Editorial Board

Our Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. Our Editorial Board Members handle manuscripts within their areas of expertise, overseeing all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Interested in joining the editorial board?

We will be expanding our editorial board as the journal grows. If you are interested in becoming an Editorial Board Member for Communications Biology, please complete this Google form. If you are unable to use Google forms, you may contact us with your CV and/or link to your lab webpage, the subject areas you would like to cover for the journal, and a brief statement about why you are interested in an editorial board member position.

Editorial Board Members

Biophysics & Structural Biology


Cellular Biology

Genetics, Ecology & Evolution

Metabolism & Physiology

Microbiology & Immunology


Plant Sciences

Krishnananda Chattopadhyay orcid.org/0000-0002-1449-8909
Research areas: Biophysics, structural biology, fluorescence spectroscopy

Dr. Krishnananda Chattopadhyay is the Head of the Structural Biology and Bioinformatics Division at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata, India. He is also a Professor of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research. His group works on protein folding and aggregation and their implications in neurodegenerative diseases, using a variety of computational, biochemical, biophysical and analytical techniques. He is particularly interested in developing applications of single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy to monitor the early and unexplored events of protein aggregation. Krish obtained his PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. During his post-doctoral studies with Professor Carl Frieden and in close collaboration with Professor Elliot Elson at the Washington University School of Medicine, he studied the conformational dynamics of the unfolded states of a protein under single molecule resolution using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). Before joining IICB, he worked as a Senior Scientist in the Product Development group at Pfizer Global Biologics, Saint Louis. He is the recipient of Royal Society of Chemistry and IUSTF fellowship awards.
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Marco Fritzsche orcid.org/0000-0002-8712-7471
Research areas: Immunology, mechanobiology, biophysics, microscopy

Dr. Marco Fritzsche leads the Biophysical Immunology group within the Human Immunology Unit at the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine and at the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology at the University of Oxford, UK. The BPI lab develops and employs novel custom-designed technology at the interface of biophysics and immunology to investigate the impact of mechanobiology in health and disease. Dr. Fritzsche holds a MSc in theoretical physics, and conducted his PhD in experimental biophysics and cell-biology at the London Centre for Nanotechnology at the University College London, UK. He performed his Postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford in close collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm, USA.
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Ingrid Span orcid.org/0000-0002-2892-4825 
Research areas: Structural biology, metalloenzymes

Dr. Ingrid Span received her PhD from Technical University Munich, where she received the Emil Erlenmeyer Medal for outstanding achievements, and carried out her postdoctoral work at Northwestern University in the US. Dr. Span is a recipient of the Liebig fellowship of the Foundation of Chemical Industry and has received research fellowship and return grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG). She has been an independent researcher at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf since 2014 and currently holds the title of Junior Professor. Dr. Span’s group investigates the structure and function of metalloproteases and the synthesis and characterization of artificial metalloenzymes.
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Bishoy Faltas orcid.org/0000-0002-6432-1693
Research areas: Cancer, genomics, cytidine deaminases

Dr. Bishoy Faltas is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a medical oncologist at Weill-Cornell Medicine. His laboratory studies bladder cancer as a model disease for dissecting the fundamental biological mechanisms that drive the evolution of human cancers. He has a special interest in investigating the role of the APOBEC3 mutagenic enzymes in editing the genome of cancer cells. Dr. Faltas completed his Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Mark A. Rubin. During this time, he led studies of the clonal evolution of chemotherapy-resistant bladder cancer. Dr. Faltas is the recipient of several research awards, the NIH/NCATS CTSC KL2 Scholar grant, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research NextGen Star and the Department of Defense Career Development Award.
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Georgios Giamas orcid.org/0000-0002-4417-2707
Research areas: Cancer, cell signaling, proteomics

Professor Georgios Giamas obtained his Biology degree (BSc) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. He then undertook his Doctoral degree (PhD - Magna Cum Laude) at the University of Ulm (Germany). Following postdoctoral work at the University of Ulm, he moved to Imperial College London at 2007, working as a Research Associate in the Division of Surgery and Cancer. In 2011 he was awarded Imperial College's prestigious Junior Research Fellowship. In 2012 he was awarded a NIHR Senior Research Fellowship and was appointed as a Research Team Leader. In July 2015, he became an Associate Professor (Reader) in Cell Signalling at University of Sussex while holding an honorary contract (Visiting Reader) with Imperial College. Since May 2018, he is a Professor at the department of Biochemistry and Biomedicine at University of Sussex. Since 2019, he is the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the School of Life Sciences at the University or Sussex.
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Katie Davis orcid.org/0000-0002-9235-7853
Research areas: Paleobiology, macroecology & evolution

Dr Katie Davis is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York (UK). She is a numerical evolutionary palaeobiologist and her research operates at the interface of Earth and Life Sciences. She is particularly interested in the effects of past climate change on life on Earth and how we can use the geological record to understand, and predict, the effects of present day climate change on the biota. She obtained her BSc in Geology from the University of Edinburgh, followed by a MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol. She completed her PhD in phylogenetics and evolutionary biology at the University of Glasgow. After a four year career break she returned to academia as a Research Associate at the University of Bath working on arthropod phylogeny and macroevolution. She joined the University of York in 2016.
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Linn Hoffmann orcid.org/0000-0003-0242-4686 
Research areas: Marine phytoplankton eco-physiology, ocean acidification, trace metals

Dr. Linn Hoffmann is a Lecturer for Marine Botany at the University of Otago New Zealand. Dr. Hoffmann completed her PhD in marine biogeochemistry at the University of Kiel (Germany). After postdoctoral stays in Gothenburg (Sweden) and Dunedin (New Zealand) she became the head of an Emmy Noether Young investigator group in Kiel (Germany) in 2013. In 2014 she became a Lecturer at the University of Otago, New Zealand. In the same year Linn was awarded the Feodor Lynen Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Linn’s work concentrates on the implications of environmental stressors on marine phytoplankton ecology and physiology. She has a special interest in the effects of ocean acidification and trace metal release from volcanic eruptions on marine phytoplankton communities.

Wei Li orcid.org/0000-0002-8152-4062
Research areas: Genetics, epigenetics, sensory neuroscience

Dr. Wei Li joined the faculty of the School of Life Sciences and Technology at Tongji Univeristy in 2012. She received her Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining Tongji University, Dr. Li completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Li lab combines the genetic model organism C. elegans and mammalian systems to study the mechanisms of memory and pain, and uses a multidisciplinary approach of molecular genetics, functional imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics and behavioral analysis.
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Quan-Xing Liu orcid.org/0000-0002-8602-0154
Research areas: Theoretical ecology, behavioral self-organization, marine ecology

Dr. Quan-Xing is a Professor in the school of ecological and environmental sciences at East China Normal University, where he leads the self-organized behaviors of microorganisms and ecosystems group. After receiving his PhD in Theoretical Ecology from the University of Groningen (NL), he moved to the University of Amsterdam for him postdoctoral training in phytoplankton ecology at IBED. In 2015, he joined the Faculty at East China Normal University. Quan-Xing is interested in the emergent behaviors of the microorganisms and ecosystems that are driven out of equilibrium by an external drive, internal activity or local interactions. He use theoretical models to investigate the dynamics behaviors of the ecological and biological systems, from mesoscopic matter to microalga suspensions, and from the individual organisms to population/ecosystem levels patterns.
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Luciano Matzkin orcid.org/0000-0002-3580-9171
Research areas: Evolutionary biology, genetics/genomics of adaptation and speciation

Dr. Luciano Matzkin is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology, BIO5 Institute and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Matzkin received his PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. He was a PERT Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and then became a Research Scientist in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California San Diego. Prior to moving back to Arizona, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His work has focused on understanding the genetic/genomic basis of adaptation as well as investigating the evolution of reproductive incompatibilities. His research group takes a multifaceted approach examining patterns of variation at the gene, genome, organismal, life history and behavioral level as well as performing manipulative experiments utilizing a number of cactophilic Drosophila species.
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Ngan Huang orcid.org/0000-0003-2298-6790 
Research areas: Biomedical engineering, cardiovascular & musculoskeletal diseases, stem cells

Dr. Ngan F. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University and Principal Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Huang completed her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a PhD in bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley & University of California San Francisco Joint Program in Bioengineering. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University. Her laboratory investigates the interactions between stem cells and extracellular matrix microenvironment for engineering cardiovascular tissues to treat cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Huang has authored over 60 publications and patents, including reports in Nature Medicine, PNAS, and Nano Letters. She has received numerous honors, including a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award, Fellow of the American Heart Association, a Young Investigator award from the Society for Vascular Medicine, a Young Investigator Award from the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas, and a Rising Star award at the Cell & Molecular Bioengineering conference. Her research is funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and Department of Veteran Affairs.
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Loredana Quadro orcid.org/0000-0002-2811-9594
Research areas: Mammalian nutrients metabolism, fat-soluble vitamins, chronic diseases

Dr. Loredana Quadro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers University (United States). After receiving her PhD in biotechnology from the University of Naples (Italy), she moved to the US for her postdoctoral training in nutritional biochemistry at Columbia University. In 2005, she joined the Faculty at Rutgers University. Dr. Quadro studies the mechanisms that regulate the maternal-fetal metabolism of essential micronutrients, such as vitamin A and its carotenoid precursor β-carotene, and their influence on mother and child health from a molecular, biochemical, and physiological perspective. She is ultimately interested in understanding how the nutritional status of a pregnant woman impacts the development and growth of her fetus, which can in turn influence the onset of chronic diseases later in childhood and adult life.
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Si Ming Man orcid.org/0000-0002-5079-2857 
Research areas: Microbiology, innate immunity, chronic disease

Dr. Si Ming Man received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, for his work on inflammasomes in the host defence against Salmonella infection. He conducted his postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, where he investigated the role of inflammasome signalling in the host response to infection and cancer. Currently, he is a Group Leader at the Australian National University, Australia, where his laboratory focuses on innate immunity in the host defence against infectious diseases and the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.
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Meritxell Riquelme orcid.org/0000-0002-2580-326X
Research areas: mycology, fungal ecology, microscopy

Dr. Meritxell Riquelme is head of the Department of Microbiology at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) in Baja California, Mexico, where she has been on the faculty since 2004. After graduating in Biology from the University of Barcelona, in Spain, she received a MSc degree in Plant Pathology and a PhD in Microbiology at the University of California, Riverside. She then moved to the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, as a postdoctoral fellow to study the receptor and pheromone mating type genes of Coprinopsis cinerea. Dr. Riquelme combines advanced life microscopy techniques and molecular biology to study secretory routes of vesicles involved in the polar growth of hyphae of Neurospora crassa. She also studies the ecological distribution of Coccidioides, the fungus that causes Valley Fever, in semi-arid regions of Baja California. More recently she has explored the fungal diversity of deep-sea sediments of the Gulf of Mexico. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. In 2018 she received the B. O. Dodge award for her contributions to the Neurospora research community.
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Tiago Dantas orcid.org/0000-0002-0120-4895
Research areas: Neurobiology, microtubule cytoskeleton-associated processes, ciliogenesis

Dr. Tiago Dantas is an Assistant Investigator at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S), in Porto, Portugal. Dr. Dantas's team focuses on the poorly characterized form of cytoplasmic Dynein, known as Dynein-2, which is a molecular motor essential for retrograde intraflagellar transport inside cilia and is involved in many cell signaling pathways. He is also interested in understanding the ciliary-dependent signaling mechanisms that regulate cell cycle progression and proliferation of neural stem cells during brain development. Dr. Dantas received his PhD in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland Galway where he studied centrosome duplication and ciliogenesis under the supervision of Prof. Ciaran Morrison. During his 5 year postdoctoral training at Columbia University in New York, mentored by Prof. Richard Vallee, he investigated the importance of cytoplasmic Dyneins in brain development and how mutations in their subunits can contribute to diverse types of human disorders.
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Natalie Elia orcid.org/0000-0002-2537-6173
Research areas: Cell biology, ESCRT pathway, microscopy techniques

Dr. Natalie Elia is a Principal Investigator in the Department of Life Sciences and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel. She received her PhD in biochemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and, after becoming interested in live cell imaging, conducted her post-doctoral training in cell biology and super-resolution microscopy at the National Institutes of Health in the United States. Dr. Elia established her lab at Ben Gurion University in 2012 with a focus on understanding the cellular functions and mechanisms of ESCRTs in a physiological context. As part of this research, the Elia team uses unique light microscopy systems to achieve the high spatial and temporal resolution needed for observing protein dynamics and macromolecular architecture in living cells. Dr. Elia was awarded the Krill Prize for excellence in scientific research in 2015 and a Horizon 2020 European Research Council Starting Grant in 2014.
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Geoffrey Goodhill orcid.org/0000-0001-9789-9355
Research areas: Systems and computational neuroscience

Professor Geoff Goodhill holds a joint appointment between the Queensland Brain Institute and School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland (Australia). He is a computational neuroscientist interested in how brains process information, particularly during neural development. He originally trained in Mathematics, Physics, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science in the UK. Following postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute he spent 8 years as an Assistant then Associate Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, then moved to The University of Queensland in 2005. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on topics including the development of maps in the cerebral cortex, how growing nerve fibres detect molecular gradients, and how neural activity develops in the zebrafish brain.
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Michel Thiebaut de Schotten orcid.org/0000-0002-0329-1814 
Research areas: Cognitive neuroscience, stroke, brain anatomy and evolution

Dr. Michel Thiebaut de Schotten received his PhD from la Sorbonne in Paris for his work on spatial neglect as a disconnection syndrome. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry King's College London, he mapped the organisation of white matter anatomy in the healthy human living brain. Michel joined the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) as a tenure- track researcher in 2012 and founded the BCBlab. He now conducts research on white matter anatomy, brain evolution, brain disconnections and new brain-behaviour associations. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious British Neuropsychological Society's Early Career Award, the Elizabeth Warrington Prize as well as the European Society for Neuropsychology Cortex prize.
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Shahid Mukhtar orcid.org/0000-0002-1104-6931 
Research areas: Plant biology, bioinformatics, genomics

Dr. Shahid Mukhtar conducted his PhD research on Arabidopsis transcriptional regulatory networks at the Max Planck Institute Cologne, Germany. He then carried out postdoctoral research in plant systems biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, collaborating with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute & Center for Cancer Systems Biology, Boston. Shahid started his own laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. His research focuses at the interface of bioinformatics and life sciences. He is broadly interested in interdisciplinary research projects focused on genomics/systems biology of host plant immunity using computational approaches.
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Yuan Qin orcid.org/0000-0003-4713-6151
Research areas: Plant reproduction, plant protection, epigenetics

Dr. Yuan Qin is a professor of Center for Genomics and Biotechnology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. Dr. Qin obtained her Ph.D. degree in developmental biology from Wuhan University in 2006. She did her postdoctoral research at the Department of Plant Science, University of Arizona and worked as an Associate Professor at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2009 to 2014. She joined Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University as a Professor in 2014. Her lab research interests focus on floral stem cell determinacy, plant reproduction and plant responses to environmental stresses.
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