Editors for Physics of Living Systems

We aim to publish studies in which experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches, rooted in the physical sciences, are developed and/or applied to provide deep insights into the collective properties and function of multicomponent biological systems and processes. We also welcome descriptions of methods that could enable the interrogation of classes of biological systems in new ways, as well as interdisciplinary studies that bring together scientists and approaches from the physical and life sciences. 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. Arup K Chakraborty

    Arup K Chakraborty

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

    Arup K Chakraborty is the Robert T Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Engineering at MIT. He is the founding Director of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. He is also a founding steering committee member of the Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH, and Harvard, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. After obtaining his PhD in chemical engineering and postdoctoral studies, he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in December 1988. He rose through the ranks, and ultimately served as the Warren and Katherine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Biophysics at Berkeley. He was also Head of Theoretical and Computational Biology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In September 2005, Chakraborty moved to MIT.

    His entire career has been focused on research at the intersection of disciplines. After an early career in engineering of polymers and catalysts, since 2000 Chakraborty’s work has focused on bringing together immunology and the physical and engineering sciences; more specifically, the intersection of statistical mechanics and immunology. His interests span T-cell signaling, T-cell development and repertoire, and a mechanistic understanding of HIV evolution, antibody evolution, and vaccine design. Chakraborty’s work at the intersection of disciplines has been recognized by numerous honors, including the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the EO Lawrence Medal for Life Sciences from the US DOE, the Allan P Colburn and Professional Progress awards from the AIChE, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, and a National Young investigator award. Chakraborty was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering for completely different bodies of work. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine, making him one of 21 individuals who are members of all three branches of the US National Academies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and serves on the US Defense Science Board. Chakraborty has received four teaching awards at Berkeley and MIT.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Physics of Living Systems
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    computational biology
    immunology
    statistical mechanics
    signaling
    virology
    protein evolution
    Competing interests statement
    Arup Chakraborty is funded by the NIH and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.

Reviewing editors

  1. Patricia Bassereau

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    membrane biophysics
    intracellular trafficking
    membrane shaping mechanisms
    biomimetic membrane systems
  2. Raymond E Goldstein

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    active matter
    multicellularity
    biomechanics
    biological fluid dynamics
    cytoskeleton
    flagella
    Experimental organism
    Chlamydomonas
    Volvox
    Chara
    choanoflagellates
  3. Tony Hyman

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    cell division
    cytokinesis
    cell polarity
    organelles
    Experimental organism
    C. elegans
  4. Frank Jülicher

    Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    active cellular processes
    physics of the cytoskeleton and motor proteins
    physics of cell division
    tissues and developmental processes
    ear and hearing
  5. Tam Mignot

    Aix-Marseille University, France

    Expertise
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    signal transduction
    motility
    bacterial development
    bacterial cell biology
    Experimental organism
    myxococcus xanthus
  6. Richard A Neher

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolution of RNA viruses
    bioinformatics
  7. Aleksandra Walczak

    Ecole normale superieure, France

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    systems biology
    gene regulatory networks
    immune system
    population genetics
    Experimental organism
    zebrafish