Editors for Developmental Biology

We aim to publish significant 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. 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
    Drosophila
    mouse
  2. Marianne E Bronner

    Marianne E Bronner

    California Institute of Technology, United States

    Marianne Bronner is a developmental biologist with a long-standing interest in specification, migration and differentiation of neural crest stem cells. Using a pan-vertebrate approach, her lab has been systematically studying the gene regulatory network responsible for neural crest formation and evolutionary origin. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Marianne’s family escaped to Austria during the Hungarian revolution when she was a small child. She received her ScB in Biophysics from Brown University and then a PhD in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. She assumed her first faculty position at the University of California, Irvine, before moving to Caltech in 1996. Marianne received the Conklin Medal from The Society for Developmental Biology in 2013, the Women in Cell Biology Senior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology in 2012, as well as several teaching awards from her institution. She was elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2015.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    neural crest
    peripheral nervous system
    placodes
    developmental neurobiology
    vertebrate development biology
    cell lineage
    cell migration
    vertebrate evolution
    Experimental organism
    chick
    lamprey
    zebrafish
    xenopus
    Competing interests statement
    Marianne Bronner is employed by the California Institute of Technology and receives research funding from the National Institutes of Health. She is on the board of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and member of several other societies (e.g., Society for Developmental Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, Society for Neuroscience, International Society for Differentiation). In addition to being a Senior Editor for eLife, she is Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Biology and serves actively as monitoring editor of Journal of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell, PLOS Biology and PNAS. She is presently on the boards of the Sontag Foundation and Curci Foundation as well as the Conference Evaluation Committee of the Gordon Research Conferences.
  3. Mike Eisen

    Michael B Eisen

    HHMI, University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Michael Eisen majored in math as an undergraduate at Harvard, exploiting the department’s lack of interest in what students did outside of the field to pursue his true love of ecology and evolutionary biology. Trying to unite his quantitative side with his interest in biology, he entered the Harvard Graduate Program in Biophysics, completing his PhD with Don Wiley, using X-ray crystallography to study the evolution of influenza virus proteins.

    After a stint as the play-by-play voice of the Columbia (Tennessee) Mules Professional Baseball Club, he joined the labs of Pat Brown and David Botstein at Stanford at the dawn of the era of functional genomics, where he played multiple roles in the development of DNA microarrays as a tool for studying biology. His most notable contribution was a 1998 paper showing how clustering methods can reveal underlying biological structure in genomic data that helped to establish many analytical paradigms in genomics.

    He began his independent career at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, before moving to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. In addition to the main focus of his lab – using experimental, computational and evolutionary methods to study spatial patterns of gene regulation in the early Drosophila embryo – he has a longstanding interest in understanding the molecular basis for the varied microorganisms that have evolved to manipulate animal behavior.

    Outside of the lab, he has been a fervent and occasionally strident advocate for opening up the system of scholarly publishing, founding, along with Brown and Harold Varmus, the Public Library of Science (PLOS). More recently he has dabbled in politics and serves as an advisor to Impossible Foods, a company Brown started to create plant-based meats to end the planetary scourge of animal farming.

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    development
    genomics
    embryogenesis
    computational biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
    Competing interests statement
    Impossible Foods: I am an advisor to Impossible Foods, a company founded by my former postdoctoral advisor Patrick Brown, to develop plant-based alternatives to foods derived from animal projects. I got involved in the company because animal farming has a massively negative effect on the planet, and because I believe we can reduce this negative impact by offering consumers products that satisfy their desire for meat, cheese and other dairy products that have less of an impact on the environment. I spend time on the company because I believe deeply in its mission, but I also receive a small stipend for my work and own equity. 23andMe: I used to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of 23andMe, a company that provides consumers with information on their DNA through genotyping and through a website that offers information on ancestry and ties the unique collection of DNA variants they contain to the emerging scientific literature on the effect of these mutation. I do not hold any equity in the company, but I support their mission and my long affiliation with them may constitute a conflict of interest. Public Library of Science: For 20 years I have been a public advocate for reforming the way scientists communicate, and much of my work in this domain focused on the Public Library of Science, a non-profit publisher of open-access scientific and medical journals on whose board of directors I served from 2002–18. My work for PLOS was strictly on a volunteer basis: at no point did I receive any compensation from the company for my role. Despite having no financial interest in PLOS, I have put a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears into the company. I believe fervently in its mission and have an obvious personal stake in its success, even though I am no longer affiliated with them. Science funding: As a working scientist who has received grants from a variety of government funding agencies, I have a professional interest in promoting science funding and in influencing the way research funds are distributed. Anyone who follows me knows that I speak my mind freely on the NIH and other funding agencies and their problems, but I will admit that I used to pull my punches occasionally for fear that it would influence my prospects of funding. I currently receive virtually all of my lab’s funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and thus I clearly have a professional conflict when talking about HHMI. Institutional: I work at the University of California, Berkeley, and have an institutional conflict of interest on anything dealing with UCB, with the University of California writ large, educational funding in California, and, arguably, public higher education policy at the national and state level. I also have a conflict of interest when talking about areas where UC, UCB or my department (Molecular and Cell Biology) have a financial interest, especially on patents. This is currently most relevant in regards to the patent interference case being contested by Berkeley, MIT and others over CRISPR technology. (Modified from “My Conflicts of Interest” at michaeleisen.org/blog.)
  4. Christian S Hardtke

    Christian S Hardtke

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Christian Hardtke obtained a PhD in Developmental Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 1997 for his work on plant embryogenesis. He then moved to Yale University as an HFSP postdoctoral fellow to study photomorphogenesis, before joining McGill University as Assistant Professor in 2001. He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Lausanne in 2004, where he became Full Professor and director of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology in 2010. His research revolves around the molecular genetic control of plant development, with a focus on quantitative aspects of plant growth and morphology. He is particularly interested in mechanisms of vascular tissue differentiation and their relation to root system architecture, as well as the intersection of these mechanisms with natural genetic variation.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    plant development
    developmental cell biology
    natural variation
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
    Brachypodium
    Competing interests statement
    Christian Hardtke has received funding from the Human Frontier Science Program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, various EU research programs and the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is currently an editor of Plant and Cell Physiology and also serves on the editorial board of EMBO Reports.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Reviewing editors

  1. Anita Bhattacharyya

    University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurodevelopmental disorders
    brain development
    pluripotent stem cell
    Experimental organism
    human
  2. Déborah Bourc'his

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    DNA methylation
    genomic imprinting
    transposons
    reproduction
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  3. Michael Buszczak

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    chromatin
    germ cells
    mRNA translation
    stem cells
    stem cell niches
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  4. Constance Cepko

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    developmental neurobiology
    viral vectors
    retina
    blindness
  5. Kathryn Cheah

    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    gene regulation and development
    inherited and degenerative skeletal disorder
    Sox2
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  6. Graeme W Davis

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurodegeneration
    neural development
    synaptic transmission
    plasticity
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  7. Claude Desplan

    New York University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    evo-devo
    neural development
    retina
    vision
    color vision
    stochasticity
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
    ants
  8. Bruce Edgar

    University of Utah, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cell cycle
    cell growth and growth signaling
    stem cell biology
    development
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  9. Reinhard Fässler

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    ECM
    integrin adhesion and signalling
    cell biology
    mouse genetics
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  10. David D Ginty

    HHMI, Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurotrophic factors
    peripheral nervous system development
    mechanosensory neurons
    tactile processing
    spinal cord
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  11. Joseph G Gleeson

    The Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    neurodevelopmental disease
    brain development
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  12. Richard P Harvey

    The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    mammalian heart
    congenital heart diseases
    cardiac regeneration
    cardiac gene regulatory networks
    cardiac development
    developmental biology
  13. Oliver Hobert

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    microRNAs
    epigenetics
    developmental neurobiology
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  14. 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
  15. Elisabeth Knust

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    morphogenesis
    trafficking
    retinal development
    retinal degradation
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  16. Gou Young Koh

    Institute of Basic Science and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    angiogenesis
    lymphangiogenesis
    adipogenesis
    cardiogenesis
    vascular and cardiovascular biology
  17. Edward Morrisey

    University of Pennsylvania, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    lung development
    cardiac development
    vascular development
    regulation of gene transcription
    wnt signaling
    GATA
    forkhead
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  18. Jeremy Nathans

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    developmental neurobiology
    planar cell polarity
    photoreceptors
    vision
    ophthalmology
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  19. Phil Newmark

    Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    Planarian
    regeneration
    Schistosoma
    germ cells
  20. 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
  21. Jeremy Reiter

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cilia
  22. Elizabeth Robertson

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    transcriptional regulators
    mammalian development
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  23. Lilianna Solnica-Krezel

    Washington University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    gastrulation
    vertebrate embryogenesis
    patterning
    cell movement
    cell signalling
    morphogenesis
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  24. Allan Spradling

    Carnegie Institution for Science, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    stem cell differentiation and morphogenesis
    ovary
    female reproduction
    polyploid cell
    epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
    mouse
  25. Fadel Tissir

    University of Louvain, Belgium

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    Development of the nervous system
    planar cell polarity
    neurogenesis
    neuronal migration
    axon guidance
    cortical malformations
    ciliogenesis
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  26. Richard M White

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer
    metastasis
    genetics
    melanocyte
    melanoma
    neural crest
    Experimental organism
    human
    zebrafish
  27. Tanya T Whitfield

    University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    animal models of human genetic disease
    deafness
    inner ear
    sensory placodes
    hearing and balance
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  28. Jerry L Workman

    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    protein complexes
    chromatin modification
    regulation of gene transcription
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  29. 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
  30. 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 cells
    stem cell niche
    asymmetric division
    spindle orientation
    centrosome
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  31. 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