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.

Pankaj Jaiswal

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU). Dr. Jaiswal is a co-founder and lead investigator of the Plant Ontology Consortium ( project and the common reference ontology for plant biology project ( He co-leads the development of one of world’s largest online portal on comparative plant genomics, the Gramene database with his principal responsibility of developing a Plant Gene Networks called Plant Reactome ( His research involves studying systems biology and plant gene networks associated with drought and salinity abiotic stress responses in agricultural and biofuel feedstock plants.

Beth Jefferies

Beth is a Professor of Psychology at the University of York, UK. Her research seeks to understand the neural basis of semantic cognition and language, and disorders affecting these aspects of cognition. She uses multiple neuroscientific methods, including neuropsychology, neuroimaging (MEG, fMRI) and brain stimulation to investigate how concepts are represented and flexibly retrieved.

Ji Hoon Jeong

Associated professor in college of medicine, Chung-Ang university.

Paul C Jepson

The Director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University and Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, State IPM Coordinator for Oregon and Associate Director of the Western IPM Center. Leads an international research and extension program in agriculture, leading to a sustainable intensification of production that contributes to food security.

Peirong Jiao

Associate Professor of Animal Infectious Diseases,College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, China.Ph.D in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences. His research interests focus on the pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology and host innate immune responses of avian influenza viruses in mammal and poultry, and development of new vaccine and diagnostic methods for animal pathogens.

Lydia Jimenez-Diaz

Principal investigator of several projects at international, national and regional level, and has participated in over 20 research projects as a partner. Currently co-director of two doctoral courses on the brain regions associated with memory storage and Alzheimer's disease. Research is focused on the molecular and cellular basis of synaptic plasticity processes in the Central Nervous System.

Malcolm Jobling

Professor of Fish Biology and Aquaculture. Authored and edited books on fish biology, physiology and nutrition, and aquaculture, and serving editorial board member for fisheries and aquaculture journals. Formerly, member of EUCost, ICES and academic society steering committees.

Magnus L Johnson

I am a marine scientist with eclectic interests including crustacean biology and fisheries, fisheries management generally, krill swimming behaviour, cleaner fish, diver interactions with reefs, the relationship of marine commensals and their hosts and the eyes of shrimps. I work in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Hull. I am a collaborator in ICE-T with the Oxford University Natural History Museum. I am a PADI instructor and a member of the UK Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee.

Blake W Johnson

Dr Blake W Johnson is Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of Research in Hearing and Cognition at Macquarie University. Dr Johnson's research uses functional neuroimaging techniques, particularly magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate the neural bases of cognition and its disorders. His current work examines auditory and cognitive brain function in children using a novel paediatric MEG instrument customised to fit the smaller heads of preschool-aged children.

Charles D Johnson

Dr. Johnson received his BS and PhD from Texas A&M University; in between he received his MS from Clemson University. His postdoc was at University of Louisville, resulting in an appointment as associate director of bioinformatics for the Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine at University of Louisville. From there he founded the statistics and bioinformatics division at Ambion/Asuragen Inc. Following his time at Asuragen, Dr. Johnson founded BioMath Solutions LLC, a bioinformatics focused start-up. Currently he is Executive Director of the center of Bioinformatics and Genomic System Engineering at Texas A&M University and is Director of Genomics and Bioinformatics at Texas A&M AgriLife

David W Johnston

Dave Johnston is a biological oceanographer and marine conservation ecologist whose research focuses on the habitat needs of marine vertebrates in relation to pressing conservation issues.

Eija Jokitalo

Research Director of Electron Microscopy Unit and Group leader of Morphological determinants of the endoplasmic reticulum –group within the Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki. Chair of EM Consortium, National Imaging Infrastructure Network, Biocenter Finland Technology Platform.

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