Advisory Board and Editors Genomics

Mark C Enright

2015 – date Professor of Medical Microbiology, School of Healthcare Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
2013 – 2015 Consultant and Lead advisor to Synthetic Genomics Vaccine Inc. La Jolla, CA. USA
2011 – 2014 Visiting Professor, University of Bath, UK
2010 – 2012 Research Director, AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation, Sharnbrook, UK and Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, Richmond, USA
2008 – 2010 Director, Intelligent Fabric Technologies PLC
2005 – 2010 Reader then Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
2000 – 2005 Reader / Senior research fellow, University of Bath, UK
1997 - 2000 Postdoctoral research fellow - University of Oxford, UK

A. Murat Eren

I am a computer scientist and a microbial ecologist. I develop algorithms and software platforms to make sense of the ecology of microbes through marker genes, metagenomes, and metatranscriptomes.

Marcial Escudero

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Ecology, University of Seville (Spain). Past postdoctoral researcher at Doñana Biological Station (CSIC, Seville, Spain), at the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago (Illionois, USA) and at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, Illinois, USA). Past PhD student at University Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain).

Lynnette R. Ferguson

Early studies (Oxford University) on DNA damage, DNA repair, mutagenesis in yeast. Current 50% Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, Mutagenicity testing to predict carcinogenesis, 50% Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, The University of Auckland. Studies gene-diet interactions in the development of chronic disease (e.g. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, prostate cancer). 2004-2014, Programme leader of Nutrigenomics New Zealand, bringing nutrigenomics tools to food development in New Zealand.

Jorge MO Fernandes

Professor in Genomics and Molecular Biology. My main research interests are antimicrobial peptides, microRNAs and the epigenetic regulation of myogenic gene networks by environmental factors, such as temperature and photoperiod. Recipient of the “outstanding young investigator award” from the Research Council of Norway in 2008. Founder of the Genomics in Aquaculture biennial symposium. Academic editor of Marine Genomics, Fisheries Science and Acta Histochemica.

Dina M Fonseca

Professor of Entomology, teaches courses in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Population Genetics, researches the ecology and evolution of invasive species and does extension research on ways to control invasive mosquitoes. B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Geneticist at the Smithsonian where she is still a Research Associate, then Assistant Curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences, joined Rutgers University in 2007.

Alistair Forrest

Professor of Systems Biology and Genomics at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Studies transcriptional regulatory networks, cell-to-cell communication networks. Was scientific coordinator of the FANTOM5 project while based at RIKEN. Uses next generation sequencing protocols RNA-seq, Cap Analysis of Gene Expression, ChIP-seq etc and bioinformatic approaches to study transcriptional regulation.

M. Pilar Francino

M. P. Francino studied Biology at the National University of Mexico and obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester (New York), working on analyses of rates and patterns of DNA sequence evolution in bacteria and primates. She conducted postdoctoral research in bacterial genetics as an EMBO Fellow at the University of Paris. After that, she served as a Research Scientist at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) for five years, and was Head of the JGI Evolutionary Genomics Program from 2007 to 2009. Since 2009, she is a Senior Scientist at the Genomics and Health Department of FISABIO-Public Health in Valencia, and has been Head of the Department since 2012. Her current research focuses on the metagenomic analysis of human microbiome communities, in particular on understanding the development of the gut microbiota in infants. Work in her group analyzes the taxonomic composition, coding capabilities and gene expression patterns of the gut microbial community at different stages during infancy, as well as the relationships of these features with infant health. In addition, she is also interested in understanding the forces that shape the structure, organization and evolution of genomes. In previous and current work, she has addressed genome and molecular evolution subjects at different scales, ranging from the impact of mutational biases during DNA sequence evolution, to the evolution of new genes and their regulatory regions and the coevolution of different genomic traits.

Uta Francke

Uta Francke is Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics, Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine. Past President, American Society of Human Genetics; Past President, International Federation of Human Genetics Societies; March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics. Recipient of the William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics. Senior Medical Director, 23andMe, Inc.

Terry Furey

Associate Professor in the Departments of Genetics and Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Carolina Center for Genome Sciences at UNC-CH. Research focus includes computational analyses and interpretation of high-throughput sequence data from regulatory genomics assays in the context of complex traits and disease.

Jianye Ge

Dr. Jianye Ge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forensics and Investigative Genetics at University of North Texas Health Science Center. His research relates primarily to forensic genetics, bioinformatics, and data mining. The software programs he developed have been used by multiple Federal and State government agencies. His current research projects include DNA based familial searching, Low Copy Number DNA evidence interpretation, lineage markers, etc.

Mikhail S. Gelfand

Vice-Director for Science at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems. Professor of Bioinformatics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Member of Academia Europaea. Recipient of the 2007 Baev Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Member of Editorial Boards of PLoS Biology, Journal of Bacteriology, BMC Bioinformatics, Biology Direct.