Editors for Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

We aim to publish studies that provide new mechanistic insights into the structure, function, and regulation of biological molecules including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, and natural products. In addition, we are interested in studies that illuminate complex biological processes using chemical tools and approaches. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Philip Cole

    Senior Editor

    Phil Cole is Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and is a Senior Investigator in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Chemistry and then spent a year as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge prior to obtaining M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he pursued research in bioorganic chemistry. Cole then entered post-doctoral and clinical training at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He subsequently held faculty positions at Rockefeller University and then Johns Hopkins where he was Chair of Pharmacology prior to returning to Harvard in 2017. His research interests are related to the chemical biology of cell signaling and epigenetics. His group has developed and applied methods for protein semisynthesis and small molecule probes for kinases, acyltransferases, deacetylases, and demethylases. His honors include election to the ASCI, fellow of the AAAS, and receipt of an NIH MERIT award.

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    chemical biology
    signal transduction
    epigenetics
    Competing interests statement
    Philip Cole is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Maryland Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, and the Searle Scholars Program. He is a cofounder of Acylin Therapeutics Inc and a science advisor for the Abbvie, Epizyme, and Forma companies and has been a consultant for MPM Capital. Cole has received research funding from the NIH, the FAMRI foundation, and the V Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the following journals: J Biol Chem, Biomed Central Biology, ChemBioChem, and Bioorganic Chemistry.
  2. Ivan Dikic

    Senior Editor

    Ivan Dikic is a Professor and Chairman of Institute of Biochemistry II at the Medical School Goethe University and a member of the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences in Frankfurt. He was trained as a medical doctor at Zagreb University and obtained his PhD in molecular biology with Joseph Schlessinger. His career is focused on studying intracellular signaling initially via protein tyrosine kinases where he revealed how multiple monoubiquitination controls EGFR endocytosis. His lab has pioneered a concept of Ubiquitin as a multivalent cellular signal that regulates multitude of physiological and pathophysiological processes including DNA repair, inflammation, cancer, infection and proteasomal degradation. Ivan’s group also provided structural and functional evidence for a new type of Ub chains that are Met1-linked (called linear ubiquitination) in promoting the NF-kB signaling. His current interests focus on selective autophagy, which is essential for the clearance of protein aggregates, pathogens, and damaged mitochondria from the cell. He has received many awards for his work including the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research, the Award of European Association for Cancer Research, the Hans Krebs Prize, the Leibniz Award and the Ernst Jung Award in Medicine. He is a Member of the German Academy for Sciences Leopoldina, Academia Europaea, Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organization.

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    ubiquitination
    autophagy
    endocytosis
    inflammation
    cancer biology
    Competing interests statement
    Ivan Dikic receives funding from the Deutsche Forshungsemeinschaft and European Union, and serves as a Scientific Advisory Board member of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center of Protein Research Copenhagen, MRC Phosphorylation and Ubiquitination Unit Dundee, DKFZ-ZMBH Allianz. He is a chairman of the EMBO Publication Committee and is on the editorial boards of Cell, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, BMC Biology, Biochemical Journal, and Cell Death and Differentiation.
  3. John Kuriyan

    John Kuriyan

    Senior Editor

    John Kuriyan is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and also of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Before this, he was on the faculty at The Rockefeller University, New York, where he began his career in 1987, leaving for Berkeley in 2001. Since 1990, he has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Kuriyan completed undergraduate studies in chemistry at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. His doctoral research, on the dynamics of proteins, was carried out at MIT, under the guidance of Greg Petsko and Martin Karplus (Harvard University). Kuriyan’s research is aimed at understanding the structure and mechanism of the enzymes and molecular switches that carry out cellular signal transduction and DNA replication. His laboratory uses x-ray crystallography to determine the three-dimensional structures of proteins involved in signaling and replication, as well as biochemical, biophysical, and computational analyses to elucidate mechanisms. Kuriyan was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2001.

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    protein science and biochemistry
    signaling
    crystallography
    electron microscopy
    modeling
    molecular dynamics
    Competing interests statement
    John Kuriyan has received funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the US National Institutes of Health, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He serves on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Carmot Therapeutics (San Francisco) and Jubilant Biosys (Bangalore). He is a founder of Nurix (San Francisco).
  4. Vivek Malhotra

    Senior Editor

    Vivek Malhotra was a professor in the biology division at UC San Diego from 2007 and is now the ICREA Professor and Chair of the Cell and Developmental Biology at Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. His research focuses on a central station of the secretory pathway, the Golgi complex. Specifically, his work has resulted in the identification of the machinery required for the sorting and packaging of secretory cargoes. His recent work has uncovered a novel secretory routing that bypasses the conventional pathway of protein secretion. He has identified new genes required for the export of bulky collagens and the regulated secretion of mucins. He received his BSc from Stirling University and was a Pirie–Reid scholar at Oxford; a Damon Runyon Walter Winchell and an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at Stanford; and Basil O’Conner scholar, established Investigator of the American Heart Association, and Senior Investigator of Sandler’s Foundation for Asthma at UC San Diego. He received the MERCK award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is a fellow of the American association of the arts and science, and is an elected EMBO member.

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    Golgi apparatus: biogenesis, structure, and function
    Collagen and Mucin secretion
    Competing interests statement
    Vivek Malhotra receives funding from ERC/European Research Council, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, AGAUR and the Plan Nacional (Spain) He is a Scientific Advisory Board member of TIGEM (Naples, Italy), CNR (Naples, Italy), CBMSO (Madrid, Spain) and Department of Biotechnology (India). He has served on the editorial board of Cell and was an associate editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell. He is currently on the editorial boards of Journal of Cell Biology and Current Opinion in Cell Biology.
  5. Michael Marletta

    Michael Marletta

    Senior Editor

    Michael Marletta is the Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Previous to his appointment at UC Berkeley, he was a former President and CEO of The Scripps Research Institute. He has also been on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he was an HHMI Investigator, and MIT. Marletta obtained an A.B. in chemistry and biology from the State University of New York at Fredonia, a Ph.D. from UCSF under George Kenyon and, after a postdoctoral appointment at MIT under Chris Walsh, began his independent career. His work has spanned protein chemistry and enzymology. He has made many contributions to our understanding of nitric oxide signaling and more generally in molecular mechanisms of gas sensing in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. More recent studies have involved novel enzymes involved with cellulose degradation. Marletta is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    chemical biology
    nitric oxide signaling
    gas sensing
    structural basis of enzyme activity
    Competing interests statement
    Michael Marletta has received funding from the NIH, HHMI, and Burroughs-Wellcome Fund. He was a member of the PNAS Editorial Board (until July 2012) and Biochemistry. He is a Scientific Advisory Board member of Lycera, Inc., Galleon Pharmaceuticals, Viamet Pharmaceuticals, and N30. He serves on the Scientific Review Board of HHMI. He is an External Review Board member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, Georgia Tech School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Chair, Natural Science Advisory Council, SUNY Fredonia. He is a co-founder of Omniox, Inc.
  6. Andrea Musacchio

    Senior Editor

    Andrea Musacchio is Director of the Department of Mechanistic Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund (Germany) since 2011, and he is also adjunct professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Before this, he worked at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (Italy), where he established his first laboratory as an independent investigator in 1999. Musacchio completed undergraduate studies at the University of Rome-Tor Vergata and moved for his graduate studies to the EMBL in Heidelberg, working under the guidance of Dr. Matti Saraste on the structural analysis of signalling domains. He later moved to do his postdoctoral training at the Harvard Medical School under the guidance of Prof. Stephen C. Harrison, working on structures of clathrin. Work in the Musacchio laboratory focuses on the biochemical reconstitution, structural analysis, and functional investigation of kinetochores and centromeres, structures required for chromosome segregation during mitosis. Musacchio is EMBO Member since 2009.

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    kinetochore
    cell cycle
    centromere
    Competing interests statement
    Andrea Musacchio receives funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschung Gemeinschaft, and the European Commission. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Current Biology, EMBO Reports, Chromosoma, Cell Research, Journal of Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology Open, and Journal of Structural Biology. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Armenise-Harvard Foundation.

Reviewing editors

  1. Geeta Narlikar

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    chromatin
    heterochromatin spread
    chromatin remodeling machines
  2. Jose Faraldo-Gomez

    National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    Computational biophysics
    molecular computation
    membrane proteins
  3. Kavitha Sarma

    Wistar Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    chromatin
    noncoding RNA
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  4. Hitoshi Nakatogawa

    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    molecular mechanisms of autophagy
    protein/organelle degradation
    membrane dynamics
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  5. Kim Orth

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    Virulence factors
    Type III secretion
    pathogenesis
    autophagy
    Experimental organism
    Vibrio spp
  6. Arun Radhakrishnan

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    cholesterol sensors
    cholesterol transport
    endoplasmic reticulum
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    human
    mouse
  7. James Berger

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    x-ray crystallography
    microscopy
    biochemistry
    biophysics
    DNA replication
    ATPase mechanism
    DNA topology
    topoisomerases
    helicases
  8. Douglas L Black

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    pre-mRNA splicing
    post-transcriptional gene regulation
  9. Michael R Botchan

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    DNA replication
    DNA repair
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  10. Agnieszka Chacinska

    University of Warsaw, Poland

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    mitochondria
    organelles
    protein biogenesis
    protein degradation
    protein transport
    Experimental organism
    human
    S. cerevisiae
  11. Jon Clardy

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Ecology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    microbial secondary metabolism
    chemical communications
    biosensors
    chemical biology
    microbial ecology and evolution
  12. Ben Cravatt

    Scripps Research Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    chemical biology
    neurochemistry
    pharmacology
  13. Irwin Davidson

    Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, CNRS/INSERM/UDS, France

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cancer Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    transcription
    chromatin
    cancer
  14. Raymond J Deshaies

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    protein degradation
    proteasome
    proteolysis
    ubiquitin
  15. Paul G Falkowski

    Rutgers University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Ecology
    Research focus
    coral biology
    biogeochemical cycles
    biological oceanography
    evolution of photosynthesis
    physiological adaptation
    symbiosis
  16. Reid Gilmore

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    endoplasmic reticulum
    protein translocation
  17. Rachel Green

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    mechanism of translation (bacterial and eukaryotic)
    ribosome profiling
    mRNA decay
    translational control
    ribosomes
  18. Nikolaus Grigorieff

    Janelia Research Campus, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    cryo-EM
    image processing
  19. Franz-Ulrich Hartl

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    protein folding
    molecular chaperones
    neurodegenerative disorders
  20. Manajit Hayer-Hartl

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    molecular chaperones
    protein folding and assembly
    protein misfolding and aggregation
    molecular machines
  21. Ramanujan S Hegde

    Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein translocation
    endoplasmic reticulum
    quality control
    protein degradation
    membrane protein insertion
    protein aggregation
    in vitro reconstitution
  22. Mary B Kennedy

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synaptic plasticity
    synaptic regulation
    biochemical signal transduction networks
    systems biology
  23. Werner Kuhlbrandt

    Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane protein structure and function
    membrane transporters
    macromolecular complexes
    molecular bioenergetics
    cryo-EM
  24. Andrei Lupas

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    origins and evolution of folded proteins
    coiled coils
    bioinformatics
    transmembrane signal tranduction
    bacterial surface proteins
  25. Andreas Martin

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    AAA+ ATPases
    protein degradation
    ATPase mechanism
    protein folding
  26. Noboru Mizushima

    University of Tokyo, Japan

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein degradation
    lysosome
    autophagy
  27. Timothy Nilsen

    Case Western Reserve University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    mRNA processing
    mechanism of miRNA function
    RNA protein interactions
    mRNP composition and function
    RNA biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  28. Jon Pines

    University College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cyclins and anaphase promoting complex/cycosome (APC/C)
    cell cycle
    mitosis
    spindle assembly checkpoint
  29. Michael Rape

    UC Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    ubiquitin
    mitosis
  30. David Ron

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    chaperones
    unfolded protein response
    oxidative protein folding
    protein synthesis
  31. Gary Stacey

    University of Missouri, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant development
    host-microbe interactions
    extracellular ATP
    peptide transport
    Experimental organism
    soybean
  32. Wilfred van der Donk

    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    enzymology
    chemical biology
    natural product biosynthesis
    cyclic peptides
    antibiotics
  33. Antoine M van Oijen

    University of Wollongong, Australia

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    single-molecule biophysics
    protein-DNA interactions
    DNA replication
    DNA repair
  34. Oliver Weichenrieder

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    retrotransposition
    regulatory mRNA
    x-ray crystallography
    structural biology
  35. William I Weis

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    cell adhesion
    wnt signaling
    x-ray crystallography
    structural biology
  36. Mingjie Zhang

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    structural biology
    neuronal development and signaling
    cell polarity
    scaffold proteins