Editors for Human Biology and Medicine

We aim to publish studies that use diverse methodologies to robustly define pathogenic mechanisms and/or creatively leverage such information to conceive of, rigorously test, and/or most effectively implement treatment strategies with broad relevance to human health and disease. Our interests include epidemiological and natural history studies, disease modeling, and randomized clinical trials that have the strong potential to impact public health or to address unmet patient needs in areas that include, but are not limited to, cancer, cardiovascular medicine and infectious or orphan diseases. We also welcome studies in all areas of human genetics that explore traits of broad relevance to health and disease. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Harry Dietz

    Harry Dietz

    HHMI, 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.
  2. Eduardo Franco

    McGill University, Canada

    Eduardo Franco is Professor and Chairman, Department of Oncology, and Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology, McGill University, Montreal. He holds BSc (1975) and Licentiate (1976) degrees in biology from Universidade de Campinas, Brazil, and master's (MPH) and doctoral (DrPH) degrees in public health microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1981-84). He was a Guest Researcher at the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (1980-81 and 1983-84), and a post-doctoral fellow in cancer epidemiology during 1984 at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, at the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, and at Louisiana State University, in New Orleans. Since 1985, he has conducted epidemiologic research on the causes of cancer and on the means to prevent it or to improve patient survival. He is mostly known for his contributions to our understanding of human papillomavirus infection as the cause of cervical cancer and using this knowledge to prevent this cancer via vaccination and improved screening strategies. He received the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance’s Distinguished Service to Cancer Research Award, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and from the International Papillomavirus Society, the Women in US Government’s Leadership Award, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Warwick Prize, the Geoffrey Howe Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the University of British Columbia’s Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research, and the McLaughlin-Gallie Award from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He has mentored 115 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and 30 undergraduate trainees. He is Officer of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Heholds an honorary doctorate from Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal.

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    molecular epidemiology and prevention of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus-associated diseases
    cancers of the upper aero-digestive tract
    prostate, endometrium, and childhood tumours
    efficacy of cancer screening strategies
    the impact of measurement error in epidemiology
    societal and clinical influences on cancer patient survival
    Competing interests statement
    Entire research program funded by the Medical Research Council of Canada (until 1999), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (1999-present), National Institutes of Health, Canadian Cancer Society, and Cancer Research Society. He has received salary awards from the Fonds de Recherche Quebec Santé and CIHR. He holds a James McGill Professorship and the Minda de Gunzburg Endowed Chair at McGill University. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for Preventive Medicine and Preventive Medicine Reports and serves on the editorial boards of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, International Journal of Cancer, Papillomavirus Research, and Salud Publica de Mexico. He has served as occasional consultant to companies involved with HPV vaccination (Merck and GSK) and HPV diagnostics (Roche, Abbott, Qiagen, and BD).
  3. Wendy S Garrett

    Wendy S Garrett

    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States

    Wendy Garrett is a Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, co-Director of the Harvard Chan Center for the Microbiome in Public Health, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute. Her work explores host-microbiota interactions underlying mucosal immune homeostasis, gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders, and cancer. She graduated from the Yale College; received her MD PhD from Yale University and completed post-graduate training at Harvard.

    Expertise
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    host-microbiota interactions
    microbiome
    mucosal immunology
    Competing interests statement
    Wendy Garrett serves on advisory boards of Evelo Biosciences, Kintai Therapeutics, and Leap Therapeutics. She is a member of the Cell Reports and Journal of Clinical Microbiology editorial boards.
  4. Clifford Rosen

    Maine Medical Center Research Institute, United States

    Dr Clifford Rosen is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Principal Investigator for the Rosen Musculoskeletal Laboratory at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). He is a board-certified endocrinologist with more than twenty-five years of continuous NIH funding, first at The Jackson Laboratory and subsequently at MMCRI. In the last ten years the Rosen laboratory has been studying mesenchymal stem cell fate with particular reference to the switch between pre-adipocytes and pre-osteoblasts, and with a focus on the bioenergetic programs of those progenitors. There are currently four NIH funded projects in his laboratory, focused on a central theme of lineage allocation, its biochemical determinants and its alterations in osteoporosis. An R24 program project on the biology of marrow adiposity is now finishing in its seventh year at NIDDK, and Dr. Rosen is the contact PI for that four-center interdisciplinary program. There are three other NIH funded research projects for which Dr Rosen serves as the PI: an R01 from NIDDK in collaboration with Roland Baron at Harvard Medical Dental School that examines the role of the PTH1R in cell fate, an RO1 from NIAMS studying mechanical strength in outbred strains of mice and an R21 (NIAMS) to delineate the impact of anabolic therapy on marrow adipogenesis. A U19 Program Project from NIA has recently been awarded to Dr Rosen and Zaidi on the effects of FSH as an aging hormone. Dr Rosen is also the Director of the Physiology Core of the MMCRI Stem Cell COBRE and the newly-funded COBRE in Mesenchymal and Neural Regulation of Metabolic Networks (NIGMS). The Rosen laboratory has also been interested in mitochondrial function in osteoblasts with an R21 on control of osteogenic bioenergetics that was recently completed. He also serves as the Principal Investigator for a NIGMS sponsored U54: The Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    skeletal biology
    bone disease
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    Competing interests statement
    Dr Rosen is the past president of ASBMR and is a council member for the Endocrine Society. He is an Associate Editor at New England Journal of Medicine. Dr Rosen is a member of the NIH Advisory (NACA) Council.
  5. Huda Zoghbi

    Huda Zoghbi

    Texas Children's Hospital, United States

    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
    Experimental organism
    human
    Competing interests statement
    Huda Zoghbi is actively receiving funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, International Rett syndrome Foundation (and she is a member of advisory panels for all 4 organizations), Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is Associate Editor of Annual Reviews of Neuroscience and a member of the editorial team of Cell and Neuron. She is Vice-Chair of the McKnight Neuroscience Fund and a member of the following Scientific Advisory Panels: the Jane Coffin Childs Fund, Gruber Genetics Prize Jury, Janssen Prize Jury, Lasker Jury, and Vilcek Prize Jury. She was an elected member at large of the 2015 Class Membership Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.

Reviewing editors

  1. Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell

    University of Colorado, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    bone biology
    genetics
    musculoskeletal
    aging
  2. Matthias Barton

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cardiovascular medicine
  3. Annelien Bredenoord

    University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    medical ethics
    bioethics
    ethics
    genome editing
    technologies
    innovation
    biobanking
    stem cells
    big data
    DNA sequencing
  4. Howard Y Chang

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    cancer
    immunotherapy
    RNA
    genomics
    epigenomics
    dermatology
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  5. Christine Clayton

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

    Expertise
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    trypanosomes
    mRNA degradation
    RNA-binding proteins
  6. 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
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  7. Ralph J DeBerardinis

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    metabolism
    cancer
    genetics
    medicine
    pediatrics
    genomics
    mitochondria
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  8. Anna Mae Diehl

    Duke University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    gastroenterology
    hepatology
  9. Ana Domingos

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    metabolism
    obesity
    neuroimmunity
    autonomic nervous system
    eating behaviour
    inflammation
  10. Joaquin Espinosa

    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer biology
    apoptosis
    p53
    tumor suppressors
    trisomy 21
    Down syndrome
    gene expression
    chromatin
  11. Jonathan Flint

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    genetics
    genomics
    psychiatric disorders
  12. Christine M Friedenreich

    University of Calgary, Canada

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    cancer epidemiology
    cancer etiology
    cancer prevention
    physical activity
    obesity
    diet
    biologic mechanisms
  13. Elaine Fuchs

    Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    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
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  14. Gregory G Germino

    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    nephrology
    genetic renal disease
    polycystic kidney disease
    ciliopathies
  15. David Ginsburg

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    hemostasis
    thrombosis
    human genetics
    mouse genetics
    endothelial cells
    cargo receptor
    secretion
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    zebrafish
  16. Joseph G Gleeson

    The Rockefeller University, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    neurodevelopmental disease
    brain development
    neurogenetics
    autism
    epilepsy
    intellectual disability
    organoid
    stem cells
    genomics
    bioinformatics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  17. Michael R Green

    University of Massachusetts Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    transcription
    pre-mRNA splicing
    cancer molecular biology
    oncology
    genetics
    functional genomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    S. cerevisiae
  18. William C Hahn

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer
    transformation
    functional genomics
    RAS
    YAP1
    Experimental organism
    human
  19. Diane M Harper

    University of Michigan, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    women's health
    HPV associated diseases
    cancer screening
    vaginal microbiome
    physician burnout
    medical education
  20. Matthew G. Vander Heiden

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cancer biology
    biochemistry
    metabolism
    tumor microenvironment
    redox biology
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    human
  21. Argye E Hillis

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    stroke recovery
    aphasia
    functional imaging
    transcranial direct current stimulation
  22. Edward D Janus

    University of Melbourne, Australia

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cardiovascular disease
    diabetes
    prevention
    chronic diseases
    clinical guidelines
  23. Prabhat Jha

    Saint Michael's Hospital, Canada

    Expertise
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    epidemiology
    global health
    infectious disease and population dynamics
    randomized controlled trials
  24. Eunjoon Kim

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    synapse adhesion and synapse development
    synaptic transmission and plasticity
    neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders
    autism spectrum disorders
    intellectual disability
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    rat
  25. Dan Larhammar

    Uppsala University, Sweden

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Evolutionary Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR)
    neuropeptides
    endocrine peptides
    hypothalamus
    phototransduction
    ligand-gated ion channels
    Experimental organism
    human
    zebrafish
  26. 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
    prediction
    gene discovery
    precision medicine
    Experimental organism
    human
  27. Kay F Macleod

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    autophagy
    mitochondria
    stress responses
    tumor progression and metastasis
    tumor stem cells
    hepatic steatosis and hepatocellular carcinoma
    breast cancer
    pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
  28. Arduino A Mangoni

    Flinders Medical Centre, Australia

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    clinical pharmacology
    drug safety in old age
    drug repurposing
    drug discovery
    metabolomics
    biomarkers
    cardiovascular pharmacology
    patient-centred outcomes
  29. 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
  30. Jean-Pierre Michel

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    aging
    geriatric medicine
    public health
    nutrition
    vaccines
  31. Zsolt Molnár

    CytoSorbents Europe GmbH, Germany
    University of Pécs, Hungary

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    sepsis
    septic shock
    hemodynamic monitoring
    fluid therapy
    extracorporeal cytokine removal
  32. Ole Haagen Nielsen

    Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    gastroenterology
    hepatology
    inflammatory bowel disease
    internal medicine
  33. Duojia Pan

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    growth control
    tumor suppressors
    oncogenes
    Hippo signaling
    transcription
    regeneration
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    mouse
  34. Milica Radisic

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    tissue engineering
    biomaterials
    organ-on-a-chip engineering
    myocardium
    vasculature
    Experimental organism
    human
  35. Peter Ratcliffe

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    hypoxia
    signaling
    hypoxia inducible factor
    prolyl hydroxylase
    oxygenase
    cysteine dioxygenase
    von Hippel-Landau
    N-degron
  36. Antony Rosen

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    autoimmunity
    autoimmune disease
    rheumatic
    autoantibodies
    granzyme
  37. Jody Rosenblatt

    King's College London, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Cancer Biology
    Research focus
    apoptosis
    mitosis
    cell extrusion
    epithelial
    homeostasis
    morphogenesis
    cancer cell biology
  38. Charles Sawyers

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    oncology and translational medicine
    oncology
    translational medicine
    Experimental organism
    human
  39. Dolores Shoback

    University of California, San Francisco, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    endocrinology
    metabolism
    metabolic bone disease
    calcium sensing receptor
    parathyroid hormone
    Experimental organism
    human
  40. Lois Smith

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    age-related macular degeneration
    diabetic eye disease
    retinopathy
    ocular disease
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  41. Margaret Stanley

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Research focus
    vaccines
    cervix cancer
    cervix precancer
    keratinocyte biology
    human papillomavirus
    DNA viruses
    vaccine immunology
    Experimental organism
    human
  42. Peter Tontonoz

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    lipid metabolism
    cholesterol
    nuclear receptors
    adipocytes
    obesity
    atherosclerosis
    diabetes
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  43. 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
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  44. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    cardiac and bone regeneration
    tissue engineering
    in vitro models of development and disease
    biophysical regulation of stem cells
    Experimental organism
    human
  45. Gene W Yeo

    University of California, San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Cell Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Neuroscience
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Research focus
    RNA biology
    computational biology
    CRISPR
    neurodegeneration
    single cell biology
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  46. Mone Zaidi

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    osteoporosis
    obesity
    bone mass
    metabolism
    adipose tissue
    endocrine physiology
    pituitary hormones
    FSH
  47. Hao Zhu

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    mechanisms of tissue repair and organ regeneration
    liver cancer
    hepatocellular carcinoma
    epigenetics
    polyploidy
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  48. Wilbert Zwart

    Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Cancer Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Research focus
    breast cancer
    prostate cancer
    hormonal regulation
    epigenetics
    transcription factors
    genomic profiling
    Experimental organism
    human