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. Naama Barkai

    Naama Barkai

    Senior Editor

    Naama Barkai is a systems and computational biologist interested in how bio-molecular circuits are designed. She joined the Weizmann Institute in 1999, following a post-doc (Princeton) and graduate studies (Hebrew University) in physics. She is currently chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, and the head of the Azrieli and Kahan Centers for Systems Biology at the Weizmann Institute. In 2013, Barkai was elected to a Vallee Foundation Visiting Professorship and awarded the Abisch Frankel prize.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    systems biology
    modeling
    functional genomics
    yeast genetics
    morphogen gradients
  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. Aviv Regev

    Aviv Regev

    Senior Editor

    Aviv Regev is a computational biologist who joined the Broad Institute as a core member and MIT as a faculty member in 2006. Her work investigates how complex molecular networks function and evolve in the face of genetic and environmental changes, over time-scales ranging from minutes to millions of years. Regev received her MSc from Tel Aviv University, studying biology, computer science, and mathematics in the Interdisciplinary Program for the Fostering of Excellence, where she undertook research in both theoretical and experimental biology. She received her PhD in computational biology from Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining the Broad Institute, Regev was a fellow at the Bauer Center for Genomics Research at Harvard University, where she developed new approaches to the reconstruction of regulatory networks and modules from genomic data. Regev is also an associate professor in the Department of Biology at MIT
and director of the Klarman Cell Observatory at the Broad. Regev is the Director of the Cell Circuits Program at the Broad and a lead principal investigator for the Center for Cell Circuits at the Broad Institute, a Center of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS). Regev has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist since 2009, and was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator in 2013. She is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a Sloan fellowship from the Sloan Foundation, the Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology, and the Earl and Thressa Stadtman Scholar Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

    (Image Credit: Maria Nemchuk)

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    systems biology
    molecular networks
    computational biology
    single cell genomics
    regulatory networks
    systems immunology
    gene regulation
    evolution
  4. Patricia Wittkopp

    Patricia Wittkopp

    Senior Editor

    Patricia Wittkopp received a BS from the University of Michigan, a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. In 2005, she began a faculty position at the University of Michigan, where she is now an Arthur F Thurnau Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and LSA Honors Program. Her research investigates the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution, with an emphasis on the evolution of gene expression. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in this work. She was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow, and a recipient of a March of Dimes Starter Scholar Award.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    evolution and development
    gene expression
    regulatory networks
    allele-specific expression

Reviewing editors

  1. Timothy Verstynen

    Carnegie Mellon University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    cognition
    decision-making
    Experimental organism
    human
  2. Stephen Parker

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    diabetes
    disease susceptibility
    functional genomics
    comparative genomics
    population genomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    rat
  3. Chris Ponting

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genomics
    long non-coding RNAs
    functional genomics
    transcriptomics
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    mouse
  4. 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
  5. Carl T Bergstrom

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    game theory
    network science
    evolution
  6. Alexander Borst

    Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    visual processing
    systems neuroscience
    computational neuroscience
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  7. Ronald L Calabrese

    Emory University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    motor pattern generation
    neuronal and small networks models
    electrophysiological properties of neurons and synapse
    computational neuroscience
    Experimental organism
    leech
  8. Ben Cooper

    Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    population biology of communicable diseases
    antimicrobial resistance
    epidemiological methods
  9. Job Dekker

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    spatial organisation of genomes
    chromatin interaction networks
  10. Michael Doebeli

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    evolution of diversity
    social insects
    ecology and evolution of microbial communities
  11. Sean R Eddy

    Harvard University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    computational genomics
    RNA structure
    homology search algorithms
  12. David D Ginty

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurotrophic factors
    peripheral nervous system development
    mechanosensory neurons
    tactile processing
    spinal cord
  13. Mary B Kennedy

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synaptic plasticity
    synaptic regulation
    biochemical signal transduction networks
    systems biology
  14. Peter Latham

    University College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    bayesian inference
    network dynamics
    neural coding
    synaptic plasticity
  15. Gil McVean

    Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
    statistical genetics
  16. Andrew Morris

    University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    statistical genetics
    genetic epidemiology
    methodological development
    genome-wide association studies
  17. Richard A Neher

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolution of RNA viruses
    bioinformatics
  18. 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
  19. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution of cooperation and multi-level selection
    microbial ecology and evolution
    quantitative experimental biology
    theoretical biology
  20. Klaas Stephan

    University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    translational neuromodeling
  21. Cassidy Sugimoto

    Indiana University Bloomington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    scholarly communication
    scientometrics
    gender
    science policy
  22. Alfonso Valencia

    Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    bioinformatics
    structural bioinformatics
    evodevo
    cancer genomics
    text mining
  23. Mark CW van Rossum

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synaptic plasticity
    noise in neural systems
    the early visual system
    retina
  24. Aleksandra Walczak

    Ecole normale superieure, France

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    systems biology
    gene regulatory networks
    immune system
    population genetics
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish