Editors for Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

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. Ian Baldwin

    Ian Baldwin

    Senior Editor

    Ian Baldwin studied biology and chemistry at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated 1981 with an AB. In 1989, he received a PhD in Chemical Ecology from Cornell University, in the Section of Neurobiology and Behavior. He was an Assistant (1989), Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1996) in the Department of Biology at SUNY Buffalo. In 1996 he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, where he now heads of the Department of Molecular Ecology. In 1999 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In 2002 he founded the International Max Planck Research School at the Max Planck Institute in Jena. Baldwin's scientific work is devoted to understanding the traits that allow plants to survive in the real world. To achieve this, he has developed a molecular toolbox for the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata (coyote tobacco) and a graduate program that trains “genome-enabled field biologists” to combine genomic and molecular genetic tools with field work to understand the genes that matter for plant-herbivore, -pollinator, -plant, -microbial interactions under real-world conditions. He has also been a driver behind the open-access publication efforts of the Max Planck Society.

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    plant biology
    evolution and ecology
    secondary metabolism
    organismic level gene function
  2. Mark McCarthy

    Mark McCarthy

    Senior Editor

    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
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    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
  3. Aviv Regev

    Aviv Regev

    Senior Editor

    Aviv Regev is a computational biologist who joined the Broad Institute as a core member and MIT as a faculty member in 2006. Her work investigates how complex molecular networks function and evolve in the face of genetic and environmental changes, over time-scales ranging from minutes to millions of years. Regev received her MSc from Tel Aviv University, studying biology, computer science, and mathematics in the Interdisciplinary Program for the Fostering of Excellence, where she undertook research in both theoretical and experimental biology. She received her PhD in computational biology from Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining the Broad Institute, Regev was a fellow at the Bauer Center for Genomics Research at Harvard University, where she developed new approaches to the reconstruction of regulatory networks and modules from genomic data. Regev is also an associate professor in the Department of Biology at MIT
and director of the Klarman Cell Observatory at the Broad. Regev is the Director of the Cell Circuits Program at the Broad and a lead principal investigator for the Center for Cell Circuits at the Broad Institute, a Center of Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS). Regev has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist since 2009, and was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator in 2013. She is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a Sloan fellowship from the Sloan Foundation, the Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology, and the Earl and Thressa Stadtman Scholar Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

    (Image Credit: Maria Nemchuk)

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    systems biology
    molecular networks
    computational biology
    single cell genomics
    regulatory networks
    systems immunology
    gene regulation
    evolution
  4. Diethard Tautz

    Senior Editor

    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
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    population genomics
    molecular evolution
    evolution of development
    comparative genomics
    adaptation
    behavioral ecology
    speciation
  5. Patricia Wittkopp

    Senior Editor

    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
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    evolution and development
    gene expression
    regulatory networks
    allele-specific expression

Reviewing editors

  1. Paul Rainey

    Massey University, New Zealand

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    adaptive radiation
    evolution of individuality
    evolutionary genetics
    ecological genetics
    emergence of infectious diseases
  2. Chris Ponting

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genomics
    long non-coding RNAs
    functional genomics
    transcriptomics
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    mouse
  3. 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
  4. Asifa Akhtar

    Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    gene expression
    chromatin biology
    epigenetics
    transcription
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  5. Richard Amasino

    University of Wisconsin, United States

    Expertise
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant development and epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
    brachypodium distachyon
  6. David Baulcombe

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    RNA silencing
    plant microbe interactions and signaling
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
  7. Carl T Bergstrom

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    game theory
    network science
    evolution
  8. Benjamin J Blencowe

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    RNA processing
    epigenomics
    transcriptome analyses
  9. Jörg Bohlmann

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    metabolism
    chemical ecology
    plant genomics
    Experimental organism
    plants
  10. Iain D Couzin

    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    bird flocks
    fish schools
    insect swarms
    consensus decision-making
    collective behavior
    evolution of migration
  11. Marcel Dicke

    Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    ecological entomology
    plant-insect interactions
  12. Michael Doebeli

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    evolution of diversity
    social insects
    ecology and evolution of microbial communities
  13. Jonathan Flint

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    genetics
    psychiatric disorders
  14. Thomas Gingeras

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, United States

    Expertise
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    noncoding RNA
    genome organisation
    transcriptome analyses
    DNA sequencing methods
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  15. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    plant defense
    plant-parasite interactions
    Experimental organism
    tomato
    insects
    mites
  16. Laurent Keller

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    ecology
    evolutionary genetics
    social insects
  17. Daniel J Kliebenstein

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    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
  18. David Lentink

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    comparative biomechanics of flight
    evolutionary biology
    bio-fluid dynamics
    bio-inspired design
    Experimental organism
    birds
    insects
    bats
    plant seeds (previously also fish)
  19. Andrei Lupas

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    origins and evolution of folded proteins
    coiled coils
    bioinformatics
    transmembrane signal tranduction
    bacterial surface proteins
  20. Gil McVean

    Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
    statistical genetics
  21. Andrew Morris

    University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    statistical genetics
    genetic epidemiology
    methodological development
    genome-wide association studies
  22. Richard A Neher

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolution of RNA viruses
    bioinformatics
  23. Sacha B Nelson

    Brandeis University, United States

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    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
  24. Magnus Nordborg

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

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    adaptation
    population genetics
    statistical genetics
    molecular genetics
  25. Nipam Patel

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution of developmental systems
  26. George H Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    human evolution
    primates
    paleogenomics
    evolutionary and ecological genomics
  27. Molly Przeworski

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolutionary biology
    recombination
    Experimental organism
    primates
  28. Margaret S Robinson

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    coated vesicles
    Experimental organism
    human
    mammalian cells
  29. Antonis Rokas

    Vanderbilt University, United States

    Expertise
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    phylogenomics
    genome evolution in fungi and animals
    evolution of fungal secondary/specialized metabolic pathways
    evolution of mammalian pregnancy
    Experimental organism
    fungi
  30. Ben Sheldon

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    behavioural ecology
    social ecology
    ecological genetics
  31. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution of cooperation and multi-level selection
    microbial ecology and evolution
    quantitative experimental biology
    theoretical biology
  32. Oliver Weichenrieder

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    retrotransposition
    regulatory mRNA
    x-ray crystallography
    structural biology
  33. 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
  34. Hao Yu

    National University of Singapore & Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore

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

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    chromatin biology
    epigenetics
    epigenomics
    evolution
    Experimental organism
    rice
    arabidopsis thaliana