People

The working scientists who serve as eLife editors, our early-career advisors, governing board, and our executive staff all work in concert to realise eLife’s mission to accelerate discovery

Senior editors

  1. Richard Aldrich

    Richard Aldrich

    Senior Editor

    Rick Aldrich is the Karl Folkers Chair II in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and Professor of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty in 2006 and served as chair until 2011. Previously he was on the faculty of Neurobiology (1985-1990) and of Molecular and Cellular Physiology (1990-2006) at Stanford University where he served as department chair from 2001–2004. He was an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1990 to 2006. His work is on molecular mechanisms of ion channels and calcium signaling proteins, with an emphasis on understanding gated conformational changes and allosteric mechanisms. Work in the laboratory is multidisciplinary including electrophysiology, biochemistry, spectroscopy, informatics and computation. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Biophysical Society. He is past president of the Biophysical Society and the Society of General Physiologists, and has received the Kenneth Cole Award for Membrane Physiology from the Biophysical Society and Alden Spencer Award for Neuroscience Research from Columbia University.

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    ion channels
    calcium binding proteins
    membrane transport
    allostery and cooperativity
    cellular neurophysiology
    biochemical neuroscience
  2. Arup K Chakraborty

    Arup K Chakraborty

    Senior Editor

    Arup K Chakraborty is the Robert T Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Engineering at MIT. He is the founding Director of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. He is also a founding steering committee member of the Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH, and Harvard, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. After obtaining his PhD in chemical engineering and postdoctoral studies, he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in December 1988. He rose through the ranks, and ultimately served as the Warren and Katherine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Biophysics at Berkeley. He was also Head of Theoretical and Computational Biology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In September 2005, Chakraborty moved to MIT.

    His entire career has been focused on research at the intersection of disciplines. After an early career in engineering of polymers and catalysts, since 2000 Chakraborty’s work has focused on bringing together immunology and the physical and engineering sciences; more specifically, the intersection of statistical mechanics and immunology. His interests span T-cell signaling, T-cell development and repertoire, and a mechanistic understanding of HIV evolution, antibody evolution, and vaccine design. Chakraborty’s work at the intersection of disciplines has been recognized by numerous honors, including the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the EO Lawrence Medal for Life Sciences from the US DOE, the Allan P Colburn and Professional Progress awards from the AIChE, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, and a National Young investigator award. Chakraborty was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering for completely different bodies of work. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine, making him one of 21 individuals who are members of all three branches of the US National Academies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves on the US Defense Science Board. Chakraborty has received four teaching awards at Berkeley and MIT.

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Immunology
    Research focus
    computational biology
    immunology
    statistical mechanics
    signaling
    virology
    protein evolution
  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
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    protein science and biochemistry
    signaling
    crystallography
    electron microscopy
    modeling
    molecular dynamics
  4. 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
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    kinetochore
    cell cycle
    centromere

Reviewing editors

  1. Lucy Forrest

    National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    protein structure prediction
    secondary active transporters
    membrane proteins
    molecular simulations
  2. Geeta Narlikar

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

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

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

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    Computational biophysics
    molecular computation
    membrane proteins
  4. Leon D. Islas

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    molecular computation
    membrane proteins
    ion channels
    fluorescence
    models
  5. Yamuna Krishnan

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    nucleic acid-based molecular devices
    DNA machines
    chemical biology
    synthetic biology
    bioengineering
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  6. Raymond E. Goldstein

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    active matter
    multicellularity
    biomechanics
    biological fluid dynamics
    cytoskeleton
    flagella
    Experimental organism
    Chlamydomonas
    Volvox
    Chara
    choanoflagellates
  7. Patricia Bassereau

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane biophysics
    intracellular trafficking
    membrane shaping mechanisms
    biomimetic membrane systems
  8. Nir Ben-Tal

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    structural bioinformatics
    structure, function and motion in membrane proteins
    protein interactions
  9. James Berger

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    x-ray crystallography
    microscopy
    biochemistry
    biophysics
    DNA replication
    ATPase mechanism
    DNA topology
    topoisomerases
    helicases
  10. Richard M Berry

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    rotary molecular motors
    bacterial flagellar motor
    ATPase mechanism
    single-molecule methods
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
  11. Pamela Bjorkman

    Reviewing Editor

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Immunology
    Research focus
    structural biology
    immunology
    HIV
  12. Olga Boudker

    Weill Cornell Medical College, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    membrane transport
    glutamate pumps
  13. Axel T Brunger

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    structural biology
    synaptic transmission
    neurotransmitters
  14. Andrew Carter

    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge), United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    x-ray crystallography
    cryo-electron microscopy
    single-molecule methods
    structural studies of dynein
  15. Baron Chanda

    University of Wisconsin - Madison, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    ion channels
    voltage-gating
    temperature-sensing
    ligand-gating
    allostery and dynamics
    single molecule studies
    fluorometry
  16. Lazlo Csanady

    Semmelweis University, Hungary

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    ion channels
    structure-function
    gating
    cftr
    ABC potein
    TPRM2
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    human
    xenopus
  17. Volker Dötsch

    Goethe University, Germany

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane proteins
    signal transduction
  18. Edward Egelman

    University of Virginia, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    cryo-EM
    helicases
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    viruses
  19. Paul G Falkowski

    Rutgers University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Ecology
    Research focus
    coral biology
    biogeochemical cycles
    biological oceanography
    evolution of photosynthesis
    physiological adaptation
    symbiosis
  20. Nikolaus Grigorieff

    Janelia Research Campus, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    cryo-EM
    image processing
  21. Taekjip Ha

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy
  22. Franz-Ulrich Hartl

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

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

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    molecular chaperones
    protein folding and assembly
    protein misfolding and aggregation
    molecular machines
  24. Reinhard Jahn

    Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    membrane proteins
    secretion
    synaptic transmission
  25. Frank Jülicher

    Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    active cellular processes
    physics of the cytoskeleton and motor proteins
    physics of cell division
    tissues and developmental processes
    ear and hearing
  26. Lewis Kay

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    NMR spectroscopy
    Experimental organism
    human
  27. Stephen C Kowalczykowski

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    recombinational DNA repair
    single-molecule biophysics
    DNA-protein interactions
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    S. cerevisiae
    human
  28. Werner Kuhlbrandt

    Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane protein structure and function
    membrane transporters
    macromolecular complexes
    molecular bioenergetics
    cryo-EM
  29. Richard Lewis

    Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    ion channels
    signal transduction
  30. Andreas Martin

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    AAA+ ATPases
    protein degradation
    ATPase mechanism
    protein folding
  31. Anna Pyle

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Immunology
    Research focus
    RIG-I like receptors
    innate immunity
    antiviral signaling
    helicases
    group II intron
    vaccine adjuvants
    RNA design
    computational modeling
    RNA structure
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    viruses
  32. Samara L Reck-Peterson

    University of California San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    microtubule-based motors
    intracellular transport
  33. Sjors HW Scheres

    Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    microscopy
    molecular machines
  34. Yibing Shan

    DE Shaw Research, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    computational structural biology
    signaling
    computational chemistry
    molecular dynamics
  35. Sriram Subramaniam

    National Cancer Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    cryo-electron microscopy
    protein structure
    HIV entry
    correlative light and electron microscopy
    electron tomography
    automated image processing
  36. Wesley Sundquist

    University of Utah, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    virus-host interactions
    retroviruses
    HIV
    Experimental organism
    human cells
  37. Kenton J Swartz

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    ion channel structure and mechanisms
    mechanisms of toxins and drugs
    temperature-sensing
    lipid-protein interactions
  38. Antoine M van Oijen

    University of Wollongong, Australia

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    single-molecule biophysics
    protein-DNA interactions
    DNA replication
    DNA repair
  39. Clare M Waterman

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

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    actin cytoskeleton
    light microscopy
  40. Oliver Weichenrieder

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    retrotransposition
    regulatory mRNA
    x-ray crystallography
    structural biology
  41. William I Weis

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    cell adhesion
    wnt signaling
    x-ray crystallography
    structural biology
  42. Cynthia Wolberger

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    x-ray crystallography
    enzymology
    transcriptional regulation
    ubiquitin signaling
  43. Mingjie Zhang

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

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