About the Editors


Alan D.T. Barrett, PhD

Director, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences
University of Texas Medical Branch

Alan D.T. Barrett obtained his B.S., M.S. and PhD in the area of virology from the University of Warwick, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in arbovirology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As a leading expert in the fields of vaccine development for flaviviruses, his lab undertakes basic research and preclinical development for vaccines against various flavivirus diseases. He has made several contributions to World Health Organization activities on vaccine research, development and implementation. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) that is developing vaccines for Ebola, Nipah, Lassa fever and MERS, the flavivirus vaccine working group of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and has served on many NIH study sections.

Deputy Editor

Rick TitballRick Titball, PhD, DSc

Professor of Molecular Microbiology
University of Exeter
Exeter, UK

Rick Titball's principal interests lie with understanding the molecular basis of disease caused by a range of bacterial pathogens. His previous work has involved extensive studies on biothreat agents. He has a strong interest in using information on the molecular biology of pathogens to devise vaccines and have previously developed vaccines against Yersinia pestis and Clostridium perfringens toxins.

Managing Editor

Nico Fanget, PhD


Nico obtained his PhD in bacteriology and molecular biology at Edinburgh Napier University. He then moved to scholarly publishing, first as staff editor at the Microbiology Society, then as copy editor at Nature. Nico joined the Nature partner Journals in 2016, and now manages four npj series titles.

He is based in London.

Associate Editors

Paul A. MacAry, PhD

Director, LSI Immunology Programme 
National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

Associate Professor Paul MacAry performed his post-doctoral research at Cambridge University Institute for Medical Research (CIMR), and since 2005 has been an independent investigator in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology program at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The multi-disciplinary research in his laboratory covers the entire spectrum of scientific endeavour, from basic research to industrial applications with an emphasis on antibody biology, immune repertoire mapping and protein engineering applications in infectious diseases. 

Marit van Gils, PhD

Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention
Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Marit van Gils is an Associate Professor in Virology at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers in The Netherlands. Her laboratory is focused on understanding antibody responses following vaccination, and characterising how the antibodies contribute to vaccine effectiveness. She is particularly interested in broadly protective antibodies against viruses, such as HIV, Influenza virus and more recently, coronaviruses. Her team uses a wide range of molecular, virological and immunological techniques to explore early interactions between vaccines and immune cells in lymphoid tissue and to isolate monoclonal antibodies after vaccination and natural infection.

Prof Roy A Hall

School Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A major research interest in my lab has been the study of mosquito-borne viruses with a focus on on globally important mosquito-borne pathogens, including Zika virus, West Nile virus and Chikungunya virus as well as new and emerging viruses. Indeed, our studies have led to the discovery of several new mosquito-borne viruses and spawned major projects for the development of new recombinant platforms for producing safe vaccines and diagnostics.

Richard Rupp, MD

Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas Medical Branch

Richard Rupp is the Director of the Clinical Trials Program of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is a Professor and the Director of the Division of Adolescent and Behavioral Health within the Department of Pediatrics. He received his M.D. from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He completed Pediatric Residency and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship in Texas at Wilford Hall Medical Center and William Beaumont AMC, respectively.

Xavier Saelens, PhD

Professor, Ghent University and VIB
Ghent, Belgium

The research team of Xavier Saelens applies modern biotechnology methods to develop new vaccines and antivirals against important human respiratory viruses such as influenza viruses, respiratory syncytial virus, and coronaviruses. In addition, his group uses interactomics tools to gain new insights in the molecular interplay between host and viral factors.
His team pioneered the development of a universal influenza A vaccine candidate based on the viral matrix protein 2 and elucidated its mechanism of protection. His team also developed a new human respiratory syncytial vaccine candidate that is based on the small hydrophobic protein of this virus. The group also develops single domain antibodies and formats thereof as new candidate biologics to control infections by human respiratory viruses.

Veronika von Messling, Dr. med. vet. 

Director General, Life Sciences
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Berlin, Germany

Prof.  Dr. von Messling's research interest lies in characterizing the pathogenesis of respiratory viruses to develop novel prophylactic and therapeutic strategies. She has been awarded various awards and prizes such as the Chercheur-boursier senior Award, FRSQ, (2011), and the Löffler-Frosch Prize, German Society of Virology (2011). She is also a member of various societies such as the European Society of Virology, Canadian Society of Microbiology and Deutsche virologische Gesellschaft.

David H. Walker, MD, PhD

Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch

David Walker is the Director of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. His research has elucidated mechanisms of immunity to Rickettsia and Ehrlichia, developed animal models for investigating rickettsioses and ehrlichioses and contributed to elucidating the pathology and pathophysiology of Lassa fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Mediterranean spotted fever and human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis. 

Editorial Board Members

L. Garry Adams: Texas A&M College Station, Texas, USA
Sylvie Alonso: National University of Singapore, Singapore
Carl R. Alving: Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Peter L. Andersen: Statens Serum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmar
Bernard Arulanandam: University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, US
David W. C. Beasley: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Martin Beer: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany
David I. Bernstein: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, USA
Paul L. Bigliardi: University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA
Danny Casimiro: Sanofi Pasteur, Pennsylvania, USA
Ashok K. Chopra: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
James Crowe: Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA
Denise Doolan: James Cook University, Australia, Cairns, Australia
J. Stephen Dumler: Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, Maryland, USA
Janice Endsley: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Susanna Esposito: Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
Ali I. Fattom: NanoBio Corporation, Michigan, USA
Thomas Ficht: Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
Katja Fink: Humabs BioMed SA, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Anthony R. Fooks: Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Surrey, UK
Alexander Freiberg: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Tong-Ming Fu: Sanofi Pasteur, Massachusetts, USA
Michael Gale, Jr.: University of Washington, Washington, USA
Adolfo Garcia-Sastre: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA
Nathalie Garcon: Bioaster Technology Research Institute, Brussels, Belgium
Nisha J. Garg: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Sarah Gilbert: Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Jaap Goudsmit: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Barney S. Graham: NIH, Maryland, USA
Beth-Ann Griswold Coller: Merck Research Laboratories, New Jersey, USA
Joachim Hombach: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Tetsuro Ikegami: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Ken J. Ishii: Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Nicholas Jackson: Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), London, UK
Kathrin Jansen: Pfizer Vaccine Research, New York, USA
Stefan Kappe: Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Washington, USA
David C. Kaslow: ATH, Seattle, Washington, USA
Stephen Kent: University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Janine Kimpel: Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Australia
Dennis M. Klinman: National Cancer Institute, NIH, Maryland, USA
Eiji Konishi: Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Margaret Liu: Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Shan Lu: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
Mary Marovich:  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Maryland, USA
Peter Mason: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Tarrytown, New York, USA
Jere W. McBride: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Philip Minor: National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, Potters Bar, UK
Thomas P. Monath: Crozet BioPharma, Massachusetts, USA
Kathleen M. Neuzil: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland, USA
Johanna Olweus: Department of Cancer Immunology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital Radiumhospitalet and University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Walter Orenstein: Emory University, Georgia, USA
Slobodan Paessler: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
Guy H. Palmer: Washington State University, Washington, USA
Daniel Paris: Mahidol Oxford Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand
Kevin Pethe: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Stanley Plotkin: University of Pennsylvania, Vaxconsult, Pennsylvania, USA
Maarten Postma: University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Bali Pulendran: Stanford University, California, USA
Cheng-Feng Qin: Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, Beijing, China
Rino Rappuoli: GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy
Steven G. Reed: Infectious Diseases Research Institute, Washington, USA
Guus Rimmelzwaan: University of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses, Hanover, Germany
Jai Rudra: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Robert Sauerwein: Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Alexander Schmidt: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Massachusetts, USA
Alessandro Sette: La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, California, USA
Pei-Yong Shi: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
John Shiver: Sanofi-Pasteur Vaccines, Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, USA
Mark K. Slifka: Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon, USA
Jon Smith: VLP Therapeutics, Maryland, USA
Lynn Soong: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
J. Erin Staples: Centers for Disease Control, Colorado, USA
Geraldine Taylor: Pirbright Institute, Woking, UK
Dirk Teuwen: Union Chimique Belge (UCB), Brussels, Belgium
Ralph A. Tripp: The UGA college of Veterinary Medicine, Georgia, USA
Takafumi Tsuboi: Ehime University, Ehime, Japan
Sylvia van den Hurk: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Kirsten Vannice: Consultant, Washington, USA
Hengliang Wang: Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, Beijing, China
Scott C. Weaver: University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas, USA
David B. Weiner: University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA
Fidel Zavala: ohn Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, USA
Qinjian Zhao: Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

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