About the Editors

Co-Editors in Chief

Josh Neufeld 
Josh Neufeld is a Professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He received his BSc and MSc in Microbiology from the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, a PhD in Microbiology at the University of British Columbia, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Warwick in the UK. Josh’s research combines molecular and cultivation approaches to study microbial communities in terrestrial, aquatic, and host-associated habitats with the goal of recovering and exploiting the “microbes that matter”. His lab has recently focussed on exploring microbial communities associated with natural and engineered deep geological repository components for nuclear waste storage. Josh has served various editorial roles with microbiology journals for many years and is excited to begin leading The ISME Journal as co-Editor in Chief.

Lisa Stein
Dr. Lisa Y. Stein is a Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the University of Alberta. She co-leads a research team between the faculties of Science and Engineering that aims to convert fugitive greenhouse gas emissions into value-added products using the power of microbial diversity. She is also an expert on the nitrogen cycle and works with local vertical agriculture companies to improve plant growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by manipulating microbes in their system. Dr. Stein is a passionate advocate for scientific literacy and has joined others around the world to bring the rich science of microbiology into elementary and secondary curricula. She is among the authors of the “Microbiologists’ Warning Consensus Statement,” published in 2019, which proclaims that microorganisms are so critical to achieving an environmentally sustainable future that ignoring them risks the fate of humanity. Dr. Stein is a regular volunteer with Rapid Fire Theatre in her community and believes that the ability to improvise is the secret to excellence as an educator and communicator. 

Kazuya Watanabe
Kazuya Watanabe is a professor in Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences. He studies onmicrobes and microbiomes involved in water treatment, waste management, environmental cleanup, energy recovery, and bioproduction. He is also interested in studying genetic, physiological and ecological strategiesthat microbes have evolved for surviving in the natural environment.

Reviews Editor

Andrew Holmes, University of Sydney, Australia

Senior Editors

Mark Bailey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
Petr Baldrian, Institute of Microbiology of the ASCR, Czech Republic
Gabriele Berg, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Jennifer Biddle, University of Delaware, USA
Joanne Emerson, University of California, Davis, USA
Karoline Faust, Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology, Rega Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium
Sara Hallin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Andrew Holmes, University of Sydney, Australia
Britt Koskella, University of California, USA
George A. Kowalchuk, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Steven Lindow, UC Berkeley, USA
Karen Lloyd, University of Tennessee, USA
Julian R. Marchesi, Cardiff University, UK
Jennifer Martiny, University of California, USA
Josh D. Neufeld, University of Waterloo, Canada
Satoshi Okabe, Hokkaido University, Japan
Laurent Philippot, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
Heide Schulz-Vogt, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Germany
Hauke Smidt, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands
Frank Stewart, Montana State University, USA
Matthew Sullivan, The Ohio State University, USA
Susannah Tringe, DOE Joint Genome Institute, USA
Daniel Vaulot, UMR 7144 CNRS-Sorbonne Université, Station Biologique, France
Rebecca Vega Thurber, Oregon State University, USA
Joshua Weitz, George Institute of Technology, USA
William Wilson, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), UK
Dagmar Woebken, University of Vienna, Austria
Tanja Woyke, U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, USA
Liping Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jizhong Zhou, Oklahoma University, USA