Academic Editors

The following people constitute the Editorial Board of Academic Editors for PeerJ. These active academics are the Editors who seek peer reviewers, evaluate their responses, and make editorial decisions on each submission to the journal. Learn more about becoming an Editor.

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Diaa Abd El-Moneim

Diaa Abd El Moneim received his Ph.D. in plant molecular genetics from Complutense University of Madrid- Spain, in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the national biotechnology center – in Madrid –Spain. He joined the Deanship of preparatory year –at Jouf University – K.S.A. as an Assistant professor of Biology. Since 2020 he has served as an Associate professor of genetics at Arish University, which is responsible for Lecturing about advanced applications for plant molecular genetics; Organizing meetings and building relationships with national and international institutes; Supervising graduate/undergraduate researchers; and leading research projects in assessing cereals crops under the different abiotic stress. During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, he was skilled with advanced molecular genetics techniques, which helped him study molecular breeding of cereals crops, particularly for abiotic stress tolerance. Generally, his research interests focused on the isolation and characterization of abiotic stress-responsive genes and proteins, physiological and molecular mechanisms of the abiotic stress response, and tolerance. Also, study intracellular signaling pathways required for plants to coordinate stress responses under various abiotic stresses.

Yasmina M Abd-Elhakim

Prof. Dr. Yasmina Mohammed Abd-Elhakim is a Professor in the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt. Her major area of expertise is the use of eco-friendly mitigation strategies to combat the hazards of environmental pollutants. Additionally, she has a special interest in the therapeutic uses of arthropods venoms, particularly in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. She has 60 papers in prestigious international journals and 2 book chapters, h-index 19, and more than 1000 citations based on the Scopus database. She reviewed about 870 manuscripts for highly impacted journals in the field of toxicology and environmental pollution based on the Publon database. She has been included in the editorial board of several highly impacted international journals. She received various awards including The Egyptian State Encouragement Award in "Agricultural sciences" in 2019, the Publons peer reviewer award as a Top Reviewers for Pharmacology & Toxicology in 2018 and 2019, and the international publication's award from Zagazig University (2015-2019).

Virginia Abdala

Professor of General Biology, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina. Researcher at the CONICET, Tucuman, Argentina. Member of the Instituto de Biodiversidad Neotropical, UNT-CONICET, Argentina.

Magdi T. Abdelhamid

Magdi T. Abdelhamid is the Research Professor and Head of the Botany Department of the National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Abdelhamid obtained his Ph.D. from Gifu University, Japan, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Australia. Dr. Abdelhamid is an expert in Plant physiology under environmental stresses. Dr. Abdelhamid’s research focuses on understanding the mechanism of drought and salinity tolerance and improvement of crop production, especially in arid areas. At the regional level, Dr. Abdelhamid was awarded the Arab Distinguished Scholar Award, The State of Kuwait, while at the national level Dr. Abdelhamid was awarded the prize of “State Scientific Excellence Award in Agricultural Sciences 2020” from The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt. Dr. Abdelhamid is a member of several national and international committees e.g. member of the Food and Agriculture Research Council (ASRT), Secretary-General of the Egyptian National Committee for Soil Sciences (ASRT), member of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, and Member of The Arab Water Council. He is a member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals e.g. Crop Science (USA), Agronomy Journal (USA), as well as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 60 journals. Dr. Abdelhamid has been selected as an expert at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as the leading author of the Water chapter and contributing author of the Land Chapter of Global Environment Outlook (GEO) GEO-5 for assessment of the state and trends of the global environment. Additionally, he has been working as a Consultant for FAO-Egypt Representation, Food and Agriculture Organization, Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Abdelhamid has long experience in research and coordinating research projects at the national and international levels on on-farm water management and drought/heat/salinity tolerance on crops. Dr. Abdelhamid has been invited to give many scientific talks in several countries and has been invited to many national and international conferences.

Ola Abdelwahab

Professor of marine pollution, an expert in physicochemical water/ wastewater treatment. my interest concerns water/ Wastewater treatment by different techniques. Design of different suitable set-up and conducting experiments for the removal of different pollutants or hazards such as heavy metals, dyes, phenolic compounds and oil spills.

Jafri M. Abdullah

Professor of Neurosciences; MD (USM), DSCN (Belgium), PhD (Univ Ghent), Director Brain & Behaviour Cluster and Previous Director of the Center for Neuroscience Services & Research (P3Neuro), Universiti Sains Malaysia. Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia, American College of Surgeons,International College of Surgeons(USA) as well as the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Recipient of the prestigious National Malaysian Young Scientist Award & Top Research Scientist award (Academy Science Malaysia). I am an Academic Neurosurgeon and a Neuroscientist .I am the Founding Director of the Center for Neurosciences Sevices and Research( P3 Neuro ) and the Brain Behaviour Cluster,Universiti Sains Malaysia.I am the Founding Head of the Department of Neurosciences,School of Medical Sciences,Universiti Sains Malaysia.
I have helped to establish 9 Postgraduate Courses in Neurology,Neurosurgery,Neurosciences,Cognitive Neurosciences,Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology in Universiti Sains Malaysia ( https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/universiti-sains-malaysia-usm/undergrad )

Muhammad Abid

Dr. Muhammad Abid is an Associate Professor at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. He earned his PhD in Microbial Ecology/Plant Pathology from INRAE/University of Burgundy, France.

Dr. Abid's research focuses on the management of plant diseases especially fungal and bacterial diseases through beneficial microbes and their products, plant extracts, essential oils and synthetic chemicals. This also includes the ecological interaction among the plant pathogens and beneficial microbes and the environment.

Ashith B Acharya

Dr. Ashith B. Acharya is an Australia-trained forensic odontologist – having completed his Bachelor’s degree in dentistry in 1999 and his postgraduation in 2001 – and heads India’s first exclusive department of forensic odontology in SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka. With over 18 years academic experience, he teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a consultant in forensic dental, anthropological, and archeological cases referred by the police, government agencies and forensic medical experts from across India. He is a founder-member of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology and currently its Secretary. He is an editorial board member/reviewer in several national and international journals; he has served as a member of the International Organisation for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology’s Age Estimation Workgroup and is currently on its Bite Marks Workgroup. He has published 45 journal articles, 35 of which have appeared in top international forensic and dental journals; he has also contributed to government reports, and chapters on forensic odontology to eminent textbooks such as Shafer’s Textbook of Oral Pathology.

Pragyan Acharya

Dr. Pragyan Acharya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. The major interests of her laboratory is in understand immune dysregulation in liver diseases and understanding the interaction of the immune system in tissue injury and infection. Towards this, she combines studies on clinical samples, in vitro cultures and animal models of liver disease. She is specifically studying non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) using proteomics and cell biological approaches. Work carried out in her laboratory has led to the identification of the importance of the CD177+ neutrophil sub-population in ACLF and its association with patient outcomes.

Daniel Adesse

Has a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidade Santa Úrsula (2004), a Master's degree (2007) and PhD (2010) in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, with two periods as visiting scientist at the Departments of Pathology and Neuroscience of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University, New York, NY) With a post-doctoral degree from the Biophysics Institute (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), under supervision of Prof. Rafael Linden (2010-2013).

Currently is Associate Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, where is investigating mechanisms of changes in embryonic development during congenital toxoplasmosis, with focus on the skeletal muscle system and Central Nervous System. In a model of mouse infection with Toxoplasma gondii investigates the effect that such infection causes to cerebral microcirculation and in the Blood-Brain Barrier, as a result of neuroinflammation. Has experience in Morphology, acting on the following subjects: parasite-host cell interaction, primary cell culture, cellular junctions, 2D and 3D cell culture models, Confocal and Transmission Electron Microscopy.

Kabindra Adhikari

Kabindra Adhikari is a soil scientist with expertise in pedometrics, soil-landscape modeling, environmental data science and precision agriculture applications. He holds a PhD in Agroecology with research focusing on pedometrics. His research interests include digital soil mapping, pedology, soil sensing, terrain analysis, soil spectroscopy, soil carbon, soil morphometrics, and ecosystem services. He is developing tools and guidelines to promote precision conservation for croplands by coordinating geospatial data streams for the assessment of sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Tika Adhikari

Dr. Adhikari is a senior research scientist and plant pathologist at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Research interests include population biology, plant disease resistance, genetic mapping, and plant-pathogen interactions; develop translational tools for pathogen detection; improve management practices for enhancing plant health, and mitigate bacterial and fungal disease problems with an emphasis on tomato and strawberry.