Mart Krupovic is a research scientist in the Department of Microbiology at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. He obtained his Ph.D. in general microbiology under the supervision of Dennis Bamford at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include the origin and evolution of viruses, virus–host interactions in bacteria and archaea, and the impact of mobile genetic elements on the evolution of cellular genomes. His ultimate goal is to unravel the full dimensions and architecture of the genetic network that encompasses viruses, plasmids, transposons and all other types of mobile elements. He is Associate Editor of Virus Evolution, a recently launched peer-reviewed journal, and a member of the editorial board for Biology Direct.
Eugene V. Koonin is the leader of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He received a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Moscow State University, Russia, in 1983 and has been a senior investigator at the NCBI since 1996. In his research, he addresses a broad range of problems in evolutionary genomics, in particular the evolution of archaea, bacteria and viruses, horizontal gene transfer and parasite–host co-evolution. He also strives to develop general conceptual and mathematical models of the evolutionary process. He is the author of The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution (2011) and an editor-in-chief of Biology Direct, an open-access and open-peer-review journal. Eugene V. Koonin's laboratory homepage