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Editorial Board

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


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

Guang-Hui Liu
CAS Beijing, China
Aging, stem cell, regeneration

Jing Qu
Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology Beijing, China
Molecular and cellular mechanism of aging, interventions in aging, stem cell senescence, regenerative medicine

Heidi Tissenbaum

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


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)




Jacob Corn
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
CRISPR-Cas biotechnology, DNA damage, protein, and organelle remodelling


Synthetic biology

Matthew Wook Chang
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Synthetic Biology, metabolic Engineering, microbiome Engineering

Chaitan Khosla

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

Baojun Wang
Edinburgh, UK
Synthetic biology, gene expression regulation, genetic circuits, biosensors, biological computation


Cell Cycle and cancer

Hilary Coller

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

Connie Eaves

Terry Fox Laboratory, Canada
Hematopoiesis, leukemic stem cells, chronic myeloid leukaemia, 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 signaling and cancer immunology, mammary gland development (also: cell proliferation, migration, and motility)

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

Jon Pines

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

Matt van de Rijn

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

Mariia Yuneva
Francis Crick Institute, UK
cancer metabolism, in vivo mouse models, spatial omics analysis


Cell migration and cell death

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

Mathieu Bertrand

VIB Center for Inflammation Research, University of Ghent, Belgium
Signal transduction, cell death, inflammation, innate immune receptors, tumour 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

Robert Insall
University College London, UK
Quantitative cell biology, computational modelling, cell migration, chemotaxis, SCAR/WAVE complex, pseudopods

Laura Machesky

University of Cambridge, UK
Cell migration, invasion, metastasis, actin cytoskeleton

Pascal Meier

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

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)

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 cyclic nucleotide signaling; optogenetics and high-resolution microscopy



Fernanda Ceriani
Fundación Instituto Leloir, Argentina
Drosophila circadian clocks, circadian control of behaviour, 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)

Pierre-Hervé Luppi
Uni Lyon, France
REM (paradoxical sleep) mechanisms and function, muscle atonia, REM sleep behaviour disorder, narcolepsy, animal models of sleep pathology, functional neuroanatomy, NREM and wakefulness neuronal networks

Martha Merrow
LMU Munich, Germany
circadian rhythms, chronobiology

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


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)

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

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

Ursula Jakob

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

Colin Jamora
Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, India
Wound healing in the skin, cutaneous stem cells, inflammation, tissue fibrosis

Anna Kicheva
IST, Austria
Morphogen signaling, pattern formation, tissue and organ growth control, neural tube development, biophysical models of development

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

François Schweisguth

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

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 signaling 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



Behavioral ecology

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

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

Elli Leadbeater
Animal behaviour, anthropogenic stressors, honeybees, bumblebees, animal communication, animal cognition

Gail Patricelli

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

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


Biodiversity and conservation

Andy Dobson

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

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

Uma Ramakrishnan
NCBS/TIFR Bangalore, India
Conservation genomics, Molecular Ecology, Population genetics, Conservation Biology, Evolution, Ecology


Evolutionary Ecology

Anurag Agrawal

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

Jean-Michel Gaillard
U Lyon, France
Dynamics and evolutionary processes in populations of large mammals; life history strategies of vertebrates; comparative studies; evolution; demography; population dynamics, sexual selection, habitat use/selection

Michael Jennions

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

Thomas Kirkwood

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


Global change biology

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

Lauren Buckley
U Washington, USA
Physiological ecology, Functional Ecology, Climate change ecology, Biogeography, Global Change

Pamela Ronald

U California Davis, USA
Genetic basis of plant resistance to disease and tolerance to environmental stress; global food security

Tien Ming Lee
Sun Yat-Sen U, China
Global change biology, sustainable use, endangered species, biodiversity conservation, conservation science



Evolutionary developmental biology

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


Genome evolution

Peter Sarkies
Oxford, UK
Evolution of epigenetic mechanisms, in particular those involved in transposon silencing; role of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in evolution

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

Aoife McLysaght
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Gene and genome duplication, origin of new genes

Erin S. Kelleher
University of Houston, USA
Transposable elements, gametogenesis, genetic conflict

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)

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)



Tiago B. Quental

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

Hélène Morlon

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


Population genetics

Priya Moorjani
UC Berkeley, USA
Mutation rate, Population genetics, ancient DNA, human evolution, early modern humans

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


Gene expression regulation

Jeff Coller
Johns Hopkins University, USA
RNA Biology, mRNA translation, mRNA stability, RNA processing

Wendy Gilbert

Yale University, USA
Translational control, ribosomes, RNA modifications (also: RNA Biology)


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

Marcelo Nollmann
Montpellier, France
Chromatin, nuclear architecture, epigenetics, imaging, transcription, Drosophila

Shalini Oberdoerffer
Chromatin, nuclear architecture, epigenetics, imaging, transcription, Drosophila


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



Adaptive immunity

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; establishment and maintainance of T cell identity; T cell regeneration and bone marrow transplantation;  thymic epithelial cells

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

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


Host-pathogen interactions

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

Maximiliano G. Gutierrez
Crick, UK
Tuberculosis, Macrophages, Autophagy, iPSC, phagosome, Rab GTPases, innate immunity

Katherine Kedzierska

Doherty Institute, Australia
immunity to viral infections; CD8+ T cell immunity to influenza viruses

Alice Prince
Columbia University, USA
Immunometabolism, Innate immune defense, pulmonary infection, bacteriology

Sarah Rowland-Jones

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



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

Hans-Uwe Simon  

University of Bern, Switzerland
Innate immunity, inflammation, allergy, cell death, eosinophils, neutrophils, neutrophil extracellular traps, autophagy, immunopharmacology, cancer, apoptosis and autophagy in inflammatory diseases and cancer


Systems immunology

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

John Tsang
Systems and quantitative immunology; human immunology; computational biology; single cell biology; single cell technologies; genomics


Ali Ellebedy
Immune memory, B cells, Plasma cells, Antibodies, Germinal Center B cells, Influenza, SARS-CoV-2


Infectious disease dynamics

Jonathan Dushoff
McMaster University, Canada
Disease dynamics, influenza, HIV, COVID-19, canine rabies, hypothesis testing, statistical fitting of dynamical models, Statistical philosophy

Jason Ladner
Northern Arizona University, USA
Highly-multiplexed serology, evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, population genetics, genomics

Jamie Lloyd-Smith
Pathogen emergence, zoonotic infections and spillover, wildlife disease ecology, viral dynamics across scales, mathematical and computational modelling

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



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

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, metabolomics, 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



Bacterial biology

Jeremy Barr
Monash University, Australia
Bacteriophage, phage, phage therapy, symbiosis

Michael Laub 

Advisory Board Member
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Phage, anti-phage defense, toxin-antitoxin systems, bacterial signal transduction, bacterial cell cycle

Lotte Sogaard-Andersen
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany
Bacterial differentiation, sporulation, bacterial development, bacterial motility, bacterial cell cycle control, bacterial signal transduction, bacterial motility, bacterial cell polarity, type IV pili, bacterial gliding motility, nucleotide-based bacterial second messenger

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.)

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

Sebastian Winter
University of California, Davis​, USA
Host-microbe interactions; enteric pathogens; bacterial metabolism; microbiota


Microbial genomics and microbiome

Mani Arumugam
University of Copenhagen,​Denmark
Human microbiome; metagenomics; bioinformatics; multi-omics

Ran Blekhman
U Minnesota, USA
Human genomics, host-microbe interactions, computational biology, systems biology, meta-research

Jonathan Eisen  

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

Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh
Joint Genome Institute, USA
Microbial ecology; Metagenomics; Environmental genomics

Cara Haney
University of British Columbia, Canada
Plant-microbiome interactions, bacterial commensalism and pathogenesis, plant immunity, genomics

Kathryn Holt
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Department of Infection Biology, UK
Antimicrobial resistance, Microbial evolution and Ecology

Jotham Suez
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Microbiome, Systems Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Precision Medicine


Microbial evolution and ecology

Deepa Agashe
NCBS, India
Bacterial genome evolution, host-microbe association, niche expansion, mutation bias, experimental evolution

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

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

Sam Brown
Georgia Tech, USA
Socio-microbiology, microbial cooperation, quorum sensing, evolution of antibiotic resistance, evolution of virulence, within-host dynamics, polymicrobial infections, biofilms

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)

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

Simonetta Gribaldo
Pasteur Institute, France
Microbial evolution, cell envelope, archaea, tree of life

Csaba Pál  

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

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


Fungal biology

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

Aaron Mitchell
University of Georgia, 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


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



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)



Frank Kirchhoff
Uni Ulm, Germany
HIV/AIDS, SARS-CoV-2, innate immunity, antiviral factors, viral accessory proteins

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

Louis Lambrechts
Institute Pasteur, France
Ecology and evolution of host-pathogen interactions, mosquito-borne diseases, vector biology, arbovirus transmission, mosquito genomics, insect immunity, virus evolution

Andrew Mehle
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Influenza virus replication, viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, viral replication machinery, virus:host interactions, viral host range restriction, RNA:protein interactions at the virus:host interface, dual pro- and anti-viral functions of host proteins

Eng Eong Ooi
Duke and National University of Singapore, Singapore
Flavivirology, virus-host interactions, viral vaccinology

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

Xuping Xie
RNA viruses (SARS-CoV-2, flavivirus, alphavirus), vaccine development, antiviral research, the molecular mechanism of RNA virus replication, assembly, and pathogenesis




Mark Alkema
UMass, USA
Neurogenetics, transmitter systems, behavior, neuroethology, microbiome, C. elegans

Heather Cameron

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

Ingrid Fetter Pruneda
UNAM, Mexico
Social insects, ants, social behavior, neuropeptides, neuromodulators, phenotypic plasticity, reproduction

Erich Jarvis
Rockefeller U, USA
Language, evolution, genome, brain, songbirds, comparative genomics

Eric Nestler

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

Chris Pierce  

Rutgers University, USA
Drug addiction, cocaine addiction


Circuits and sensory neuroscience

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

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

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)

Jonathan Demb

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

Patrick Drew
Penn State, USA
Neurovascular coupling, cerebral spinal fluid flow using optical, chemigenetic, electrophysiological and computational approaches

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)

Thomas Klausberger
Uni Wien, Austria
Hippocampus, Prefrontal cortex, Interneurons, Learning, Decision making, Network Oscillations

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

Chris Pack

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

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

Peter Thier
Tuebingen, Germany
Role of the cerebellar system in eye movement control and visual perception, neural underpinnings of gaze following and joint attention, role of mirror neurons in action selection and understanding


Computational neuroscience

Claus Hilgetag
University of Hamburg, Germany
Experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to understanding structural and functional connectivity of the mammalian cerebral cortex; analytical tools, computational neuroscience


Developmental neuroscience

Matthew Dalva

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

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

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

Bassem Hassan

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

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

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

Cody J. Smith
Notre Dame, USA
Neural development, glial cell biology, neuronal biology, glial-neuronal interactions, neuronal branching, nerve regeneration, model organism genetics - C. elegans, zebrafish (also: CNS and PNS development, model organism neurobiology, astroglia, microglia and ensheathing glia)

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


Molecular neurobiology and cellular physiology

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

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

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)

Veronica Egger
Regensburg University, Germany
Coding in the rodent olfactory bulb, reciprocal mitral cell - granule cell synapse, dendritic integration, two-photon Ca2+ imaging, multisite holographic uncaging, semi-intact nose-brain preparation, methods development

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)

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

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)

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

Guang Yang
Columbia, USA
synaptic plasticity, neuroinflammation, sleep, pain


Systems and cognitive neuroscience

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

Roi Cohen Kadosh
University of Surrey​, UK
Executive functions, brain stimulation, mathematical cognition, cognitive learning, cognitive enhancement

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

Ruth de Diego Balaguer
Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Statistical learning, artificial grammar, development, language learning, rule-learning, temporal attention, basal ganglia, Huntington's disease

Mathew Ernest Diamond
SISSA, Italy
Cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, computational neuroscience, systems neuroscience, learning, memory, sensation, sensory coding, perception, neuronal bases of behavior

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

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)

Thorsten Kahnt
Northwestern, USA
Learning and decision-making, reward learning, reinforcement, olfaction, fMRI, TMS

Raphael Kaplan
Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Cognitive neuroscience of memory and decision making, Social neuroscience, Spatial cognition, Neuroimaging, Medial temporal lobe, Cognitive computational neuroscience

Adam Kohn

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

Laura Lewis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, PET), sleep and arousal, brain states, cerebrospinal fluid, hemodynamics, thalamocortical dynamics, brainstem, aging

Huan Luo
Peking University, China
Attention, working memory, EEG/MEG, neural dynamics, sequence memory, speech.

Uta Noppeney
Radbound U, Netherlands
Human (computational) cognitive neuroscience; multisensory/audiovisual
perception, decision making, binding, learning and attention.

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

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)

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

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 van Gaal
U Amsterdam, Netherlands
Human cognitive science/neuroscience, neural basis of consciousness, perception, sensory awareness, EEG, fMRI, cognitive control and decision making, neuromodulation

Ed K. Vogel
U Chicago, USA
Electrophysiology; Individual differences in cognitive ability; working memory; capacity limits; attentional control

Tor Wager  

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


Plant Biology

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

Wenbo Ma

The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
noncoding RNAs, plant-pathogen interactions, plant immunity, microbial pathogenesis

June Nasrallah

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



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
Physiology of mammalian fertilization, human sperm cells and sperm ion channels, sperm motility and male infertility

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


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

Joo-Hyeon Lee
University of Cambridge, UK
Stem cell biology (adult tissue stem cells, stem cell niche, tissue homeostasis and regeneration, cell competition), cancer stem cell, inflammation, organoids

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

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


Structural biology

David Bhella
Glasgow, USA
Virus structure, virus assembly, virus entry, negative sense RNA viruses, positive sense RNA viruses, cryo-electron microscopy, cryo-electron tomography, structural biology

Raimund Dutzler  

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

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)

Yunsun Nam
UT Southwestern, USA
Protein and nucleic acid structural biology, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, microRNA biogenesis, RNA modifications, RNA methylation, RNA-protein complexes

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)


Systems biology

Nathalie Balaban 

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

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)


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)

Simon Bullock
Microtubule-based transport, dynein, kinesin, microtubules, mRNA localization, local translation, Drosophila cell biology, in vitro reconstitution

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)

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

Sharon Tooze  

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



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
Reproducibility, research assessment, open science; 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)

Anita Bandrowski
Data Curation, Rigor and Reproducibility, Open Data, neuroinformatics

Cilene Lino-de-Oliveira
Fed U Santa Catarina, Brazil
Registered reports, heuristic models, methodology, systematic reviews; research focus on antidepressants, stress, animal models