Browse Subject Areas

Click through the PLOS taxonomy to find articles in your field.

For more information about PLOS Subject Areas, click here.

Section Editors

PLOS ONE Section Editors function as advisors to the journal staff, working on special issues including policy development and reporting guidelines.



Christof M. Aegerter

University of Zurich
ExpertisePhysical biology, biological physics, disordered systems, multiple scattering, foams, granular matter, non-equilibrium physics, anderson localization

Irina U. Agoulnik 0000-0003-4889-0324
Florida International University and Baylor College of Medicine
United States
ExpertiseSteroid receptors, their coregulators, and cell signaling in endocrine malignancies

Aamir Ahmad

Mitchell Cancer Institute
United States
ExpertiseCancer health disparity, metastasis, drug resistance, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), miRNAs, epigenetics, cancer stem cells, personalized cancer medicine

Sunil Ahuja

South Texas Veterans Health Care System and University Health Science Center
United States
ExpertiseGenetics, genomics and epidemiology of human diseases, especially HIV and allergy

Irving C. Allen

Virginia Tech University
United States
ExpertiseImmunology, innate immunity, host-pathogen interactions, cancer, and animal models

Juan Antonio Añel 

Universidade de Vigo and University of Oxford
Spain and United Kingdom
Expertise: Physics of climate and atmospheric sciences

Alessio Avenanti
University of Bologna
Expertise: Cognitive neuroscience, brain stimulation methods in humans

Vipul Bansal
Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility, NanoBiotechnology Research Laboratory, and RMIT University
ExpertiseNanobiotechnology and materials chemistry for biosensing, drug-delivery, theranostic, imaging and catalysis

Jean-Claude Baron
INSERM U894 Centre de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences, Hôpital Sainte-Anne and Université Paris 5
Expertise: The pathophysiology of stroke and dementia using mainly imaging and behavioral measures in both patients and rodent models

Baruch Barzel
Bar-Ilan University
Expertise: Understanding, predicting, and influencing the dynamic behavior of complex networked systems

Bernhard Baune

University of Adelaide
Expertise: Psychiatric neuroscience, mood disorders, cognitive function, neuroimmunology

Matthew Bogyo
Stanford University
United States
Expertise: Design, synthesis, and applications of small molecule probes of enzyme function

Ben Bond-Lamberty
Joint Global Change Research Institute
United States
Expertise: Forest ecology, boreal forests, carbon cycling, disturbances, modeling

Amanda Schurle Bruce

University of Missouri-Kansas City
United States
Expertise: Clinical psychology, pediatrics, neuroimaging, decision neuroscience, obesity, motivation

Vladimir Brusic

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston University
United States
Expertise: Bioinformatics, health informatics, immunology, vaccines, computer modeling, machine learning, data mining, data analytics

Emmanuel A. Burdmann
University of São Paulo Medical School
Expertise: Epidemiology, mechanisms, diagnostic and treatment of acute kidney injury



Patrick Callaerts

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Expertise: Developmental (neuro)genetics, behavioral genetics, Drosophila, evo-devo

Eric Cascales
Institute of Structural Biology and Microbiology and Aix-Marseille Université
Expertise: Macromolecular systems, cell envelope biogenesis, molecular microbiology, bacterial secretion systems, protein targeting and transport

Mark Cookson

National Institutes of Health
United States
Expertise: Molecular biology of proteins related to inherited Parkinsons' disease

Nils Cordes
Dresden University of Technology and OncoRay - National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology
Expertise: Radiation biology, cell-extracellular matrix interactions, integrins, growth factor receptors, signaling, invasion, chromatin

Ben Cowling
University of Hong Kong
Expertise: Influenza virus epidemiology

Leroy Cronin

University of Glasgow
United Kingdom
Expertise: Complex chemical systems, synthesis and self-assembly, molecular devices, development of functional molecular and nano-molecular chemical systems, emergence of inorganic materials, and engineering system-level functions

Emanuele Dalla Torre

Bar-Ilan University
Expertise: Theoretical Physics: Many-body quantum dynamics

Gemma Elizabeth Derrick

Brunel University
United Kingdom
Expertise: Research evaluation, research and innovation policy, bibliometrics/scientometrics, evidence-based policymaking, societal and scientific impact, societal returns from research, evaluation frameworks, public health and medical research, research dynamics and science communication

Andrew DeWan

Yale University
United States
Expertise: Genome-wide association and sequencing studies of asthma, preeclampsia, sepsis

 David Dowdy
Johns Hopkins University
United States
Expertise: Tuberculosis, diagnostic epidemiology, mathematical modeling, implementation science, health economics

Oliver Eickelberg

Comprehensive Pneumology Center and Institute of Lung Biology and Disease at Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Center for Lung Research, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Expertise: Respiratory medicine, signal transduction, extracellular matrix dynamics

Hany A. El-Shemy

Cairo University
Expertise: In the fields of plant biotechnology and medicinal plants (molecular biology)

Alistair Evans
Monash University
Expertise: Evolutionary morphology, teeth, mammals, functional morphology, evo-devo, vertebrate paleontology, morphometrics

Michael Ernst-Heinrich Fassbender
Los Alamos National Laboratory
United States
Expertise: Radiochemistry, radioanalytical chemistry, radionuclide production and separation science, inorganic chemistry

Tim Friede
University Medical Center Göttingen
Expertise: Clinical biostatistics including clinical trial design and systematic reviews / meta-analyses



Ferenc Gallyas Jr.
University of Pécs Medical School
Expertise: Mechanisms of cell death, mitochondrial events, intracellular signalling, PARP, HSP

Stephen D. Ginsberg
Nathan Kline Institute and New York University
United States
Expertise: Degenerative mechanisms within vulnerable neurons in human brains and models

Lise Lotte Gluud
Hvidovre Hospital

Quanquan Gu

University of California, Los Angeles
United States
Expertise: Machine learning, data mining, computational biology

John P. Hart
New York State Museum
United States
Expertise: Agricultural evolution, paleoethnobotany, late prehistoric archaeology, northeastern North America

Kenji Hashimoto

Chiba University
Expertise: Neuroscience, mental health, schizophrenia, mood disorder, substance abuse, biomarker, brain-derived neurotrophioc factor, oxidative stress, D-Amino acids

Joshua L. Heazlewood
The University of Melbourne
Expertise: Plant biology, plant cell walls, mitochondria, transporters, biochemistry, molecular biology, proteomics, bioinformatics

Berthold Heinze
Austrian Federal Research Centre for Forests BFW
Expertise: Tree molecular genetics, plant genomics, chloroplast DNA, genetic conservation

Susanne Hempel

RAND Corporation
United States
Expertise: Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, critical appraisal, healthcare quality improvement, individual differences

Jörg D. Hoheisel

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
Expertise: Functional genomics, proteomics, biotechnology, immunoassays, synthetic biology

K. David Hyrenbach

Hawai'i Pacific University
United States
Expertise: Oceanic conservation, marine mega-vertebrates, oceanography, pelagic biogeography, marine debris

Mark Isalan

Imperial College London
United Kingdom
Expertise: Systems and synthetic biology, protein engineering, zinc fingers, genome editing

Christopher James Johnson

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
United States
Expertise: Animal research and welfare, prion diseases, environmental persistence of pathogens

Andrew H. Kemp

Swansea University 
United Kingdom
Expertise: Biological psychology, neuropsychiatry, affective neuroscience, public health, epidemiology



Jerson Laks

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Expertise: Geriatric psychiatry, dementia, depression, cognition, neuropsychology, Alzheimer's, caregiver, elderly, psychiatry

Alfred S. Lewin
University of Florida
United States
Expertise: Gene therapy of inherited and age-related retinal degeneration

Alejandro Lucia

Universidad Europea and Research Institute (i+12)
Expertise: Physical activity and health/disease, exercise and genetics

Mercedes Susan Mandell

University of Colorado
United States
Expertise: Clinical studies in liver transplantation

David McCormick
IIT Research Institute
United States
Expertise: Cancer prevention, toxicology, preclinical drug discovery and development, non-ionizing radiation

James Meador

Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
United States
Expertise: Toxicology, dose metrics, bioaccumulation, environmental chemistry, metabolic disruptors, fisheries, invertebrate biology

Adina Merenlender

University of California, Berkeley
United States
Expertise: Conservation biologist, landscape field studies, spatially explicit modeling, environmental stewardship

Alex Mesoudi

University of Exeter
United Kingdom
Expertise: Cultural evolution, social learning / cultural transmission, gene-culture coevolution, evolutionary psychology

Claudia Mettke-Hoffmann
Liverpool John Moores University
United Kingdom
Expertise: Cognitive ecology animal personality research birds

Lyle Moldawer

University of Florida
United States
Expertise: Acute renal failure, antigen processing and recognition, antigen-presenting cells, autoimmune diseases, bacterial diseases, clinical immunology, dermatology, diagnostic medicine, genetics, genomics, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, proteomics, Pseudomonas infections, renal critical care, sepsis, Staphylococcal infection, transplantation, veterinary medicine

Partha Mukhopadhyay

National Institutes of Health
United States
Expertise: Gastroenterology and Hepatology, nephrology, Cardiovascular system, Oncology, Molecular Biology, miRNA



Olivier Neyrolles
Institute of Pharmacology & Structural Biology, CNRS at University of Toulouse
Expertise: Tuberculosis and host-pathogen interactions

Douglas Nixon
The George Washington University
United States
Expertise: HIV-1 infection, T cell immunity, common variable immunodeficiency disorders

Joseph P.R.O. Orgel
Illinois Institute of Technology
United States
Expertise: Extracellular matrix, collagen structure, fibrous proteins, X-ray diffraction, brain imaging

Madhukar Pai

McGill University
Expertise: Improving the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in high-burden countries

Alexander Panfilov

Universiteit Gent
Expertise: Computational biology, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular anatomy, biomechanics, biophysics, computer modeling, medical physics, cardiology, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia

Wayne A. Phillips
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Expertise: Cancer biology, PI3K pathway, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer, preclinical models

Adam Ratner
Columbia University
United States
Expertise: Infectious diseases, pediatrics, congenital and perinatal infections, pore-forming toxins

Marty Roop

East Carolina University
United States
Expertise: Bacterial pathogenesis, prokaryotic biology and gene regulation, bacterial metal homeostasis

Cheryl S. Rosenfeld
University of Missouri Columbia
United States
ExpertiseEpigenetics, animal models, DOHaD, and behavior

Luis Schang
University of Alberta
Expertise: Chemical virology to study viral entry, gene expression and chromatin dynamics

Christian Schönbach
RIKEN Yokohama Institute
Expertise: Genomics, transcriptomes, biological data management, molecular genetics, mouse, subcellular organelles, gene expression, immunology, major histocompatibility complex

Guy J-P. Schumann
University of Bristol and Remote Sensing Solutions Inc.
United Kingdom and United States
Expertise: Remote sensing, microwave, radar, flood hydrology, hydrodynamics, digital elevation model

Neil R. Smalheiser
University of Illinois-Chicago
United States
ExpertiseNeuroscience, psychiatry, genomics, small RNAs, informatics, text mining, scientific discovery

Peter Sommer

French-German Advanced Translational Drug Discovery Center
Expertise: Viral host factors, viral pathogenesis, viral restriction factors, retroviruses

Cordula M. Stover

University of Leicester
United Kingdom
Expertise: Mouse models of sepsis and tumour, knockout genetics, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, clinical studies (endocrine, autoimmune)



Christian Taube

Leiden University
Expertise: Pulmonary medicine, asthma, COPD, airway inflammation, obstructive lung disease

Thomas Thatcher
University of Rochester
United States
Expertise: Lung inflammation and disease focusing on fibrosis and cigarette smoking

Praveen Thumbikat
Northwestern University
United States
Expertise: Inflammation, immunity, pain and host-pathogen mechanisms in urologic diseases

Rochelle Tractenberg
Georgetown University
United States
Expertise: Research methodology, measurement/outcomes, for higher education and biomedical sciences

Derya Unutmaz
New York University
United States
Expertise: Dissecting the mechanisms of human immune response and regulation

Sten H. Vermund
Vanderbilt University
United States
Expertise: Infectious disease epidemiology, especially HIV, HPV, STI, parasites, child health

Per Westermark

Uppsala University
Expertise: Neurodegenerative diseases, amyloid research

Peter Wittek
University of Toronto
Expertise: Quantum-enhanced machine learning, artificial intelligence in quantum computing

Gayle E. Woloschak

Northwestern University
United States
Expertise: Nanotechnology interfaces with biology, radiation biology, molecular biology, imaging

Gavin Woodhall

Aston University
United Kingdom
Expertise: Neuronal networks, epilepsy, animal models, human tissue, ethics

Shin Yamazaki
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
United States
Expertise: Chronobiology and circadian rhythms