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.
Kathryn Ball trained as an enzymologist and protein biochemist. She was awarded a Broodbank Fellowship (University of Cambridge) and was the first CRUK Senior Cancer Research Fellow (University of Dundee). She moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2004 where she is the Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Signalling. Her current research is focused on protein structure function analysis and the mechanisms underlying the regulation of protein function by ubiquitin in human health and disease.
Professor Teri Balser is Dean of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University, where she came after having been Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She received a Ph.D. in soil microbiology came from the University of California at Berkeley, and she completed postdoctoral research in ecosystem ecology at Stanford University. She is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and was recently named to the Australian Research Council College of Experts.
Her research centers on understanding microbial community-level ecophysiological responses to stress, disturbance, and change, and the consequences of these for ecosystem functioning. She has worked in countries worldwide studying restoration, carbon sequestration, invasive species, biodiversity, and land use/land cover.
In addition to international recognition as an accomplished research scholar, Dr. Balser is widely known in higher education as a change agent and leader in Science, Technology Engineering and Math education (STEM). She is a co-founder of the Society for Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), a National Vision and Change Fellow with the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE), and was a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair to India in 2015 to help build capacity at the national level for pedagogically advanced and responsive STEM education.
Assistant Professor interested in evolutionary microbiology and genomics
Faculty of Infectious Diseases in Department of Medicine at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark NJ.
Research Professor at the Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales (Reef Systems Academic Unit) a campus of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México located in Puerto Morelos in the Mexican Caribbean. Her undergraduate education was at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia followed by her graduate degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA and a postdoctoral appointment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Maryland, USA.
Her research interests include the photobiology of phytoplankton, corals and coral reef dwelling-organisms as well as coral reproductive biology and ecology. Most recently, she has become involved in research on best practices for culturing coral species for use in restoration projects.
She is a topic editor for Coral Reefs, council member of the International Society for Reef Studies and serves on the scientific advisory boards for the Healthy Reefs Initiative and SECORE International and is on the steering committees of the Coral Restoration Consortium and the Meso-American Reef Restoration Group.
Professor, Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems and Director, Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction, both at the School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University.
Research interests are in understanding how coastal margins function under the complex influence of rivers, ocean, climate and humans – and how to integrate such understanding in broad-range societal decisions on sustainable development.
Stefan Baral is a physician epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.
Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Calgary (UCVM), with a joint appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences of the Cumming School of Medicine; NSERC Industrial Research in Infectious Diseases of Dairy Cattle; Guest Professor at Ghent University (Belgium); Foreign Expert at the China Agricultural University in Beijing; leads the University of Calgary Biostatistics Centre, co-leads the Clinical Research Unit in the Cumming School of Medicine; research program focuses on prevention and control of diseases in cattle herds; elected fellow Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
I'm currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Food Nutrition & Health Team, AgResearch Limited, one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). I'm based at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute, being involved in several projects investigating the importance of nutrition for health throughout life. The primary focus of these projects is intestinal health, but I'm also interested other aspects of human health, including cognition and mobility.
I graduated from The University of Auckland in May 2005 with a PhD in Biological Sciences. My thesis research focused on the importance of a mother’s diet during gestation and lactation on the risk of type-2 diabetes in her offspring. Since 2001 I've worked for AgResearch in a range of roles (including Research Associate, FRST Postdoctoral Fellow, and Research Scientist) and on a variety of topics. I was part of the Nutrigenomics New Zealand collaboration from 2004-2014, working on understanding how our diet and genome interact to influence health with a particular focus on intestinal function.
I'm also the Section Editor (Nutrigenomics) for the European Journal of Nutrition.
Anthony “Tony” Barnhart received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Arizona State University in 2013, where he began his graduate career with the intention of being a language researcher. To this end, he has published research examining the processes underlying handwritten word perception, a domain that has been largely ignored by psychologists. However, Tony is also a part-time professional magician with over 20 years of performing experience. Magicians are informal cognitive scientists with their own hypotheses about the mind. Tony empirically tests these novel hypotheses and introduces magical methodologies into the laboratory to increase the ecological validity of experimental studies of attention and perception.
Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director, Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He has a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and he held lectureships in these departments. He is author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy. He has edited scholarly anthologies including Understanding Other Minds, Synaesthesia, and The Maladapted Mind. He has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread. He has celebrated autism in An Exact Mind. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards. He is author of >450 scientific articles. He has supervised 32 PhD students.
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour; Member of Directorate, Institute of Child and Youth Studies, University of Lethbridge; Executive Editor, Animal Behaviour 2006-2011; Editor, Advances in the Study of Animal Behaviour; Past Member of Council, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.