People

The working scientists who serve as eLife editors, our early-career advisors, governing board, and our executive staff all work in concert to realise eLife’s mission to accelerate discovery

Senior editors

  1. Marianne E Bronner

    Marianne E Bronner

    Senior Editor

    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 and Stem Cells
    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
  2. Sean Morrison

    Sean Morrison

    Senior Editor

    The Morrison laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate stem cell function in the nervous and hematopoietic systems. Dr Morrison obtained his BSc in biology and chemistry from Dalhousie University (1991), then completed a PhD in immunology at Stanford University (1996), and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology at Caltech (1999). From 1999 to 2011, Dr Morrison was at the University of Michigan where he Directed their Center for Stem Cell Biology. Recently, Dr Morrison moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he is the founding Director of the new Children’s Research Institute. Dr Morrison’s laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate stem cell self-renewal and stem cell aging, as well as the role these mechanisms play in cancer. Dr Morrison was a Searle Scholar (2000–2003), was named in Technology Review Magazine’s list of 100 young innovators (2002), received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2003), the International Society for Hematology and Stem Cell’s McCulloch and Till Award (2007), the American Association of Anatomists Harland Mossman Award (2008), and a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Aging. Dr Morrison has also been active in public policy issues surrounding stem cells. For example, he has twice testified before Congress and was a leader in the successful “Proposal 2” campaign to protect stem cell research in Michigan’s state constitution.

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    tissue stem cells
    blood
    cancer biology
    hematopoietic system
  3. Didier Stainier

    Senior Editor

    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 and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    developmental genetics
    organogenesis
    tissue morphogenesis
    organ homeostasis
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  4. K VijayRaghavan

    K VijayRaghavan

    Senior Editor

    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 and Stem Cells
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    genetics and genomics
    developmental biology
    neurogenetics
    neurobiology
    genetic basis of behavior

Reviewing editors

  1. Jayaraj Rajagopal

    Harvard University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    lung development
    epithelial regeneration
    lung stem cells
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  2. Lilianna Solnica-Krezel

    Washington University in St. Louis, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    gastrulation
    vertebrate embryogenesis
    patterning
    cell movement
    cell signalling
    morphogenesis
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  3. Edward Morrisey

    University of Pennsylvania, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    lung development
    cardiac development
    vascular development
    regulation of gene transcription
    wnt signaling
    GATA
    forkhead
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  4. Phil Newmark

    Morgridge Institute for Research, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    Planarian
    regeneration
    Schistosoma
    germ cells
  5. Beate Lichtenberger

    Medical University of Vienna, Austria

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs)
    fibroblast-mediated skin pathologies
    skin cancer
    stem cell fate decisions
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  6. Julie Ahringer

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    cell fate
    gene expression
    chromatin biology
    epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  7. Utpal Banerjee

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    haematopoiesis
    cancer biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  8. Clare Blackburn

    MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    thymus development, maintainance, and regeneration
    thymic epithelial progenitor cell biology and regulation
    differentiation of pluripotent cells
    transcription factor networks
  9. Andrew Brack

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    muscle stem cells
    regeneration
  10. Margaret Buckingham

    Institut Pasteur, France

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    cardiogenesis
    muscle stem cells
  11. Constance Cepko

    Harvard University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    developmental neurobiology
    viral vectors
    retina
    blindness
  12. Graeme W Davis

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurodegeneration
    neural development
    synaptic transmission
    plasticity
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  13. Elisabetta Dejana

    FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Italy

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    angiogenesis
    cell adhesion
    VE-cadherin
    vascular permeability
    vascular development and patterning
    endothelium
    blood brain barrier
  14. Bruce Edgar

    University of Utah, United States

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

    Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    ECM
    integrin adhesion and signalling
    cell biology
    mouse genetics
  16. Elaine Fuchs

    Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    skin stem cells
    stem cells
    tissue morphogenesis
    epithelial polarity
    transcriptional regulation during development
    cytoskeletal dynamics and adhesion
    epithelial cancers
  17. Fred Gage

    Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    human stem cells
    neurogenesis
  18. Holger Gerhardt

    Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine, Germany

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    vascular development and patterning
    vascular biology
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    zebrafish
  19. David D Ginty

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurotrophic factors
    peripheral nervous system development
    mechanosensory neurons
    tactile processing
    spinal cord
  20. Richard P Harvey

    The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Experimental organism
    mammalian heart
    congenital heart diseases
    cardiac regneration
    cardiac gene regulatory networks
    cardiac development
  21. Oliver Hobert

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    microRNAs
    epigenetics
    developmental neurobiology
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  22. Valerie Horsley

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    epithelial stem cells
    adipocyte stem cells
    adipose tissue
    epithelial-mesenchymal interactions
    mechanical regulation of tissues
    tissue regeneration
  23. Elisabeth Knust

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    morphogenesis
    trafficking
    retinal development
    retinal degradation
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  24. Cristina Lo Celso

    Imperial College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    hematopoietic stem cell function
    intravital microscopy
    hematopoietic system
  25. Todd McDevitt

    Gladstone Institutes, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    biomaterials
    stem cell differentiation and morphogenesis
    tissue engineering
  26. Jeremy Nathans

    Johns Hopkins University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    developmental neurobiology
    planar cell polarity
    photoreceptors
    vision
    ophthalmology
  27. Roel Nusse

    Stanford School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    wnt signaling
    stem cells
    tissue repair
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  28. Nipam Patel

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution of developmental systems
  29. Martin Pera

    University of Melbourne, Australia

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    embryonic stem cells
    induced pluripotent stem cells
    regenerative medicine
    tissue stem cells
    Experimental organism
    human
  30. Jeremy Reiter

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    cilia
  31. Elizabeth Robertson

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    transcriptional regulators
    mammalian development
  32. Lee L Rubin

    Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    spinal muscular atrophy
    amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    huntington's disease
    reprogramming
  33. Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado

    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    regeneration
    Experimental organism
    planaria
  34. Allan Spradling

    Carnegie Institution for Science, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    stem cell differentiation and morphogenesis
    ovary
    female reproduction
    polyploid cell
    epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  35. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cardiac and bone regeneration
    tissue engineering
    in vitro models of development and disease
    biophysical regulation of stem cells
  36. Amy J Wagers

    Harvard University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    blood-forming stem cells
    muscle-forming stem cells
  37. Richard White

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States

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

    University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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

    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    protein complexes
    chromatin modification
    regulation of gene transcription
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  40. Yukiko M Yamashita

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Research focus
    stem cells
    stem cell niche
    asymmetric division
    spindle orientation
    centrosome
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  41. Deborah Yelon

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Research focus
    cardiac specification
    cardiac morphogenesis
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish
  42. Hong Zhang

    Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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