Editors for Genetics and Genomics

We aim to publish significant research in areas including the genetic basis of health and disease, comparative and functional genomics, epigenetics, genomics, medical genetics, genetic epidemiology, and population genetics. We welcome studies in all areas of human genetics as well as those that use cellular and animal models to explore traits of broad relevance to health and disease. We are particularly keen to see studies that use human genetics to drive risk variant discovery, and/or apply such information to provide further mechanistic insights into disease biology, to dissect the genetic architecture of disease, to explore the impact of modifiable risk factors, and/or to support translational advances. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Naama Barkai

    Naama Barkai

    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    Naama Barkai is a systems and computational biologist interested in how bio-molecular circuits are designed. She joined the Weizmann Institute in 1999, following a post-doc (Princeton) and graduate studies (Hebrew University) in physics. She is currently chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, and the head of the Azrieli and Kahan Centers for Systems Biology at the Weizmann Institute. In 2013, Barkai was elected to a Vallee Foundation Visiting Professorship and awarded the Abisch Frankel prize.

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

    Harry Dietz

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Dr Dietz is Victor A McKusick Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Molecular Biology & Genetics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His undergraduate training in biomedical engineering was performed at Duke University and his MD degree was received from the Health Sciences University of Syracuse. Clinical and research training in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, and genetics occurred at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr Dietz’s research is focused on elucidation of the etiology and pathogenesis of connective tissue disorders that involve the cardiovascular system. Dr Dietz has received multiple prestigious awards including the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, the Taubman Prize for excellence in translational medical science, and the Harrington Prize from the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute. He is an inductee of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of American Physicians, The National Academy of Medicine, Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Sciences.

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    human genetics
    extracellular matrix
    connective tissue disorders
    genetics of cardiovascular disease
    Competing interests statement
    Hal Dietz receives funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Heath, Leducq Foundation, Marfan Foundation, and Scleroderma Research Foundation. He currently serves on the editorial board of Science Translation Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He serves on the advisory board of GlaxoSmithKline, is founder and consultant for Blade Therapeutics, and also consults for Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He is President Elect of the American Society of Human Genetics.
  3. Mark McCarthy

    Mark McCarthy

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Mark McCarthy is the Robert Turner Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Oxford, based at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. He is also a Consultant Physician at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva. Following medical training in Cambridge and London, a spell as an MRC Travelling Fellow at the Whitehead Institute in Massachusetts, and 8 years at Imperial College, he moved to Oxford in 2002. He is a physician-scientist and human geneticist interested in the biological basis of complex disease. His research group is focused on the identification and characterisation of genetic variants influencing risk of type 2 diabetes and related traits, and on using those discoveries to drive biological inference and translational opportunities. He works closely with colleagues in Oxford and beyond to establish the mechanisms whereby T2D-risk variants influence islet function, and to explore the value of this information to drive clinical advances. He has played a major role in establishing and leading a number of the global initiatives in this field including the DIAGRAM, MAGIC, GIANT, EGG, GoT2D, ENGAGE, and T2D-GENES consortia. He has been a Senior Editor at eLife since 2015.

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    genetics
    metabolism
    genome wide association and resequencing studies
    systems biology
    human genetics and genomics
    multifactorial disease
    metabolic disease
    biomarkers
    Experimental organism
    human
    Competing interests statement
    Mark McCarthy has received funding from the UK Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation, the (UK) National Institute for Health Research, the (US) National Institutes of Health, the European Commission, the Foundation of the NIH, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and from the Innovative Medicines Initiative. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards (or equivalent advisory committees) for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Human Genetics), the H3A Bionet, and Genome Quebec. He is a member of the MRC Population and Systems Medicine Board and Cross Board Cohort Advisory Group. He has, via the IMI, received research funding, and/or has research collaborations with multiple pharma companies including Pfizer, Lilly, Sanofi-Aventis, NovoNordisk, and Boehringer Ingelheim.
  4. Diethard Tautz

    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

    Diethard Tautz is since 2006 Director of the Department for Evolutionary Genetics at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany. He did his PhD at the EMBL in Heidelberg, followed by postdoc phases on molecular evolution in Cambridge (UK) and on the molecular analysis of developmental processes in Drosophila at the MPI for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, where he joined the group of Herbert Jäckle. In 1991 he became Professor in the Department of Zoology in Munich and in 1998 he moved to a chair in "Evolutionary Genetics" at the Department of Genetics of the University of Cologne. In his research, he combined his interests in molecular evolution and developmental biology, and was one of the founders of the emerging Evo-Devo field. In parallel, he worked on questions of behavioral ecology and speciation mechanisms, based on his discovery of microsatellite-based DNA fingerprinting. His current interests center around studying the genetics of adaptations, using wild populations of the house mouse as a model system. He is also continuing his work on molecular evolution, with a special emphasis on the de novo evolution of genes. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for Development, Genes and Evolution, and was a co-founder of the open-access journal Frontiers in Zoology.

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    population genomics
    molecular evolution
    evolution of development
    comparative genomics
    adaptation
    behavioral ecology
    speciation
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    Competing interests statement
    Diethard Tautz is funded by the Max-Planck Society and the European Research Council. He currently serves as Senior Editor for Molecular Ecology and on the editorial board of Frontiers in Zoology, Development Genes and Evolution, and Briefings in Functional Genomics and Proteomics. He served on a number of Max-Planck committees and on the evaluation committees for academic institutions.
  5. Jessica Tyler

    Weill Cornell Medicine, United States

    Jessica Tyler was born in England in 1969. After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelors degree and the Hans Krebs Prize in Biochemistry, she performed her PhD studies at the MRC Virology Unit in Glasgow, Scotland. During her postdoctoral studies with Dr James Kadonaga at the University of California, San Diego, she identified the key chromatin assembly factors Anti-silencing Function 1 (Asf1) and characterized Chromatin Assembly Factor 1 (CAF-1) from Drosophila. In 2000, Dr Tyler started her first faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, USA. In the next 10 years, Dr Tyler revealed that chromatin assembly and disassembly not only regulates S phase events, but also gene expression and the DNA damage response. Dr Tyler was a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar and was awarded the Charlotte Friend Woman in Cancer Research Award for 2009 from the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). Having risen rapidly to the rank of full professor at the University of Colorado, Dr Tyler moved in 2010 to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Her recent work has extended to the broader influence of chromatin assembly on mitosis, aging and cancer. She is now in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, where she co-directs the Center for Cancer Epigenetics and holds the Edward Rotan Distinguished Professorship in Cancer Research. Her most proud achievement is being mother to 11 year-old triplets. In November 2015, she became a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    epigenetic regulation
    chromatin
    gene expression
    mitosis
    aging
    cancer
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
    Competing interests statement
    Previous funding has come from March of Dimes, Susan Komen, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, NIH, and CPRIT. Jessica Tyler serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Chromatin and Epigenetics.
  6. Detlef Weigel

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Detlef Weigel received his PhD in 1988 from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. After postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty of the Salk Institute in 1993. Since 2002, he has been director of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. His current research interests focus on natural genetic variation and evolutionary genomics of plants. Examples of recent important projects are the 1001 Genomes project for Arabidopsis thaliana, and the systematic dissection of deleterious epistasis between Arabidopsis strains due to autoimmunity. Among the awards he has received are the Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Otto Bayer Award. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Royal Society.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    natural variation
    epigenetics
    evolutionary genomics
    plant biology
    genomics
    evolutionary biology
    immunity
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
    Competing interests statement
    Detlef Weigel has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Foundation of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the German Ministry for Education and Research, the European Commission, the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization, and several US Federal agencies. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology and Genome Biology. He is Chair of EMBO Council, and is serving or has recently served on the Advisory Boards of the Epigenomics of Plants International Consortium, Bayer Crop Science, The Arabidopsis Information Resource, Flanders Institute of Biotechnology, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, and the Sainsbury Laboratory. He is a co-founder of Computomics and CeMet.
  7. Patricia Wittkopp

    University of Michigan, United States

    Patricia Wittkopp received a BS from the University of Michigan, a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. In 2005, she began a faculty position at the University of Michigan, where she is now an Arthur F Thurnau Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and LSA Honors Program. Her research investigates the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution, with an emphasis on the evolution of gene expression. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in this work. She was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow, and a recipient of a March of Dimes Starter Scholar Award.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    evolution and development
    gene expression
    regulatory networks
    allele-specific expression
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    S. cerevisiae
    Competing interests statement
    Patricia Wittkopp has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, March of Dimes, and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. She is currently an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution, and also serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Trends in Genetics.

Reviewing editors

  1. Asifa Akhtar

    Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    gene expression
    chromatin biology
    epigenetics
    transcription
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  2. Richard Amasino

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    plant development and epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
    brachypodium distachyon
  3. David Baulcombe

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    RNA silencing
    plant microbe interactions and signaling
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
  4. Benjamin J Blencowe

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    RNA processing
    epigenomics
    transcriptome analyses
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  5. Jean-Laurent Casanova

    The Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    Human genetics of infectious diseases
    primary immunodeficiencies
    Experimental organism
    human
  6. Tonu Esko

    University of Tartu, Estonia

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    complex diseases
    Experimental organism
    human
  7. Jonathan Flint

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    genetics
    genomics
    psychiatric disorders
  8. Thomas Gingeras

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    non-coding RNA
    genome organisation
    transcriptome analyses
    DNA sequencing methods
    computational biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
    human
    mouse
  9. David Ginsburg

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    genetics of global gene expression
    mouse models of human disease
    haematology
    Experimental organism
    human
  10. Erich D Jarvis

    Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    neural and genetic mechanisms of speech production
  11. Daniel J Kliebenstein

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-microbe interactions
    quantitative biology
    genome-wide association studies
    plant genomics
    ecological genomics
    fungal cell cycle and morphogenesis
    secondary metabolism
    plant-insect interactions
  12. Ruth Loos

    The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    genetic epidemiology
    obesity and cardiometabolic traits
  13. Andrew Morris

    University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    statistical genetics
    genetic epidemiology
    methodological development
    genome-wide association studies
    Experimental organism
    human
  14. Sacha B Nelson

    Brandeis University, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    genome-wide gene expression in the nervous system
    cellular and systems neurophysiology
    forebrain development and function
    synaptic plasticity
    Experimental organism
    other mammals
  15. Magnus Nordborg

    Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    adaptation
    population genetics
    statistical genetics
    molecular genetics
  16. Stephen Parker

    University of Michigan, United States

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

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary genomics
    long non-coding RNAs
    functional genomics
    transcriptomics
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    mouse
  18. Molly Przeworski

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolutionary biology
    recombination
    Experimental organism
    primates
  19. Margaret S Robinson

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    coated vesicles
    Experimental organism
    human
    mammalian cells
  20. Gary Stacey

    University of Missouri, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    plant development
    microbe development
    host-microbe interactions
    extracellular ATP
    peptide transport
    Experimental organism
    soybean
  21. Kevin Verstrepen

    VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, Belgium

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    genomics
    systems biology
    yeast genetics
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  22. Oliver Weichenrieder

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    retrotransposition
    regulatory mRNA
    x-ray crystallography
    structural biology
  23. 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
  24. Hao Yu

    National University of Singapore & Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    functional genomics
    plant reproductive development
    phytohormone signalling
    Experimental organism
    rice
    orchid
    arabidopsis thaliana
  25. Daniel Zilberman

    John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    chromatin biology
    epigenetics
    epigenomics
    evolution
    Experimental organism
    rice
    arabidopsis thaliana