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. Prabhat Jha

    Prabhat Jha

    Senior Editor

    Prabhat Jha has been a key figure in epidemiology and economics of global health for the past decade. He is the University of Toronto Endowed Professor in Disease Control and Canada Research Chair at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Professor Jha is a lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India, which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in over one million homes from 1997–2014 and which examines the contribution of key risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol, diet, and environmental exposures. He is co-investigator of the Disease Control Priorities Network and the author of several influential books on tobacco control, including two that helped enable a global treaty on tobacco control, now signed by over 160 countries. Prior to founding CGHR, Professor Jha served as Senior Scientist for the World Health Organization, where he co-led the work on health and poverty for the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Earlier, he headed the World Bank team responsible for developing the Second National HIV/AIDS Control Program in India. His advisory work has included the Government of South Africa on its national health insurance plan, and the United States Institute of Medicine on global health. Notable recognitions include the Order of Canada (2013) for contributions to global health, the Luther Terry Award for Research on Tobacco Control (2012), The Globe and Mail 25 Transformational Canadians (2010), Top 40 Canadians under Age 40 Award (2004), the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2004), and Gold Medal from the Poland Health Promotion Foundation (2000). Professor Jha holds an MD from the University of Manitoba and a DPhil from Oxford University, where he studied as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar.

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    epidemiology
    global health
    infectious disease and population dynamics
    randomized controlled trials

Reviewing editors

  1. Quarraisha Abdool Karim

    CAPRISA, South Africa

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    HIV/AIDS
    women and adolescent health
    tuberculosis
  2. Ben Cooper

    Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    population biology of communicable diseases
    antimicrobial resistance
    epidemiological methods
  3. Neil Ferguson

    Imperial College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    epidemiology and infectious disease
    emerging infections
    mosquito-borne infections
    statistical and mathematical tools
  4. Eduardo Franco

    McGill University, Canada

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    human biology and medicine
    microbiology and infectious disease
    cancer epidemiology and prevention
    screening
    human papillomavirus infection
  5. Mark Jit

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    immunisation
    health economics
    mathematical modelling of infectious diseases
  6. Urszula Krzych

    Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, United States

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    malaria
    adaptive immunity
    vaccines
  7. Catherine Kyobutungi

    Africa Population Health Research Center, Kenya

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    epidemiology of non-communicable diseases
  8. Marc Lipsitch

    Harvard School of Public Health, United States

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    mathematical modeling
    evolution of pathogens
    epidemiology of infectious diseases
    Experimental organism
    streptococcus pneumoniae
  9. Ruth Loos

    The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    epidemiology
    obesity and cardiometabolic traits
  10. Madhukar Pai

    McGill University, Canada

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    tuberculosis
    epidemiology
    public health
    global health
  11. Viviana Simon

    The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    viral-host interactions
    retroviral restriction factors
    HIV drug resistance
  12. M Dawn Teare

    Reviewing Editor

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    statistics
    population genetics
    epidemiology