniklaus

University of Zurich, Switzerland
Developmental genetics of plant reproduction, epigenetics, morphogenesis, differentiation, apomixis

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

Daniel Herschlag

Advisory Board Member
Stanford University, USA
RNA structure, catalysis and function, protein catalysis

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)

Christine Orengo

University College, London, UK
Computational structural biology, protein structure analysis, protein family classification, protein function prediction (also: chronic pain)

Gregory Petsko

Advisory Board Member
Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
Structural biology, protein crystallography, enzyme structure and function

Ann Stock

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

Janet Thornton

European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Structure/function of enzymes, 3D protein structure and evolution, computational techniques

Synthetic Biology

Chaitan Khosla

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

Systems Biology

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 Sydney, Australia
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

Ulrich Dirnagl

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

John Ioannidis

Stanford University, USA
Evidence-based medicine, clinical investigation, clinical and molecular epidemiology, clinical research methodology, empirical research methods, statistics, and genomics

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

David Vaux

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Cellular and molecular biology, apoptosis

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