About the Editors


Professor Nadia Rosenthal
Scientific Director, The Jackson Laboratory, USA
Chair in Cardiovascular Science & Scientific Director, Imperial College London, UK
Scientific Head, EMBL Australia, Australia

Professor Rosenthal is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. She has been a faculty member of the Australian Developmental Biology Workshop and is a Visiting Professor at University of Western Australia. She currently holds an NHMRC Australia Fellowship. Professor Rosenthal spearheaded the election of Australia to EMBL as its first Associate Member and serves as Scientific Head of EMBL Australia. She also holds a Chair in Cardiovascular Science at Imperial College London. Professor Rosenthal’s research focuses on the developmental genetics of heart and skeletal muscle, the molecular biology of ageing and the role of growth factors, stem cells and the immune system in tissue regeneration.

Deputy Editor

Professor Peter Currie
Director, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

Professor Currie has worked as an independent laboratory head at the UK Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, UK and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia, where he headed a research programme focused on skeletal muscle development and regeneration. In 2016 he was appointed Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His work is centred on understanding how the small freshwater zebrafish is able to build and regenerate both skeletal and cardiac muscle.

Associate Editors

Professor Stephen Badylak
Deputy Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Deputy  Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as the Chair of several study sections at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently a member of the College of Scientific Reviewers for NIH. Dr. Badylak is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a member of the Society for Biomaterials, a charter member of the Tissue Engineering Society International, a past president of the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and a Founding International Fellow of TERMIS.

Professor Helen Blau
Director, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Professor Helen M. Blau is the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Professor and Director of the Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology at Stanford University. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is world-renowned for her work on nuclear reprogramming and demonstration of the plasticity of cell fate using cell fusion, which provided the scientific underpinnings for induced pluripotent stem cells.  Additionally, her lab has revealed a novel role for premature telomere shortening in cardiac failure due to genetic defects, which is recapitulated in cardiomyocytes derived from patient induced pluripotent cells (iPSC).  Her lab’s pioneering research has identified regulators that rejuvenate the function of aged muscle stem cells leading to increased strength.   

Professor Stuart Forbes
Group Leader, Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK

Stuart Forbes is Professor of Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Director of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (http://www.crm.ed.ac.uk/), and Director of the UK wide UKRMP Hub for engineering and exploiting the stem cell niche (http://www.ukrmp.org.uk/hubs/niche/). His research focuses on how the chronically damaged liver regenerates and how these mechanisms process becomes deranged in liver and bile duct cancer. In particular, Forbes’s research looks at how the epithelial cells in the liver (hepatocytes and biliary cells) interact with the inflammatory cells of the liver during injury and regeneration.

Professor Eric Olson
Director, Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Eric Olson founded the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he is currently Professor and Chair.  He holds the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair, the Pogue Chair in Cardiac Birth Defects, and the Annie and Willie Nelson Professorship in Stem Cell Research.  He also directs the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine and the Wellstone Center for Muscular Dystrophy Research.  His team discovered many of the genes that control heart and muscle development and disease. Olson'smost recent work has revealed a promising strategy for correction of Duchenne muscular dystrophy using CRISPR gene editing.

Professor Thomas Rando
Director, The Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging
Stanford University School of Medicine


Dr. Rando is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and Founding Director of the Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Stanford University. He is also Deputy Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Dr. Rando directs the Center for Tissue Regeneration, Repair, and Restoration (CTR3) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he is also Chief of Neurology. Dr. Rando’s research focuses on stem cell biology, with particular interest in stem cell aging and tissue engineering. He has pioneered the field of systemic factors as regulators of cellular aging based upon seminal studies done in his laboratory using the technique of heterochronic parabiosis. Work in Dr. Rando’s laboratory has also provided the foundation for studies of the epigenetics of stem cell function and stem cell aging, leading to the concept of “epigenetic rejuvenation” by which interventions (e.g., dietary, pharmacologic, parabiotic) may slow or even reverse the aging process.

Professor Qi Zhou
The State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology
Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, People's Republic of China

Dr. Qi Zhou is a Professor at the Institute of Zoology, CAS. Prof. Zhou's research interests cover stem cell, reproductive and developmental biology, and he is also dedicated to promoting the application of stem cells to clinical use. His main scientific achievements include: produced world-first cloned rat; obtained the first healthy animal derived from induced pluripotent stem cells; established mammalian haploid embryonic stem (ES) cells of model species; generated world-first mammalian diploid hybrid ES cells of phylogenetically distal species; established Beijing Stem Cell Bank and the clinical-grade stem cell lines to promote the clinical application of stem cells.

Editorial Board Members

Nick Barker, PhD A*Star, Singapore
​Shoumo Bhattacharya, MD University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Cedric Blanpain, MD, PhD Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Andrew Brack, PhD University of California, San Francisco, California, USA
Nenad Bursac, PhD Duke University, North Carolina, USA
​Magdalena Götz, PhD Helmholz Center Munich, Munich, Germany
​Gerald de Haan, PhD University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
​Richard Harvey, PhD The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia
Karen Hirschi, PhD Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, Conneticut, USA
Salman Khetani, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA
Michael Lotze, MD University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Paul Martin, BSc, PhD University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Andras Nagy, PhD Mount Sinai Hospital, California, USA
Laura Niklason, PhD, MD Yale University, Conneticut, USA
Martin Pera, PhD The Jackson Laboratory, Maine, USA
Ken Poss, PhD Duke University, North Carolina, USA
Olivier Pourquie, PhD Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
​Fred Relaix, PhD Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France
Michael Rudnicki, OC, PhD, FRSC Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada
Susanne Sattler, PhD Imperial College London, London, UK
Michael Schneider, MD Imperial College London, London, UK
Michal Schwartz, PhD Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
​Samuel Stupp, PhD Northwestern University, Illinois, USA
Shahragim Tajbakhsh, PhD Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Assistant Editor:

Ekaterina Salimova, Ph.D.
Research Fellow                                         
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
Monash University
Victoria, Australia

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