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. Aleksandra Walczak

    Ecole Normale Superieure, France

    Aleksandra Walczak received her PhD in physics at UCSD working on models of stochastic gene expression. After a graduate fellowship at KITP, she was a Princeton Center for Theoretical Science Fellow, focusing on applying information theory to signal processing in small gene regulatory networks. Currently she is a CNRS researcher at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, interested in a variety of problems in the physics of living systems.

    She actively works on development, collective behavior of bird flocks and statistical descriptions of the immune system.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    systems biology
    gene regulatory networks
    immune system
    population genetics
    Competing interests statement
    Aleksandra Walczak is the recipient of a CNRS-Chicago Cooperation Grant, a FACCTS CNRS-Chicago Cooperation Grant, an IRN CNRS Predictability, Adaptability Evolution network collaboration grant, a CNRS-MIT Cooperation Grant, a q-Life Grant "The physics of repair and silencing foci?, an ERC Proof of Concept Grant "Automated evaluation and correction of generation bias in immune receptor repertoires", a DFG CRC "Predictability in evolution", an ERC International Training Network QuanTII grant, and an ERC Consolidator Grant "Statistical physics of immune-viral co-evolution”.

Reviewing editors

  1. Toby W Allen

    RMIT University, Australia

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Physics of Living Systems
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    computational biophysics
    molecular dynamics
    free-energy calculations
    ion channels
    ion permeation
    membranes
  2. Patricia Bassereau

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    membrane mechanics
    membrane trafficking
    endocytosis
    in vitro reconstituted membrane systems
    membrane curvature
    filopodia
    membrane organization
  3. Gordon Berman

    Emory University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Neuroscience
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    theorectical and computational biophysics
    animal behavior
    bio-locomotion
    computational neuroscience
    machine learning
    dimensionality reduction
    dynamical systems
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    mouse
    rat
    human
  4. Felix Campelo

    The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Cell Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    membrane mechanics
    membrane curvature
    intracellular trafficking
    membrane organization
    membrane contact sites
    Golgi complex
    endoplasmic reticulum exit sites
    super-resolution microscopy
    single-molecule microscopy
  5. Lucie Delemotte

    Science for Life Laboratory, Sweden

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    bioinformatics
    channelopathies
    computational biophysics
    free-energy calculations
    ion channels
    kinetic modeling
    molecular dynamics
    structure-function relationship
  6. Irene Giardina

    Università Sapienza, Italy

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    collective behavior in animal groups
    flocking
    swarming
    active living matter
    statistical physics of interacting biological systems
  7. Raymond E Goldstein

    University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    Biological physics
    fluid dynamics
    multicellularity
    developmental biology
    Experimental organism
    Chlamydomonas
    volvox
    choanoflagellates
    dinoflagellates
  8. Megan C King

    Yale School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    nuclear envelope
    nuclear lamins
    LINC complex
    nuclear mechanics
    DNA repair
    genome organisation
    Experimental organism
    mouse
  9. Michael Kozlov

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    modeling membrane shapes
    membrane curvature
    membrane fusion
    membrane fission
    membrane bending by proteins
  10. David M Kramer

    Michigan State University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Plant Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    photosynthesis
    bioenergetics
    electron and proton transfer
    plant biology
    phenotyping
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
  11. Sandeep Krishna

    National Centre for Biological Sciences­ ‐ Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    gene regulatory networks
    phage-bacteria interactions
    microbial communities
    multistability
    oscillations and synchronization
  12. Karsten Kruse

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    cell migration
    cell signalling
    theoretical biology
    molecular evolution
  13. Melike Lakadamyali

    University of Pennsylvania, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    super-resolution microscopy
    single molecule biophysics
    chromosome structure
    cytoskeleton
    motor proteins
    intracellular transport
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    mammalian cells
  14. Pascal Martin

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    active mechanical processes
    hair cells of the inner ear
    molecular motors and the cytoskeleton
    oscillations
    mechanosensitivity
    frequency selectivity
    in vitro reconstituted motor systems
    Experimental organism
    rat
    Xenopus
  15. Alphee Michelot

    Institut de Biologie du Développement, France

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    cytoskeleton
    actin
    yeast
    motility
    endocytosis
    cytokinesis
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  16. 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
    M. xanthus
  17. 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
  18. Armita Nourmohammad

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    population genetics
    computational immunology
    adaptive immunity
    statistical physics
    deep mutational scanning
    information theory
    statistical inference
    gene expression evolution
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    viruses
  19. Benjamin L Prosser

    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    cardiac function
    cytoskeleton
    microtubules
    muscle
    cardiomyocytes
    mechanotransduction
    sarcomere
  20. Agnese Seminara

    Université Côte d'Azur, France

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    biomechanics of bacterial biofilm growth
    violent discharge
    atmospheric dispersal of fungal spores
    computational navigation
    Experimental organism
    B. subtilis
    mouse
  21. Pierre Sens

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    physics of living matter
    physics and organization of cellular processes
  22. Jie Xiao

    Johns Hopkins University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    single molecule biophysics
    bacteria
    cell wall
    cell division
    gene regulation
    chromosome conformation
    Experimental organism
    B. subtilis
    E. coli
    human
  23. Ahmet Yildiz

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    dynein
    kinesin
    microtubules
    intraflagellar transport
    single molecule-biophysics
    shelterin
    telomeres
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    human
    S. cerevisiae