Editors for Computational and Systems Biology

We aim to publish studies that use computational methods, models and software to provide important biological insights in all areas of the life sciences. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Naama Barkai

    Naama Barkai

    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    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
    Physics of Living Systems
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    systems biology
    modeling
    functional genomics
    yeast genetics
    morphogen gradients
    Competing interests statement
    Naama Barkai's main funding sources are from the European Research Council (ERC), the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Minerva, and the Bi-national Science Foundation (BSF). Barkai also serves on the editorial board of Development.
  2. Aleksandra Walczak

    Ecole Normale Superieure, France

    Aleksandra Walczak received her PhD in physics at UCSD working on models of stochastic gene expression. After a graduate fellowship at KITP, she was a Princeton Center for Theoretical Science Fellow, focusing on applying information theory to signal processing in small gene regulatory networks. Currently she is a CNRS researcher at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, interested in a variety of problems in the physics of living systems.

    She actively works on development, collective behavior of bird flocks and statistical descriptions of the immune system.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    biophysics
    quantitative immunology
    probabilistic data analysis
    theoretical models
    development
    collective behaviour
    Competing interests statement
    Aleksandra Walczak is the recipient of a CNRS-Chicago Cooperation Grant, a FACCTS CNRS-Chicago Cooperation Grant, an IRN CNRS Predictability, Adaptability Evolution network collaboration grant, a CNRS-MIT Cooperation Grant, a q-Life Grant "The physics of repair and silencing foci?, an ERC Proof of Concept Grant "Automated evaluation and correction of generation bias in immune receptor repertoires", a DFG CRC "Predictability in evolution", an ERC International Training Network QuanTII grant, and an ERC Consolidator Grant "Statistical physics of immune-viral co-evolution”.
  3. Patricia Wittkopp

    University of Michigan, United States

    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, Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of a March of Dimes Starter Scholar Award, the Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award from the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    genetics
    development
    evolution
    gene expression
    population genetics
    quantitative genetics
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    S. cerevisiae
    Competing interests statement
    Patricia Wittkopp has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, March of Dimes, Alfred P Sloan Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is currently an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution and GENETICS, and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Trends in Genetics.

Reviewing editors

  1. Nir Ben-Tal

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    computational structural biology
    structural biology
    structural bioinformatics
    protein universe
    primordial peptides
    membrane proteins
    transporters
    drug discovery
  2. Carl T Bergstrom

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    metaresearch
    science of science
    science studies
    metaknowledge
    philosophy of science
    bibliometrics
  3. Gordon Berman

    Emory University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    animal behavior
    theoretical biophysics
    computational neuroscience
    computational ethology
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    mouse
    rat
  4. Alexander Borst

    Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    computation
    vision
    insect
    motion detection
    neurogenetics
    compartmental modeling
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  5. Nyasha Chambwe

    St Jude Children's Research Hospital, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    bioinformatics
    computational biology
    cancer genomics
    population genomics
    data analysis
    Experimental organism
    human
  6. 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
  7. Noah J Cowan

    The Johns Hopkins University, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Evolutionary Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    sensorimotor control
    active sensing
    navigation
    biomechanics
    robotics
    control theory
    motor learning
  8. Charlotte M Deane

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    structural bioinformatics computational methods
    protein folding
    protein structure prediction
    protein structure evolution
  9. Job Dekker

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    chromosome folding
    mitosis
    chromatin
    gene regulation
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    yeast
    dinoflagellates
  10. Michael Doebeli

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    evolution of diversity
    social insects
    ecology and evolution of microbial communities
  11. Eduardo Eyras

    Australian National University, Australia

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Cancer Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    bioinformatics
    transcriptomics
    long-read sequencing technologies
    RNA splicing
    alternative splicing
    nanopore
  12. Jennifer Flegg

    University of Melbourne, Australia

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    mathematical biology
    computational biology
    infectious disease dynamics
  13. Sarel Fleishman

    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    molecular recognition
    computational protein design
    protein folding
    antibody
    enzyme design
  14. Thomas Gingeras

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    genomics
    gene expression
    regulatory networks
    chromosomal modification
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    mouse
  15. David D Ginty

    HHMI, Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    somatosensation
    mouse molecular genetics
    sensory neuron development
    sensory neuron physiology
    spinal cord physiology
    development of the peripheral nervous system
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  16. Frederik Graw

    Heidelberg University, Germany

    Expertise
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    theoretical immunology
    host-pathogen interactions
    viral spread
    infection dynamics
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    viruses
  17. P Robin Hiesinger

    Institute for Biology Free University Berlin, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    brain development
    synapse
    neurogenetics
    membrane trafficking
    Drosophila
    neurodegeneration
    computational modelling
    live-cell imaging
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    organoids
  18. Caleb Kemere

    Rice University, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    computational tools for hippocampal electrophysiological signals
    place cells
    replay
    hippocampal rhythms
  19. 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
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    rat
  20. Daniel J Kliebenstein

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    genetics
    genomics
    transcriptomics
    metabolomics
    pathogen
    plant metabolism
    fitness
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    B. cinerea
    eudicots
  21. David M Kramer

    Michigan State University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Plant Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    photosynthesis
    bioenergetics
    electron and proton transfer
    computation
    phenotyping
    phenomics
  22. Sandeep Krishna

    National Centre for Biological Sciences­ ‐ Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    gene regulatory networks
    phage-bacteria interactions
    microbial communities
    multistability
    oscillations and synchronization
  23. Christian R Landry

    Universite Laval, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Cell Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    systems biology
    evolution
    genomics
    synthetic biology
    microbiology
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
    D. melanogaster
  24. Peter Latham

    University College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    computational neuroscience
    bayesian inference
    network dynamics
    neural coding
    synaptic plasticity
  25. Andrei Lupas

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    bacterial surface proteins
    bioinformatics
    coiled coils
    protein design
    protein evolution
    protein structure
    transmembrane signal tranduction
  26. Andrea E Martin

    Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
    Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    language
    speech
    cognition
    computational modeling
    oscillations
    structured representations in neural systems
    magnetoencephalography (MEG)
    electroencephalography (EEG)
    neuroimaging
    Experimental organism
    human
  27. Markus Meister

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    computational neuroscience
    theoretical neuroscience
    systems neuroscience
    vision
    retina
    superior colliculus
    electrophysiology
    magnetoreception
  28. Alan Moses

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    data analysis
    bioinformatics
    molecular evolution
    intrinsically disordered proteins
    signaling pathways
    regulatory networks
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  29. Richard A Neher

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolution of RNA viruses
    bioinformatics
  30. Sacha B Nelson

    Brandeis University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    cell types
    neural plasticity
    neocortex
    synaptic physiology
    autism spectrum disorders
    epilepsy
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    other mammals
  31. Armita Nourmohammad

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    population genetics
    computational immunology
    adaptive immunity
    statistical physics
    deep mutational scanning
    information theory
    statistical inference
    gene expression evolution
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    viruses
  32. Timothy O'Leary

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    computational neuroscience
    theoretical neuroscience
    neurophysiology
    systems neuroscience
    homeostasis
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    rat
    D. melanogaster
    cancer borealis
  33. C. Brandon Ogbunugafor

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Physics of Living Systems
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    disease ecology
    microbial evolution
    population genetics
    epidemiology
    evolutionary medicine
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    human
    P. falciparum
    S. cerevisiae
    viruses
  34. Srdjan Ostojic

    École Normale Supérieure, France

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    computational neuroscience
    network dynamics
    neural computations
    population coding
    neural circuits
    plasticity
  35. Stephen Parker

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    diabetes
    disease susceptibility
    functional genomics
    comparative genomics
    population genomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    rat
  36. Chris Ponting

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    functional genomics
    population genetics
    long non-coding RNAs
    computational genomics
    evolutionary genomics
  37. Janice L Robertson

    Washington University in St. Louis, United States

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    membrane protein folding
    computational modeling
    oligomerization
    membrane transport
    driving forces
    lipids
  38. Agnese Seminara

    Université Côte d'Azur, France

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    biomechanics of bacterial biofilm growth
    violent discharge
    atmospheric dispersal of fungal spores
    computational navigation
    Experimental organism
    B. subtilis
    mouse
  39. John T Serences

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    attention
    working memory
    short-term memory
    decision making
    neural coding
    information processing
  40. Thomas Serre

    Brown University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    vision
    computational neuroscience
    deep learning
    Experimental organism
    monkey
  41. Yibing Shan

    DE Shaw Research, United States

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    computational structural biology
    signaling
    computational chemistry
    molecular dynamics
    computer-aided drug design
    protein kinases
    small G protein
    receptor tyrosine kinases
  42. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    quantitative biology
    mathematical biology
    evolutionary biology
    synthetic biology
    molecular genetics
    evolution of cooperation
    computer simulations
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  43. Cassidy Sugimoto

    Indiana University Bloomington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    metaresearch
    science of science
    science policy
    gender
    scholarly communication
  44. M Dawn Teare

    Newcastle University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Medicine
    Research focus
    statistics
    population genetics
    epidemiology
  45. Alfonso Valencia

    Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    bioinformatics
    computational biology
    structural bioinformatics
    co-evolution
    cancer genomics
    text mining
  46. Mark CW van Rossum

    University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    computational neuroscience
    synaptic plasticity
    noise in neural systems
    the early visual system
    retina
  47. David Van Valen

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    encoding
    viral decision making
    living systems
    image segmentation
  48. Gaël Varoquaux

    INRIA, France

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    human brain connectivity
    machine learning
    Experimental organism
    human
  49. Timothy Verstynen

    Carnegie Mellon University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neuroscience
    white matter
    brain sensorimotor pathways
    plasticity
    action planning
    decision-making
    complex skill learning
    obesity
    basal ganglia
    striatum
    drift diffusion models
    attractor networks
    Experimental organism
    human
  50. Martin Vinck

    Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society, Germany

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    neural coding
    vision
    computation
    behavioral State
    functional connectivity
    cell types
    oscillations
    predictive coding
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    rat
    human
    R.macaque