Editors for Developmental Biology

We aim to review research in the field of developmental biology, in both traditional organisms and arising model systems. We particularly encourage studies that advance a mechanistic understanding of important events in embryogenesis, ranging from cell migration, proliferation and differentiation, regeneration, and inductive and signaling interactions, as well as work at the intersection between developmental biology and evolution. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Sofia J Araújo

    University of Barcelona, Spain

    Sofia J Araújo is Associate Professor in Genetics, at the Department of Genetics Microbiology and Statistics, University of Barcelona, where she leads the genetics of cell behaviour research group. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London and did postdoctoral training at King’s College London and IBMB-CSIC in Barcelona. Her research at the University of Barcelona is centered in cell migration and branching morphogenesis, with the aim of understanding how branched organs develop and contribute to living organism homeostasis as well as the ageing process. She is currently head of the Genetics section of the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics, and board member of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology. She also holds a Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, London, and has extensive experience in teaching, communication, and training of scientists on better ways of bringing science to the public.

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    neurodevelopment
    DNA repair
    single-cell branching
    cell migration
    tubulogenesis
    organogenesis
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    Competing interests statement
    Sofia J Araújo's research is currently funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR).
  2. Utpal Banerjee

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Utpal Banerjee is the Irving and Jean Stone Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a joint appointment in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He also serves as Co-Director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and as Director of the UCLA Interdepartmental Minor in Biomedical Research. He is a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and is affiliated with the Brain Research Institute and the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

    Banerjee’s laboratory has worked on several oncogenic and metabolic signals that are important in development and disease. The lab studies the effects of systemic signals on the maintenance of blood progenitors in Drosophila, and the role of metabolic pathways in the control of proliferation and differentiation in the preimplantation mouse embryo.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Cancer Biology
    Research focus
    haematopoiesis
    cancer biology
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    mouse
  3. Albert Cardona

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Albert Cardona is a programme leader at the MRC LMB and a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK. Formerly a group leader at HHMI Janelia and at the Institute of Neuroinformatics in Zurich. Trained in biology with emphasis in genetics, development and evolution, a passion and need for image processing of bioimagery led to co-founding the Fiji open source software, as well as the TrakEM2 and CATMAID softwares for image registration, segmentation, visualization and the

    analysis of neural circuits. His laboratory studies how the structure of a neural circuit relates to its function. Albert's core expertise is in reconstructing neuronal anatomy and synaptic circuits – the connectome – of small animal brains using volume electron microscopy, to then analyse the circuit architecture and formulate computational models of circuit function that capture the neural dynamics and explain how circuits implement behaviour.

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    neuroscience
    image processing
    development
    neural evolution
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    squids
    Amphioxus
    lizards
    Competing interests statement
    Albert Cardona receives funding from the MRC LMB and from the Wellcome Trust. He has served as editor of Open Biology and as Reviewing Editor for eLife.
  4. Kathryn Cheah

    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

    Kathryn Cheah is a developmental geneticist and Jimmy & Emily Tang Professor in Molecular Genetics and Chair Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong. She received her BSc Hons degree in Biology from the University of London and PhD in Molecular Biology from Cambridge University, U.K. After postdoctoral training at the University of Manchester and Imperial Cancer Research Fund in the UK, she joined the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on using functional genomics and mouse models to understand gene function and regulation, the associated gene regulatory networks and mechanisms of disease, with a focus on skeletal and inner ear development, congenital and common skeletal disorders. Notable contributions are the identification of SOX2 as essential for prosensory development in the inner ear, SOX9 as a key regulator of COL2A1 and the cartilage gene regulatory network, a lineage continuum for cartilage and bone cells and a causative mechanistic link between endoplasmic reticulum stress and skeletal disorders. She is an elected Fellow of the Global Science Academy, The World Academy Sciences (TWAS).

    She was the founding President of the Hong Kong Society for Developmental Biology and the Hong Kong representative for the Asia-Pacific Developmental Biology Network and the International Society of Developmental Biology (2004-2013), elected President of the International Society for Matrix Biology (2006-2008), Senior External Fellow of the University of Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (2011-2012) and elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Differentiation (2012-2018).

    She brings editorial expertise to eLife having previously served as Associate Editor for Genesis, guest Associate Editor for PLOS Genetics, Asian Editor for Development Growth & Differentiation (2015-2016), editorial board member of Matrix Biology, BioEssays, Annual Reviews of Genomics & Human Genetics, and as Reviewing Editor of eLife.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    gene regulation and development
    inherited and degenerative skeletal disorder
    inner ear
    matrix biology
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    human
    Competing interests statement
    Kathryn Cheah receives research funding from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Hong Kong Health and Medical Research Fund. She is serving as a member of Hong Kong’s University Grants Council Biology Panel for the Research Assessment Exercise 2020. She currently also serves on the editorial boards of Scientific Reports, Genesis and Journal of Orthopaedic Research. She is also serving on the Hong Kong Advisory Board of the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) and the GRC Conference Evaluation Committee.
  5. Claude Desplan

    New York University, United States

    Claude Desplan, DSc, PhD is a Silver Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at NYU and an Affiliate Professor at the CGSB at NYU in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Desplan was born in Algeria and was trained at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in St. Cloud, France. He received his DSc at INSERM in Paris in 1983 working with M.S. Moukhtar and M. Thomasset on calcium regulation. He joined Pat O’Farrell at UCSF as a postdoc where he demonstrated that the homeodomain, a conserved signature of many developmental genes, is a DNA binding motif. In 1987, he joined the Faculty of Rockefeller University as an HHMI Assistant/Associate Investigator to pursue structural studies of the homeodomain and the evolution of axis formation.

    In 1999, Dr. Desplan joined NYU where he investigates the generation of neural diversity using the Drosophila visual system. His team has described the molecular mechanisms that pattern the eye and showed how stochastic decisions contribute to the diversification of photoreceptors. It also investigates the development and function of the optic lobes where neuronal diversity is generated by spatio-temporal patterning of neuroblasts, a mechanism that also applies to cortical development in mammals. Recently, his lab has also provided a functional understanding of the neuronal and computational mechanisms underlying motion detection.

    His laboratory also uses ‘evo-devo’ approaches to understand the mechanisms by which sensory systems adapt to different ecological conditions, from flies to ants to butterflies.

    Dr. Desplan serves on multiple scientific advisory boards and committees for funding agencies. He is an elected member of the AAAS, of EMBO, the New York Academy of Sciences as well as the US National Academy of Sciences.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    development neurobiology
    evo-devo
    vision
    stochasticity in development
    rhodopsin
    aging and caste determination (ants)
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    ants
    insects
    butterflies
    wasps
    flies
    Competing interests statement
    Dr. Desplan has been a member of the Board of Reviewing Editor for Science for the last 10 years (non-renumerated). He is an academic editor for PLOS Biology and PLOS Genetics (non-renumerated). Dr. Desplan occasionally serves as academic editor for other scientific journals (e.g. PNAS). He is a consultant for the Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology Al Ain, UAE. Dr. Desplan receives funding from the NIH and the NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Genomics and Systems Biology.
  6. Pankaj Kapahi

    Buck Institute for Research on Aging, United States

    Dr Kapahi received his PhD from the University of Manchester, where he worked with Tom Kirkwood. He did his postdoctoral work with Seymour Benzer at Caltech and Michael Karin at University of California, San Diego. He joined the Buck Institute as an assistant professor in 2004.

    Dr Kapahi has published more than 80 scientific papers and holds three current patents. He has been recognized for his scientific excellence with many awards, including the Eureka Award from the National Institute on Aging, a New Scholar Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation, a Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, the Nathan Shock Young Investigator Award, and the Breakthrough in Gerontology and Julie Martin Mid-career awards from AFAR. Dr. Kapahi also initiated the first master’s degree course in gerontology at the Buck Institute. His lab studies the genetic mechanisms by which nutrients modulate aging and age-related disease.

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    aging
    age-related diseases
    nutrient signaling
    metabolism
    inflammation
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
    D. melanogaster
    E. coli
    mouse
    Competing interests statement
    Dr Kapahi currently hold grants from the NIH, Hillblom Foundation, Hevolution Foundation. He is also founder of a start up in the aging field, Juvify.
  7. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn

    University of Freiburg, Germany

    Jürgen is a Professor at the University of Freiburg. He obtained his PhD for his work on plant cell polarity at the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) at the Ghent University. He has been an Associate Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and is now full Professor and chair of Molecular Plant Physiology (MoPP) at the University of Freiburg. He works at the interface of quantitative plant cell biology and developmental plant genetics, addressing plant growth control at a subcellular to organ scale.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    plant hormones
    growth control
    plant architecture
    Competing interests statement
    Jürgen Kleine-Vehn has received and profited from funding by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), the European Research Council (ERC), the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Molecular Science and on the advisory board of Review Commons (operated by EMBO). He has been an elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Young Curia).
  8. Lois Smith

    Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, United States

    Lois EH Smith MD, PhD is an ophthalmologist and clinician/scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Her basic research work is in retinal neovascularization, both basic mechanism and treatment including diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

    She has a long standing interest in eye diseases particularly retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy, and AMD and in the mechanisms behind these diseases, particularly the underlying causes of neovascularization and the interactions between neurons and vessels. Many pathways that they have found have been translated into clinical trials, including replacement of IGF-1 in preterm infants and treatment of AMD with anti-VEGF antibodies in which they were the first to show the benefit of blocking VEGF in a mouse model of retinopathy. More recently Dr Smith's work has been interested in metabolic function in photoreceptors, particularly with respect to lipids. Photoreceptor metabolic dysfunction causes central vision loss in retinal degenerative diseases (including ROP) but is also implicated in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

    Dr Smith is the recipient of the Friedenwald award, the Alcon Research Institute award, the Silverman award, and the Bressler Prize.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    age-related macular degeneration
    diabetic eye disease
    retinopathy
    ocular disease
    developmental neuroscience
    Competing interests statement
    Dr Smith has received funding from the National Eye Institute, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, the European Union, the Lowy Medical Research Institute, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Investigator Award, and the Alcon Award.Current editor roles include: Editor for Ophthalmology (Science), Editor for Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology, and Editor IOVS (Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science).
  9. Didier Stainier

    Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Germany

    Didier Stainier is the director of the Department of Developmental Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim (Frankfurt), Germany. He studied Biology in Wales, Belgium and the USA (Brandeis University) where he got a BA in 1984. He then received his PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Harvard University (1990) where he investigated the cellular basis of axon guidance and target recognition in the developing mouse brain with Wally Gilbert. After a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellowship with Mark Fishman at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), where he initiated the studies on zebrafish cardiac development, he set up his lab at the University of California, San Francisco in 1995, where he expanded his research to investigate questions of cell differentiation, tissue morphogenesis, organ homeostasis and function, as well as organ regeneration, in the zebrafish cardiovascular system and endodermal organs. In 2012, he moved to the Max Planck Institute where he continues to utilize both forward and reverse genetic approaches to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms of developmental processes during vertebrate organ formation, in both zebrafish and mouse. He is also an Honorary Professor at Goethe University in Frankfurt. In addition to research and mentorship awards at UCSF, he was a Packard Fellow, Basil O’Connor scholar, established Investigator of the American Heart Association, received the American Association of Anatomists Harland Mossman Award in Developmental Biology, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academia Europaea and European Molecular Biology Organization, as well as an Officier de l’ordre de Léopold de Belgique.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    developmental genetics
    organogenesis
    tissue morphogenesis
    organ homeostasis
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
    mouse
    Competing interests statement
    Didier Stainier has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the European Research Council, the National Institutes of Health, the Packard Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Leducq Foundation among others. In addition to being a Senior Editor for eLife, he currently serves as a Managing Editor for Mechanisms of Development, is on the editorial board of Development and FEBS letters, and is an International Strategic Advisor for the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Japan. He previously served as a Section Editor for BMC Developmental Biology and was the founding chair of the Dev1 study section of the National Institutes of Health.
  10. Lori Sussel

    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, United States

    Lori Sussel is a Professor of Pediatrics and Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She also serves as Director of the Research Division at Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. She received her BA in Microbiology at the University of Texas, Austin and her PhD in Molecular Biology from Columbia University where she investigated transcriptional regulation in yeast. She pursued postdoctoral studies first with Dr. Barbara Meyer (UC Berkeley) and then Dr. John Rubenstein (UC San Francisco) where applied her interests in transcriptional regulation of cell fates to developmental processes. During her postdoctoral studies, she was funded by a Life Science Research Fellowship, a NIH F32 fellowship and the A.P Giannini Foundation. She began her independent career at the University of Colorado where she initiated her studies on the transcriptional regulation of pancreatic islet cell fates. In 2006, she moved to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University where she continued to investigate pancreas development and islet biology, expanding her interests in transcriptional regulation to roles of long non-coding RNAs and RNA processing. In 2016, she returned to the University of Colorado to become the Director of Basic and Translational Research at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Her research continues to focus on pancreas development and islet biology using mice and human stem cell platforms to understand the molecular underpinnings of the islet dysfunctions associated with diabetes. In this position, she holds the Sissel and Findlow Family Chair in Stem Cell Biology.

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    pancreas development
    islet biology
    transcriptional regulation
    long non-coding RNAs
    diabetes
    developmental genetics
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    human cells
    Competing interests statement
    Lori Sussel has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition to being a Senior Editor for eLife, she currently serves as an Associate Editor for Science Advances, and is on the editorial board of Developmental Biology and Life Science Alliance. She previously served as an Associate Editor for Diabetes and Pediatric Diabetes and was on the editorial board of Molecular Metabolism.
  11. K VijayRaghavan

    K VijayRaghavan

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

    Vijay’s research aims to understand motor- and olfactory- circuit assembly: from deciphering how each component is made, interacts, and stabilises into functioning in the animal to allow behaviour in the real world. Related to the development of network function is its maintenance in the mature animal; another aspect of the work in the laboratory addresses how mature neurons and muscles are maintained. The laboratory uses a genetic approach, mainly using the fruit fly but also collaborating with those using mouse and cell-culture. VijayRaghavan is Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Science and Technology in the Department of Biotechnology. He temporarily holds additional charge of the Department of Biotechnology. VijayRaghavan’s research continues at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Bangalore, India, where he is Distinguished Professor. He studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His doctoral work was at TIFR, Mumbai and postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology. VijayRaghavan is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Associate of the European Molecular Biology Organization.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    genetics and genomics
    developmental biology
    neurogenetics
    neurobiology
    genetic basis of behavior
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    mouse
    Competing interests statement
    K VijayRaghavan currently receives research support from the Indo–French research agency CEFIPRA, and core support from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Previous support was from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), CEFIPRA, the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). VijayRaghavan serves on the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Janelia Farm Research Campus of the HHMI, Chair of the Research Council of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, and Member of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Immunology. He is Associate Editor of BMC Developmental Biology, and a member of the editorial boards of Development, Seminars in Developmental Biology, and Bioconcepts. He is Chair of the Board of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a not-for-profit company of the National Centre for Biological Sciences and the stem cell institute, inStem, created to manage platform technologies and for technology transfer on the NCBS–inStem campus. He is a member of the board of the Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children, a not-for-profit school for disabled children in Chennai, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Human Frontier Science Program.
  12. Richard M White

    Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Richard White, M.D., Ph.D, is a physician-scientist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is interested in basic mechanisms underlying metastasis, using the zebrafish as a model system. His work has established numerous techniques for cancer modeling and high-resolution imaging in the fish. Using these tools, the lab is focused on the cross-talk between tumor cells and the microenvironment, and how this interplay influences metastatic success. His work has revealed novel interactions between melanoma cells and adipocytes in the microenvironment, and how neural crest programs play roles in melanoma progression. He has been awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Pershing Square Foundation Award, and the Mark Foundation ASPIRE award.

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Medicine
    Research focus
    development
    neural crest
    zebrafish
    cancer
    melanoma
    metastasis
    microenvironment
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
    Competing interests statement
    Richard White receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Pershing Square Sohn Foundation, the Mark Foundation, the Melanoma Research Alliance, the American Cancer Society and the Harry J. Lloyd Foundation. He receives consulting fees from N-of-One, Inc.
  13. Wei Yan

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Wei Yan obtained his MD from China Medical University and PhD from University of Turku, Finland. After finishing his post-doc training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, he started his own lab at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he rose through the ranks and eventually named University Foundation Professor, the highest honor the University bestows upon its faculty. In 2020, he joined The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA to direct the newly established National Center for Male Reproductive Epigenomics, one of the seven National Centers for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility (NCTRI) supported by the NICDH. The Yan lab works on genetic and epigenetic control of fertility and the epigenetic contribution of gametes to fertilization, early embryonic development, and adulthood health. He has so far published over 160 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters with over 12,00 citations.

    His lab first put forward a novel idea for the development of non-hormonal male contraceptives: “Do not kill, but disable sperm”, which led to the discovery of TRIPTONIDE, a natural compound, as a reversible non-hormonal contraceptive agent in mice and monkeys, and established it as a drug candidate for “The Pill” for men. His lab also discovered the function of motile cilia in the reproductive tracts. In the male, motile ciliary beating function as an agitator to maintain the constant suspension of immotile testicular sperm during their transit through the efferent ductules in men. In the female, motile cilia in the oviduct/Fallopian tube are essential for oocyte pickup and fertility, but dispensable for embryo and sperm transport, which are mostly achieved through smooth muscle contraction. This discovery solved the long-standing controversy about the role of cilia beating vs. muscle contraction in gamete/embryo transport. His lab elucidated several novel mechanisms underlying the unique regulation of gene expression during the haploid phase of spermatogenesis, including global shortening of transcripts, delayed translation/uncoupling of transcription and translation, and dynamic changes in poly(A) length and non-A contents. His lab first discovered mitochondrial genome-encoded small RNAs (mitosRNAs), endo-siRNAs in the male germline and MSCI-escaping X-linked miRNAs. His lab was also among those that suggested critical functions of sperm-borne RNAs in supporting early embryonic development and epigenetic inheritance.

    Wei Yan’s contributions to science have been recognized by several academic awards, including the 2009 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Young Investigator Award, the 2012 American Society of Andrology (ASA) Young Andrologist Award, the 2013 Nevada Healthcare Hero Award for Research and Technology, the 2017 University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2018 SSR Research Award and the 2020 Nevada System of Higher Education Research Award. Dr Yan was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2017 and SSR Distinguished Fellow in 2023.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Medicine
    Research focus
    reproduction
    epigenetic inheritance
    regulation of spermatogenesis
    female infertility
    sperm biology
    reproductive tract
    ovarian biology
    female fertility
    contraceptive development
    endocrine control of reproduction and fertility
    germline epigenetic reprogramming
    sperm-borne large and small RNA
    Competing interests statement
    The Yan lab receives funding from the NIH, Male Contraceptive Initiative, and John Templeton Foundation. Wei Yan serves on the Advisory Board of Contraceptive Accelerator Network, LLC. Wei Yan served as co-Editor-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction (2017-2021). He serves as Associate Editor for Environmental Epigenetics and Reviewing Editor for FASEB journal.

Reviewing editors

  1. Cynthia L Andoniadou

    King's College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Medicine
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    stem cells
    endocrine
    pituitary gland
    adrenal gland
    paracrine signalling
    tumours
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  2. H. Efsun Arda

    National Cancer Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    pancreas
    single-cell
    enhancers
    chromatin
  3. Erika A Bach

    New York University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    stem cell self-renewal
    stem cell differentiation
    cell competition
    stem cell competition
    transdifferentiation
    stem cell aging
    sex determination
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  4. Michel Bagnat

    Duke University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    morphogenesis
    tubulogenesis
    notochord
    spine
    gut
    epithelial
    polarity
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
    mouse
  5. Victoria L Bautch

    University of North Carolina, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    growth and interactions of cells
    blood vessel formation
  6. Hugo J Bellen

    Baylor College of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    neurobiology
    human neurological disease
    Alzheimer's disease
    Parkinson's disease
    diagnosis of human genetic diseases
    fly technology
    CRIMIC
    MiMIC
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    mouse
  7. Dominique Bergmann

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    asymmetric division
    cell fate
    stomata
    cell polarity
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    Brachypodium
  8. Jimena Berni

    University of Sussex, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    locomotion
    developmental biology
    central pattern generators
    neurogenetics
    neurobiology
    genetic basis of behavior
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  9. Joshua Brickman

    Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem), Denmark

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    embryonic stem cells
    endoderm
    pluripotency
    lineage priming
    transcription factors
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    Xenopus
  10. Caroline E Burns

    Boston Children's Hospital, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cardiopharyngeal
    cardiovascular disease modeling
    cardiac development
    cardiac function
    cardiovascular regeneration
    cardiomyocyte proliferation
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  11. Michael Buszczak

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    stem cells
    germ cells
    ribosomes
    mRNA translation
    chromatin
    DNA damage
    meiosis
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
  12. Frank Chan

    Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolution
    adaptation
    complex traits
    transcriptional regulation
    non-model organisms
    selective sweeps
    single-cell techniques
    haplotypes
    genomes
    genetic mapping
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  13. Xin Chen

    Johns Hopkins University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    germ cells
    stem cells
    asymmetric cell division
    histones
    epigenetics
    transcription
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
    D. melanogaster
  14. Tom H Cheung

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

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    tissue regeneration
    biological aging
    adult stem cells
    muscle stem cells
    satellite cell
    post-transcriptional regulation
    epigenetic regulation
    microRNAs
    RNA binding proteins
  15. Ariel Chipman

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    segmentation
    Cambrian explosion
    evo-devo
    body plan evolution
    head evolution
    molting
    Experimental organism
    arthropods
  16. Filippo Del Bene

    Institut de la Vision, France

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    zebrafish
    visual system
    optogenetics
    neural circuits
    behavior
    brain function
    genome editing
  17. Danelle Devenport

    Princeton University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    planar cell polarity
    epidermis
    skin
    oriented cell divisions
    morphogenesis
    epithelia
    Experimental organism
    mammals
  18. Xin Duan

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synapse formation
    superior colliculus
    optic neuropathy
    retinal circuitry
    transsynaptic tracing
    cadherins
    optic nerve regeneration
  19. Stephen C Ekker

    Mayo Clinic, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Research focus
    gene editing
    morpholinos
    transposons
    mitochondria
    health engineering
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  20. John Ewer

    Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Genetics and Genomics
    Medicine
    Research focus
    animal behaviour
    neuropeptides
    circadian clocks
    insect endocrinology
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  21. Bo Gao

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    planar cell polarity
    scoliosis
    skeletal disease
  22. Arjumand Ghazi

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    aging
    geroscience
    reproductive aging
    longevity
    healthspan
    oocytes
    innate immunity
    inflammation
    proteostasis
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
    Drosophila melanogaster
    mouse
  23. Ilona C Grunwald Kadow

    Technical University of Munich, Germany

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    circuit neuroscience
    behavior
    in vivo imaging
    chemosensation
    olfactory system
    neuromodulation
    metabolism
    internal state
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    mouse
  24. 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
  25. Oliver Hobert

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    microRNAs
    epigenetics
    developmental neurobiology
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  26. Catarina Homem

    Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    neurobiology
    stem cells
    neural stem cells
    tumor metabolism
    transcription regulation
    cellular metabolism
    cell fate regulation
    tumors
    neuron differentiation
    maturation
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  27. 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
  28. Patrick J Hu

    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Medicine
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    signal transduction
    genetics
    development
    aging
    cancer
    endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis
    dauer
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  29. Maneesha S Inamdar

    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Cell Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    pluripotent stem cells
    hematopoiesis
    vascular
    organelles
    mitochondria
    vesicular trafficking
    cytoskeleton
    protein sorting
  30. Arezu Jahani-Asl

    McGill University, Canada

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    glioblastoma
    stem cells
    mitochondria
    transcription
    mental retardation
    neurodegeneration
    cancer
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  31. Loydie A Jerome-Majewska

    McGill University, Canada

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Cell Biology
    Medicine
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    splicing
    protein transport
    neural crest cells
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  32. Shingo Kajimura

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    bioenergetics
    metabolism
    metabolic disease
    adaptation
    adipose tissue biology
  33. Koichi Kawakami

    National Institute of Genetics, Japan

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    organogenesis
    disease models
    biotechnology
    optogenetics
    transposable elements
    behavior
    brain function
    neural circuits
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  34. Johnny Kim

    TRON gGmbH, Germany

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    stem cells
    regeneration
    cardiovascular biomedicine
    muscle biology
    reprogramming
    aging
    totipotency
    pluripotency
    cell therapy
    gene therapy
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    human
  35. Paschalis Kratsios

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neuronal development
    transcription factors
    chromatin factors
    neuronal identity
    genetics
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
    mouse
  36. Vira Kravets

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    computational modeling
    network theory
    quantitative microscopy
  37. Shigehiro Kuraku

    National Institute of Genetics, Japan

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    molecular evolution
    gene family evolution
    developmental roles of duplicated genes
    early vertebrate genome evolution
    Experimental organism
    reptiles
    cyclostomes
    chondrichthyans
  38. Cristina Lo Celso

    Imperial College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    hematopoietic stem cell function
    intravital microscopy
    hematopoietic system
  39. Falong Lu

    Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    RNA modifications
    imprinting
    stem cells
    reprogramming
    poly(A) tail
    early embryo
    chromatin modifications
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    human
  40. Pablo A Manavella

    Instituto de Agrobiotecnología del Litoral , Argentina

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    small RNA
    microRNAs
    RNA biology
    chromatin
    epigenetics
    transposable elements
    gene silencing
    miRNA biogenesis
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
  41. Lolitika Mandal

    Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Cell Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    development
    hematopoiesis
    cardiogenesis
    metabolism
    signalling
    stem cell biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  42. Juan P Martinez-Barbera

    University College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Medicine
    Cancer Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    brain
    pituitary
    tumour and cancer
    embryos
    cell senescence
    senescence-associate secretory phenotype (SASP)
    senolytic
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  43. Sigolène M Meilhac

    Imagine-Institut Pasteur, France

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    morphogenesis
    patterning
    left-right asymmetry
    heart development
    cardiac cell lineages
    congenital heart defect
    mouse genetics
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  44. Simón Méndez-Ferrer

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Developmental Biology
    Cancer Biology
    Medicine
    Research focus
    haematopoietic stem cell niche
    mesenchymal stem cells
    myeloproliferative neoplasms
    acute myeloid leukemia
    neuroimmunology
  45. Yuji Mishina

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    craniofacial development
    neural crest
    osteoblasts
    osteoclasts
    growth factor signaling
    cartilage development
    cell fate specification
    skeletogenesis
  46. Binyam Mogessie

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    meiosis
    mitosis
    oocytes
    actin
    microtubules
    chromosome segregation
    chromosome cohesion
    chromosome organisation
    kinetochores
    aneuploidy
    fertility
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    human
    pig
  47. Tina Mukherjee

    Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), India

    Expertise
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    metabolism
    myeloid development and function
    stem cells and development
    neuro-immune crosstalk
    Experimental organism
    drosophila
    mouse
    mosquitos
  48. Marcos Nahmad

    Centre for Research and Advanced Studies, Mexico

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    growth control
    drosophila genetics
    developmental patterning
    mathematical modelling
  49. Roel Nusse

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    wnt signaling
    stem cells
    tissue repair
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  50. Izuchukwu Okafor

    Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Developmental Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Genetics and Genomics
    Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    developmental biology
    reproductive biology
    gene expression
    molecular biology
    public health
    reproductive health
    medical education
    anatomical sciences
    neuroreproduction
  51. Noriaki Ono

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    cartilage development
    craniofacial development
    skeletal stem cells
    bone development
    bone regeneration
    bone & cartilage tumor
  52. Michael Perry

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    evo-devo
    developmental neurobiology
    stochasticity in development
    sexual dimorphism
    cell fate specification
    sensory system evolution
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    butterflies
    insects
    mosquitos
    house flies
  53. Samuel Pleasure

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Medicine
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    circuit development
    hippocampus
    cerebral cortex
    epilepsy
    human
    forebrain development
    autoimmune encephalitis
    morphogenic signals
    mouse
    multiple sclerosis
  54. Douglas Portman

    University of Rochester, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurogenetics
    behavioral genetics
    behavioral plasticity
    hypothamalus sex differences
    neuronal development
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  55. Jeremy Reiter

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cilia
  56. Olivia S Rissland

    University of Colorado School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    post-transcriptional regulation
    RNA
    translation
    maternal-to-zygotic transition
    small RNAs
    RNA decay
    Experimental organism
    drosophila
  57. Sarah Russell

    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    cell fate determination
    T cells
    cell polarity
    synapse
    asymmetric cell division
    Scribble
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  58. James R Sellers

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

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    myosin
  59. Sonia Sen

    Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, India

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    neural stem cells
    neural circuits
    evo-devo
    Drosophila
    mosquito
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  60. Jiwon Shim

    Hanyang University, South Korea

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    hematopoiesis
    innate immunity
    hemocyte
    development
    signaling
    inter-organ communication
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  61. Yuko Shimada-Niwa

    University of Tsukuba, Japan

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    ecdysteroid biosynthesis
    prothoracic gland
    parasitoid wasp
    parasitism
    oogenesis
    planar cell polarity
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila melanogaster
  62. Roy V Sillitoe

    Baylor College of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    cerebellum
    dystonia
    tremor
    electrophysiology
    mouse genetics
    development
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  63. Mahendra Sonawane

    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    morphogenesis
    epithelial organisation
    epithelial cell polarity
    cytoskeleton and membrane projections
    epidermis development
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  64. Yan Song

    Peking University, China

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    developmental neurobiology
    cell fate decisions
    epigenetics
    stem cells
    neurodevelopmental disorders
    transcriptional control
    cell fate memory
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    D. melanogaster
  65. Pablo H Strobl-Mazzulla

    Instituto Tecnológico de Chascomús, Argentina

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    vertebrate development
    microRNAs
    epigenetics
    neural crest
    placodes
  66. Rio Sugimura

    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    hematopoiesis
    human pluripotent stem cells
    lineage tracing
    organoid
    embryology
    niche
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  67. Owen Tamplin

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    hematopoeitic stem cells
    microenvironment
    zebrafish
    blood development
  68. Kristin Tessmar-Raible

    University of Vienna, Austria

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    chronobiology
    marine
    photobiology
    rhythms
    clocks
    physiology
    Experimental organism
    platynereis
    clunio
    danio
    medakafish
    oryzias
  69. Fadel Tissir

    University of Louvain, Belgium

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neural progenitors
    neuronal migration
    polarity
    axon guidance
    neurodevelopmental disorders
    ciliogenesis
    cortical malformations
    gene/genome editing
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  70. Ivan Velasco

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    embryonic stem cells
    induced pluripotent stem cells
    neural stem cells
    CNS development
    Parkinson's disease
    animal models of neurological diseases
    cell grafting
    axonal guidance
    regeneration
  71. Pablo Wappner

    Instituto Leloir, Argentina

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    cell differentiation
    signaling pathways
    hypoxia
    autophagy
    adaptation to stress
    Experimental organism
    drosophila
  72. Doris Wu

    National Institutes of Health, Section on Sensory Cell Regeneration and Development, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    inner ear development
    vestibular and cochlear patterning and development
    Experimental organism
    chicken
    mouse
    zebrafish
  73. Jian Xu

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    hematopoiesis
    erythropoiesis
    myeloid leukemia
    epigenetics
    transcription regulation
    enhancer
    metabolism
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  74. Yukiko M Yamashita

    HHMI, University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    stem cell niche
    asymmetric cell division
    satellite DNA
    germline immortality
    ribosomal DNA
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  75. Han Zhu

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    pluripotent stem cells
    human embryonic cells
    human organoid
    stem cell derived pancreatic islets
    pancreatic islet development
    pancreatic islet function
    diabetes
    gene regulation
    single-cell genomics
  76. Michael E Zuber

    SUNY Upstate Medical University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    neurogenesis
    visual system development
    visual system regeneration
    transcription factors
    Experimental organism
    Xenopus