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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Joseph J Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in organismal and molecular evolution. The major focus of his current research is deciphering the mechanisms by which obligate intracellular species of Rickettsiales (Alphaproteobacteria) invade, survive and replicate within eukaryotic cells.

In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gillespie utilizes phylogenetics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics to guide experimental research on various pathogenic species of Rickettsia and their associated arthropod vectors. His early research resulted in the reclassification of Rickettsia species and the identification of many lineage-specific pathogenicity factors. Through years of intense scrutinization of dozens of diverse rickettsial genomes, Dr. Gillespie and colleagues have described a large, dynamic mobilome for Rickettsia species, resulting in the identification of integrative conjugative elements as the vehicles for seeding Rickettsia genomes with many of the factors underlying obligate intracellular biology and pathogenesis. Via an iterative process of genome sequencing, phylogenomics, bioinformatics, and classical molecular biology and microbiology, Dr. Gillespie continues to lead and assist research projects on the characterization of rickettsial gene and protein function, as well as the description of cell envelope glycoconjugates.

Vladimir N Uversky

Professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine of University of South Florida, College of Medicine, and Visiting Professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
I received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from Leningrad State University in Russia in 1986, then, completed Ph.D. and Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) degrees in Physics and Mathematics (field of study - Biophysics) at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1991) and the Institute Experimental and Theoretical Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1998), respectively. I spent early career working on protein folding at Institute of Protein Research and the Institute for Biological Instrumentation (Russia). In 1998, I moved to the University of California Santa Cruz to study protein folding, misfolding, protein conformation diseases, and protein intrinsic disorder phenomenon. In 2004, I was invited to join the Indiana University School of Medicine to primary work on the intrinsically disordered proteins. Since 2010, I am with USF, where I continue to study intrinsically disordered proteins and analyze protein folding and misfolding processes.
I have authored over 950 scientific publications. I am an editor of several scientific journals and edited a number of books and book series on protein structure, function, folding, and misfolding. Since 2014, I am included by the Thomson Reuters to the Clarivate list of Highly Cited Researchers™.

María Ángeles Esteban

Professor of Cell Biology in the Cell Biology & Histology Department, Faculty of Biology, Murcia University. She is the head of the research team "Immunobiology for Aquaculture" working on fish species of interest for aquaculture. She has been Vice-chancellor of the University of Murcia and she is the actual director of the Department of Cell Biology & Histology at the University of Murcia.

Gwyn W Gould

Gwyn is Professor in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde where he has recently moved his lab. He did his undergraduate and postgraduate work at the University of Southampton, studying lipid/protein interactions under the supervision of Tony Lee for his PhD. This was followed by postdoctoral work at Dartmouth Medical School where his interest in membrane trafficking began. After a 30-year career at the University of Glasgow, he has moved to the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences where his research continues to focus upon the control of glucose transport by insulin in adipocytes, muscle and cardiac tissue.

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 ( )

James Davis Reimer

James Davis Reimer's research focuses on the biodiversity of understudied marine invertebrate groups (so-called "minor taxa"), primarily benthic cnidarians including zoantharians and their endosymbionts, as well as octocorals, from shallow tropical coral reefs to the deep sea. Recent research has also examined the impact of coastal development on marine diversity and ecosystems. Since 2007, he has been based at the University of the Ryukyus, where he is now a professor.

In 2015, he was awarded the Okinawa Research Prize for science contributing to the well-being and understanding of the Ryukyu Islands, and in 2021, he was awarded the Narishige Prize by the Zoological Society of Japan in recognition of his unique research output.

Robert J Toonen

Research professor of Marine Biology at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean & Earth Sciences & Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rogerio R Sotelo-Mundo

Prof. Sotelo-Mundo contributes as an academic editor in PeerJ, PeerJ Inorganic. Chemistry and PeerJ Materials Science. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The University of Arizona (USA) with Prof. William Montfort. Back in Mexico in 1999 at Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (, Dr. Sotelo-Mundo has contributed to the biochemistry and structural biology of proteins from marine invertebrates. Being at a food science institute has applied biochemistry to food science and technology. Also, he collaborates in the materials science graduate program at Universidad de Sonora as a visiting professor, participating in research about macrocyclic biomimetic molecules. His research focuses on the structure and function of proteins related to disease, and the chemical structure of natural and synthetic molecules related to biomedical applications. The experimental approach is the crystallography of proteins and small molecules, along with biochemical and biophysical techniques. Our group collaborates with a range of groups from disciplines from genomics and metagenomics, biochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and material sciences. PubMed ResearchGate and Publons

Justin WL Keogh

A/Prof Keogh's primary research interests focus on the role of muscular hypertrophy, strength and power in functional performance; and how to optimise the transfer from training via motor learning principles. Portions of this research focus on strength and power sports such as strongman, powerlifting, rugby and Australian rules football. Considerable research also focuses on older adults with chronic diseases/geriatric conditions e.g. cancer and sarcopenia, with prostate cancer and residential aged care (nursing homes) being a focus. Some of the older adult research also uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine the perceived barriers, facilitators, risks and benefits of exercise in these chronic disease groups.

Donald L Kramer

Dr. Kramer is Professor Emeritus of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, now living in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of British Columbia in 1971. Following postdoctoral research at the University of Ghana and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he was hired by McGill University where he remained until his retirement. He was a founding co-editor of Behavioral Ecology. Research Interests: Habitat selection and spatial distribution, antipredator behavior, foraging, breathing strategies in hypoxic environments, with forays into a variety of other topics. Principal study organisms: fishes (especially in coral reef and tropical freshwater habitats) and sciurid rodents (deciduous temperate forests).

Yuriy L Orlov

Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2016). Professor at the Digital Health Institute, I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Moscow, Russia. Affiliated with Peoples' Friendship University of Russia in Moscow (RUDN). Head of Laboratory of computer genomics at Novosibirsk State University. Previously had work at Genome Institute of Singapore (2006-2011).
Main science interests are sequencing data analysis, bioinformatics, e-health and biomedical applications.
Other organizational and editorial work: Program Committee member of BGRS\SB (Bioinformatics of Genome Regulation and Structure \Systems Biology) conferences series (1998-2022). .