Editors for Cell Biology

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. Anna Akhmanova

    Anna Akhmanova

    Senior Editor

    Anna Akhmanova is a Professor of Cell Biology at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She studied biochemistry and molecular biology at the Moscow State University and obtained her PhD at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Akhmanova studies cytoskeletal organization and trafficking processes, which contribute to cell polarization, differentiation, vertebrate development and human disease. The main focus of the work in her group is the microtubule cytoskeleton. Research in the group relies on combining high-resolution live cell imaging and quantitative analysis of cytoskeletal dynamics with in vitro reconstitution experiments. Her work has resulted in identification and characterization of a broad variety of factors which control microtubule organization and dynamics and motor attachment to membrane organelles. Anna Akhmanova is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cytoskeletal dynamics
    microtubule-binding proteins
    microtubule-based motors
    membrane transport
  2. Jonathan A Cooper

    Jonathan A Cooper

    Senior Editor

    Jon Cooper is a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he is also a Senior Vice-President and Director of the Division of Basic Sciences. He holds an Affiliate Professor appointment in the Biochemistry department at the University of Washington. After undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge and post-graduate research at the University of Warwick, he performed postdoctoral research with Bernard Moss at the NIH and with Tony Hunter at the Salk Institute. With Tony, he found that oncogenic retroviruses (Rous sarcoma virus and others) and growth factors (EGF and PDGF) stimulate the tyrosine phosphorylation of overlapping subsets of cell proteins, which were candidates to regulate cell proliferation and metabolism. He joined Fred Hutch in 1985 to continue the work he started at the Salk, investigating the mechanisms by which protein kinases regulate cell proliferation and transformation. His laboratory played important roles in establishing how Src is regulated, how activated growth factor receptors recruit signaling proteins, and Ras-Raf-MAPK signaling. In 1995, postdoc Brian Howell knocked out the gene for a Src substrate and observed a distinctive brain development phenotype. Efforts by several laboratories rapidly established a signaling pathway that regulates neuron migrations during brain development. Further studies on this pathway revealed the importance of ubiquitination and degradation for terminating signaling, and led in recent years to detailed investigation of the roles of Cullin-RING ligases in regulating signal transduction events in vivo and in cultured cells.

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    signaling pathways
    cell migration
    phosphorylation
    cell transformation
  3. 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
  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
  5. 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
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Research focus
    kinetochore
    cell cycle
    centromere

Reviewing editors

  1. Abby Dernburg

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    meiosis
    synapsis
    meiotic recombination
    chromosome dynamics
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  2. Jody Rosenblatt

    University of Utah, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Cancer Biology
    Research focus
    apoptosis
    mitosis
    cell extrusion
    epithelial
    homeostasis
    morphogenesis
    cancer cell biology
  3. Xiaochen Wang

    Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    lysosome homeostasis
    Phagocytosis
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  4. Hitoshi Nakatogawa

    Kyoto University, Japan

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    yeast autophagy
    autophagy
    protein/organelle degradation
    membrane dynamics
    molecular mechanisms
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  5. Kari Alitalo

    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer biology
    oncogenes
    angiogenesis
    vascular biology
  6. Mohan Balasubramanian

    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (Singapore) & University of Warwick, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cytokinesis
    cell cycle
    cytoskeleton
  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. Philippe Bastiaens

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    systems biology
    functional microscopy
    signal transduction
    quantitative biology
    biosensors
  9. Dominique Bergmann

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    plant development
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
  10. Margaret Buckingham

    Institut Pasteur, France

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    cardiogenesis
    muscle stem cells
  11. Christopher G Burd

    Yale University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    endocytosis
    secretion
    organelle biogenesis
    phosphoinositide signaling
  12. 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
  13. Michael Czech

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    insulin
    metabolism
    lipid-protein interactions
    signal transduction
    membranes
    adipose
    obesity
    insulin resistance
    diabetes
  14. Roger Davis

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    signal transduction
  15. Ralph J DeBerardinis

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer
    metabolism
    medicine
    genetics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  16. Elisabetta Dejana

    FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Italy

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    angiogenesis
    cell adhesion
    VE-cadherin
    vascular permeability
    vascular development and patterning
    endothelium
    blood brain barrier
  17. Volker Dötsch

    Goethe University, Germany

    Expertise
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane proteins
    signal transduction
  18. Joaquin Espinosa

    University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    apoptosis
    p53
    tumor suppressors
    cancer biology
  19. Reinhard Fässler

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    ECM
    integrin adhesion and signalling
    cell biology
    mouse genetics
  20. Matthew Freeman

    Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cell signalling
    trafficking
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  21. J Wade Harper

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein turnover
    ubiquitin
    autophagy
    signal transduction
    protein interactions
  22. 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
  23. Valerie Horsley

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    epithelial stem cells
    adipocyte stem cells
    adipose tissue
    epithelial-mesenchymal interactions
    mechanical regulation of tissues
    tissue regeneration
  24. Tony Hunter

    Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cell signaling and basic cancer biology
    signaling pathways in animal and human cells
    cell cycle
    phosphorylation
    protein modification
    cancer
  25. Tony Hyman

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cell division
    cytokinesis
    cell polarity
    organelles
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  26. Michael Kozlov

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    modeling membrane shapes
    membrane curvature
    membrane fusion
    membrane fission
    membrane bending by proteins
  27. Werner Kuhlbrandt

    Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane protein structure and function
    membrane transporters
    macromolecular complexes
    molecular bioenergetics
    cryo-EM
  28. Pekka Lappalainen

    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    actin
    cytoskeleton-membrane interplay
    cell migration
  29. Michael Laub

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    bacterial development
    bacterial systems biology
    signal transduction
  30. Jamey Marth

    University of California, Santa Barbara, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    glycobiology
    protein glycosylation
    cell biology of disease
  31. Joan Massagué

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    signaling
    cell fate
    tumor heterogeneity
    metastasis
    Experimental organism
    human tissue
  32. Sheila McCormick

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    signal transduction
    plant gametophyte development
    reproductive biology
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
    tomato
  33. Noboru Mizushima

    University of Tokyo, Japan

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein degradation
    lysosome
    autophagy
  34. Davis Ng

    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein folding in the secretory pathway
    regulation of organelle homeostasis
    stress tolerance mechanisms
  35. Thorsten Nurnberger

    University of Tübingen, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    innate immunity
    plant-microbe interactions
    plant immunity
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
  36. Duojia Pan

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    signal transduction
    growth control
    cancer biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  37. Maddy Parsons

    King's College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    motility
    cell migration
    adhesion receptor signalling
    cancer metastasis
    integrin signalling
  38. Suzanne R Pfeffer

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    endosomes
    lysosomes
    golgi complex
    secretory pathway
  39. 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
  40. Ambra Pozzi

    Vanderbilt University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    integrins
    extracellular matrix
    mechanisms of fibrosis
    receptor tyrosine kinases
    kidney
    cell signalling and translation
  41. Nick J Proudfoot

    Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    mRNA processing
    transcription
  42. Michael Rape

    UC Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    ubiquitin
    mitosis
  43. 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
  44. Danny Reinberg

    New York University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    chromatin biology
    chromatin
    histones
    transcription
  45. Jeremy Reiter

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    cilia
  46. Margaret S Robinson

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    coated vesicles
    Experimental organism
    human
    mammalian cells
  47. David Ron

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    chaperones
    unfolded protein response
    oxidative protein folding
    protein synthesis
  48. Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado

    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    regeneration
    Experimental organism
    planaria
  49. Kang Shen

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synapse
    neuronal cytoskeleton
    neuronal cell biology
    developmental neurobiology
  50. David Sherratt

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cell biology
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
  51. Robert H Singer

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    transcription
    mRNA localization
  52. Jonathan P Staley

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    catalysis
    proofreading
    RNA dynamics
  53. Peter Tontonoz

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    nuclear receptors
    lipid metabolism
    obesity/diabetes
    atherosclerosis
  54. David Wallach

    The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    immune defense
    programmed cell death
    activation of transcription factors
  55. Yue Wang

    Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    fungal pathogenesis
    fungal cell cycle and morphogenesis
    bacterial-fungal interaction
    Experimental organism
    candida albicans
  56. 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
  57. Karsten Weis

    ETH Zürich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    nuclear transport
    nuclear pore
    mRNA transport
  58. Yukiko M Yamashita

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    stem cells
    stem cell niche
    asymmetric division
    spindle orientation
    centrosome
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  59. Richard J Youle

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    mitochondria
    autophagy
  60. Hong Zhang

    Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    autophagy
    lysosome
    membrane contact
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans