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. Harry Dietz

    Harry Dietz

    Senior Editor

    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
    Research focus
    human genetics
    extracellular matrix
    connective tissue disorders
    genetics of cardiovascular disease
  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. 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
  4. Charles Sawyers

    Charles Sawyers

    Senior Editor

    Charles Sawyers is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Director of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His studies of BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase function in chronic myeloid leukemia, in collaboration with Brian Druker and Novartis, led to the development of the kinase inhibitor imatinib as primary therapy for CML. This was followed by his discovery that BCR-ABL kinase domain mutations confer imatinib resistance, and development of the second generation Abl kinase inhibitor dasatinib, in collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb. Sawyers' current work in prostate cancer resulted in the novel antiandrogen enzalutamide (MDV3100), discovered in collaboration with University of California, Los Angeles chemist Michael Jung, which received FDA approval in 2012. Sawyers is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and co-recipient of the 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    oncology and translational medicine
    oncology
    translational medicine
  5. Gary Westbrook

    Senior Editor

    Gary Westbrook is a Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Vollum Institute and Rocky and Julie Dixon Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr Westbrook is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroscience. He has received Javits and Merit awards from NIH for his research as well as an International Cooperation Award from the Max Planck Society. Dr Westbrook received his medical training and did graduate study in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Neurology, and basic neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Earlier work in his lab was mostly directed at the level of receptors, particularly N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and the function of single synapses. The emphasis has now largely shifted to studies of small networks (microcircuits) in the hippocampus and olfactory system. Dr Westbrook maintains interests in clinical neurology, particularly epilepsy, as well as graduate research training – he currently serves as the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Vollum/OHSU.

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    clinical neurology
    synaptic transmission
    olfactory system
    hippocampus
    neuroscience
    brain microcircuits
    neurological diseases
  6. Huda Zoghbi

    Huda Zoghbi

    Senior Editor

    Huda Zoghbi is Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. She is also an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on understanding normal brain development and on elucidating the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders including the autism spectrum disorder, Rett syndrome, and late-onset neurodegenerative diseases.

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    animal models of human disease and behavioural sciences
    neurodegenerative disorders
    polyglutamine disorders
    autism
    synaptic disorders
    neurogenetics

Reviewing editors

  1. Matthew G. Vander Heiden

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer metabolism
    cell metabolism
    metabolic biochemistry
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  2. Christine Clayton

    Zentrum fuer Molekulare Biologie der Universitaet Heidelberg (ZMBH), Germany

    Expertise
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    trypanosomes
    mRNA degradation
    RNA-binding proteins
  3. Stephen Parker

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    diabetes
    disease susceptibility
    functional genomics
    comparative genomics
    population genomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    rat
  4. A. Thomas Look

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    neuroblastoma
    acute leukemia
    hematopoietic malignancies
    cancer genetics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    zebrafish
  5. Ian Tannock

    Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Canada

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    clinical trials
    tumour microenvironment
    cancer therapy
    clinical resistance to drugs
    Experimental organism
    human
  6. Jody Rosenblatt

    University of Utah, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Cancer Biology
    Research focus
    apoptosis
    mitosis
    cell extrusion
    epithelial
    homeostasis
    morphogenesis
    cancer cell biology
  7. Kari Alitalo

    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer biology
    oncogenes
    angiogenesis
    vascular biology
  8. 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
  9. Michael Czech

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    insulin
    metabolism
    lipid-protein interactions
    signal transduction
    membranes
    adipose
    obesity
    insulin resistance
    diabetes
  10. Ralph J DeBerardinis

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer
    metabolism
    medicine
    genetics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  11. Tonu Esko

    University of Tartu, Estonia

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    complex diseases
    Experimental organism
    human
  12. Joaquin Espinosa

    University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    apoptosis
    p53
    tumor suppressors
    cancer biology
  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. 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
  15. 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
  16. David Ginsburg

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    genetics of global gene expression
    mouse models of human disease
    haematology
  17. Joseph G Gleeson

    The Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurodevelopmental disease
    brain development
  18. Michael R Green

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Genes and Chromosomes
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    RNA splicing
    cancer molecular biology
  19. Helen Hobbs

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    lipid metabolism
    cholesterol
    human genetics
    atherosclerosis
  20. Eunjoon Kim

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    neurodevelopmental disorders
    synapse development and plasticity
    synaptic transmission
  21. 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
  22. Jamey Marth

    University of California, Santa Barbara, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    glycobiology
    protein glycosylation
    cell biology of disease
  23. Joan Massagué

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    signaling
    cell fate
    tumor heterogeneity
    metastasis
    Experimental organism
    human tissue
  24. 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
  25. Duojia Pan

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    signal transduction
    growth control
    cancer biology
    Experimental organism
    Drosophila
  26. Suzanne R Pfeffer

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    membrane traffic
    endosomes
    lysosomes
    golgi complex
    secretory pathway
  27. Clifford Rosen

    Maine Medical Center Research Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    skeletal biology
    bone disease
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  28. Dominique Soldati-Favre

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    host-parasite interactions
    apicomplexa biology
    motility
    Experimental organism
    toxoplasma gondii
    plasmodium
  29. Peter Tontonoz

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    nuclear receptors
    lipid metabolism
    obesity/diabetes
    atherosclerosis
  30. Jos WM van der Meer

    Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    infectious disease and host defense
    innate immunity
    trained immunity
    immunodeficiency
    autoinflammatory diseases
    chronic fatigue syndrome
  31. 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
  32. Stephen G Young

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    atherosclerosis
    lipoproteins
    nuclear lamins
    triglyceride metabolism
    cholesterol metabolism