Editors for Cell Biology

We aim to publish significant research in all areas of cell biology, including but not limited to studies on cell cycle, cell polarity and fate, nuclear and chromosome organization and segregation/division, signal transduction, and vesicle transport. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Anna Akhmanova

    Anna Akhmanova

    Deputy 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
    Competing interests statement
    Anna Akhmanova receives funding from the European Research Council, Human Frontier Science Program, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. She served on the editorial boards of BMC Cell Biology and Journal of Biological Chemistry. She is a currently on the editorial boards of PLOS Biology, Journal of Cell Science, Traffic, and BioArchitecture.
  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
    Competing interests statement
    Jon Cooper receives research grants from the NIH and he serves on the editorial board of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
  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
    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.
  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. 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.
  6. Randy Schekman

    Editor-in-Chief

    Randy Schekman was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with James Rothman and Thomas Sudhof. He is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His work concerns the mechanism of membrane assembly and vesicular traffic in eukaryotic cells. He and his laboratory discovered many of the genes and proteins required for secretion in yeast and they have applied this knowledge to understand human genetic diseases that affect core components of the secretory machinery. Among other awards, he shared the Gairdner International Award, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize and the Lasker Award with James Rothman. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected President of the American Society for Cell Biology in 1999 and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from 2006 to late 2011.

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane assembly
    vesicular trafficking
    protein transport
    animal and human cell biology
    Competing interests statement
    Randy Schekman has received funding from the HHMI, the UC Berkeley Miller Foundation and from the Glenn Foundation. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Reviews of Cell and Developmental Biology, Head of Faculty for Cell Biology for F1000, the Scientific Director of the Jane Coffin Childs Fund (ends 2012), and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tamasek Life Science laboratory, Singapore (ends 2012). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (until 2011), and was an elected Council member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (until this year).

Reviewing editors

  1. Abby Dernburg

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    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

    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. 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
  6. Thomas Surrey

    The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    Microtubule cytoskeleton
    in vitro reconstitution
    Experimental organism
    human
  7. Peter Ratcliffe

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer
    metabolism
    epigenetics
    cellular biology
    angiogenesis
    hypoxia
    Experimental organism
    human
  8. Jurgen Kleine-Vehn

    University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    Plant growth regulation at organelle level
    phytohormonal control of cellular growth
    auxin-dependent growth regulation on subcellular, cellular, tissue and organ level.
  9. Mohan Balasubramanian

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

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    cytokinesis
    cell cycle
    cytoskeleton
  10. Patricia Bassereau

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane biophysics
    intracellular trafficking
    membrane shaping mechanisms
    biomimetic membrane systems
  11. Philippe Bastiaens

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany

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

    Stanford University, United States

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

    Institut Pasteur, France

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cardiogenesis
    muscle stem cells
  14. Christopher G Burd

    Yale University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    endocytosis
    secretion
    organelle biogenesis
    phosphoinositide signaling
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Roger Davis

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    signal transduction
  18. 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
  19. Elisabetta Dejana

    FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Italy

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

    Goethe University, Germany

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane proteins
    signal transduction
  21. 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
  22. Reinhard Fässler

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

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

    Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom

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

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein turnover
    ubiquitin
    autophagy
    signal transduction
    protein interactions
  25. 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
  26. Valerie Horsley

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    epithelial stem cells
    adipocyte stem cells
    adipose tissue
    epithelial-mesenchymal interactions
    mechanical regulation of tissues
    tissue regeneration
  27. 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
  28. Tony Hyman

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    cell division
    cytokinesis
    cell polarity
    organelles
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  29. Michael Kozlov

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    modeling membrane shapes
    membrane curvature
    membrane fusion
    membrane fission
    membrane bending by proteins
  30. 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
  31. Pekka Lappalainen

    University of Helsinki, Finland

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

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    bacterial development
    bacterial systems biology
    signal transduction
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. Noboru Mizushima

    University of Tokyo, Japan

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    protein degradation
    lysosome
    autophagy
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Maddy Parsons

    King's College London, United Kingdom

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

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    endosomes
    lysosomes
    golgi complex
    secretory pathway
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. Nick J Proudfoot

    Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    mRNA processing
    transcription
  44. Michael Rape

    UC Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    ubiquitin
    mitosis
  45. Samara L Reck-Peterson

    University of California San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    microtubule-based motors
    intracellular transport
  46. Danny Reinberg

    New York University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    chromatin biology
    chromatin
    histones
    transcription
  47. Jeremy Reiter

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cilia
  48. Margaret S Robinson

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    coated vesicles
    Experimental organism
    human
    mammalian cells
  49. David Ron

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

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

    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    regeneration
    Experimental organism
    planaria
  51. Kang Shen

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synapse
    neuronal cytoskeleton
    neuronal cell biology
    developmental neurobiology
  52. Robert H Singer

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    transcription
    mRNA localization
  53. Jonathan P Staley

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    catalysis
    proofreading
    RNA dynamics
  54. 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
  55. 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
  56. 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
  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
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    stem cells
    stem cell niche
    asymmetric division
    spindle orientation
    centrosome
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  59. Hong Zhang

    Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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