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.

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. 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
  3. Stephanie Fraley

    University of California San Diego, United States

    Expertise
    Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    cell-ECM interactions
    biomaterials
    cell migration
  4. 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
    B. subtilis
    E. coli
  5. 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
  6. 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
    biophysics of hearing
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Pierre Sens

    Institut Curie, France

    Expertise
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    physics of living matter
    physics and organization of cellular processes
  10. 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