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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Andrea Becchetti

Andrea Becchetti received his academic degrees at the University of Milan. He then spent research sojourns at the University of Florence, the Emory University (USA), the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste (IT). His research concerns the cholinergic and orexin modulation of synaptic transmission in the prefrontal cortex, the pathogenesis of sleep-related epilepsy and the role of ion channels in cell adhesion and differentiation.

Cristina Becchio

Cristina is Associate Professor at the Psychology Department, University of Turin, and Senior Researcher at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova. After studying philosophy at the University of Turin, she joined a PhD Program in Cognitive Science in 2001. She became researcher at the University of Turin in 2006. She is interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying motor cognition.

Jürgen C Becker

Prof. Becker is heading the Department of Translational Oncology at the Westdeutsches Tumorzentrum in Essen with a focus on skin cancer research.

Jürgen C. Becker received his medical degree from the Medical School Hannover for his work on the immune regulatory capacity of natural killer cells on the adaptive immune system. After finishing medical school he was first trained in Dermatology at the University of Würzburg and then as well in Tumor Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, and the Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen. For his characterization of the impact of therapeutic interventions on the adaptive immune responses against melanoma in preclinical models he received the PhD in Immunology. In 2003 he became full professor for Dermato-Oncology in Würzburg, where he coordinated a Clinical Research Group focusing on the tumor microenvironment. In 2010, he was appointed as director of General Dermatology at the Medical University of Graz. There, in parallel to his clinical duties, he successfully attracted the FP7 EU-project IMMOMEC (IMmune MOdulating strategies for treatment of MErkel cell Carcinoma, and became deputy speaker of the graduate training program DK-MOLIN (Doktoratskolleg MOLecular fundamentals of INflammation,

Richard H Becker

Richard Becker's research interests center around integrating remote sensing techniques with a wide variety of ground based techniques to investigate the interplay between natural and human systems on local and regional scales, both from a water resource and a hazard perspective. He is interested in investigating the nature and origin of water resources, where they are available, how human activities and climate change can affect their sustainable use, and how alterations in surface water systems can affect the surroundings and the environment at large. In addition, he applies this integrated approach to assess hazards generated by human and natural causes. At the environmental remote sensing lab he makes use of and teaches an interdisciplinary approach, which involves integrating remote sensing (from satellite to UAV scale), GIS, hydrologic modeling, geochemistry, geophysics, ecological observations and field techniques to investigate a wide range of geological and environmental problems related to water resources and the impacts of water utilization practices.

Gerrit T.S. Beemster

Professor of Biology at the University of Antwerp. Member of the Flemish Science Foundation review board. Editor of the journals Journal of Plant Research, Frontiers in Plant Science and PLOS ONE

Peter Beerli

Professor in Scientific Computing; Training as an evolutionary biologist working with water frogs in the Mediterranean Sea; Distributor of the Bayesian population genetics inference program MIGRATE.
Interested in computational biology, in particular in computational population genetics and phylogenetics

Carl Beierkuhnlein

Studies in Geoecology, PhD on the Ecology of Forest Springs, Habilitation on Biodiversity Patterns. Prof. of Landscape Ecology, Univ. or Rostock, 1999-2001, Prof. of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, since 2001.

Research Fields: Ecological Effects of Climate Change, Small Catchments and Discharge of Compounts to Springs and Rivers, Island Biogeography, Vector-Borne Diseases. Expertise in Field Studies, Experiments and Modelling.

Gufran Beig

Dr. Gufran Beig is an atmospheric scientist, focussing on Environmental science aspects of atmosphere and air quality. He is working as Project Director at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune under the Indian Union Ministry of Earth Sciences. His broad area of research is Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution. Specific topics of expertise include developing air pollution monitoring and forecasting systems and assessment of its impact on Human Health and food security; as well as long term changes and trends in the troposphere and Stratosphere. He has the distinction of developing and commissioning the first air quality Forecasting system for Indian Mega cities which is recognised as a pilot project of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO-GURME). He is the recipient of several awards, viz. the coveted Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award of WMO, etc. He has been a committee member of the scientific steering /advisory committee member of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project; SPARC of World Climate research; and Global Atmospheric Watch’s GURME-WMO project.

Michael Beman

The overarching goal of my research program is to develop a predictive understanding of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry in the ‘Anthropocene’ sea. My research sits at the interface of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and global change science, and I work worldwide in reefs and estuaries, marine lakes and mountain lakes, and the open ocean. I focus on the responses of microbial communities, and the processes mediated by these communities, to environmental change—including climate change, ocean acidification, and ocean deoxygenation.

I received a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Stanford in Geological and Environmental Sciences; before joining the UC Merced faculty in 2009, where I was a postdoc in Marine Environmental Biology at USC, a lecturer at UCLA, and an Assistant Researcher at the University of Hawai’i. I am an Associate Professor and member of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and the Environmental Systems and Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate groups.

Yehezkel Ben-Ari

° Founder and Honorary Director of INMED (Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée), INSERM U901, Marseille, France
° Professor of Neurobiology, Université René Descartes Paris V, France and Liège (honoris causae)
CEO of neurochlore and B ATherapeutics

° 1973-1979 - Post-doctoral & sabbatical studies: University of Cambridge (UK), University of Oslo (Norway) and McGill University (Canada)
° 1971 - Doctorat ès-sciences, Université de Paris VI (France)
° 1966 - B Sc. Biochemistry-Physiology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

--- AWARDS ---
° 2014 - Finalist Créa13 -Neurochlore
° 2013 - Award « Tremplins de La Provence » - Neurochlore
° 2012 - Award of the of the FNRS ( Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique de Belgique) of Belgium
° 2010 - Award of the European Society of Epilepsy
° 2009 - Award of the Grand Prix de la Recherche médicale de l'INSERM
° 2009 - Docteur Honoris causae, Liège University (Belgium)
° 2006 - Rotary Brain Research Award
° 2002 - The Health Price (Grand Prix de la Santé) of the Foundation of French Electricity ° 2000 - The American Epilepsy Society Research Award for outstanding research in epilepsies

Asa Ben-Hur

My lab specializes in applications of machine learning in bioinformatics. We are developing methods for predicting protein function and interactions, and are studying the process of alternative splicing in plants

Giovanni Benelli

Giovanni Benelli got an International Ph.D. in Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences at University of Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. He worked in several international institutions, including University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA) and University of Jaén (Spain).
Giovanni serves as a research entomologist and lecturer at University of Pisa. He has been recently appointed as Affiliated Researcher at The BioRobotics Institute, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.
His research focuses on entomology, ecotoxicology, animal behaviour and biological control, with a major focus on arthropod vectors of medical and veterinary importance.
Giovanni serves as Editor for Environmental Science and Pollution Research, PeerJ and Entomologia Generalis, as well as for Editor/Editorial Board Member for other top-ranked international journals.
Besides, Giovanni cooperates with more than 100 researchers worldwide on various research projects, including FP7 Collective Cognitive Robots, H2020 subCULTron and the Taiwan National Nano Project MOST-105-2119-M-008-006.
He has published more than 350 articles in international journals with impact factor. His H-index is higher than 30, with more than 4000 total citations.
He has been awarded with several prizes from international and national organizations.
In view of his expertise and top-cited articles on mosquito biology and control, Giovanni has been recently interviewed on Nature (

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