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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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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,

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

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.

Sander Bekeschus

Group leader and head of department of ZIK plasmatis "Plasma-Redox-Effects". Specialized on immunology, oncology, and tumor immunology.

Matthew K Belmonte

Matthew Belmonte's research asks how domain-general cognitive capacities shape the developmental emergence of both social and non-social perception, cognition and action -- giving rise to individual differences therein and autistic disorders thereof. Applying both cognitive neuroimaging (EEG/ERP and fMRI) and behavioural methods, Belmonte enunciated the now widely accepted and supported theory of dysconnectivity within and between autistic neural and cognitive networks, in which differences of local neural network entropy perturb activity-dependent development of long-range network connectivity, impairing top-down integrative control and enhancing autonomous processing. A current clinical application of this work assays the effect of computer-assisted training of prerequisite motor skills on autistic social communicative ability, whilst work in basic science is exploring interactions of dimensional autistic traits, cognitive sex differences, individualistic versus collectivistic cultures, and situational manipulations of psychological distance and level of construal. Belmonte is the recipient of a 2009 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation, the 2010 Neil O'Connor Award from the British Psychological Society, and a 2011 Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.

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

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

Renato Benesperi

Associate Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Florence.

His main research activity focuses on ecology, diversity and systematic of lichens. Research topics include the assessment and management of impacts of human activities (e.g. forest management, invasive alien species, climate changes) on lichen and plant communities.

Mark C. Benfield

Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. Adjunct (Guest Investigator) in the Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Member and Past-Chair of the ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology, member of the ICES Working Group on Integrated Morphological and Molecular Taxonomy, Director of the Gulf SERPENT Project. Ph.D. (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences) from Texas A&M University.