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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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.

Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (2004)
Elizabeth Warrington Prize - British Neuropsychological Society (2008)
Cortex Prize - Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology (2010)

Michael A Jenkins

I am an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. Previously, I was a vegetation ecologist with the National Park Service for ten years. My research focuses on the effects of disturbance and invasive species on forests ecosystems. My scale of focus ranges from the population to the landscape scale and I work with data from both long-term plot networks and field experiments.

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.

Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco

Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University. Ph.D. in Crop Protection (2001) from the University of Córdoba, Spain. M. Eng. in Agricultural Sciences and Engineering (1997)

Research interests: population genetics, phylogenetics, population biology of plant-associated microorganisms,ecology of soilborne fungi (Verticillium dahliae and Fusarium oxysporum), emergence and evolution of plant pathogenicity and virulence.

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.

Sophia C. Johannessen

Dr. Johannessen is a geochemical oceanographer. Her research interests range from light and underwater weather at the top of the ocean to burial and reworking of sediments at the bottom. She has worked in the Mid-Atlantic Bight, the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Currently she works in the coastal waters of British Columbia.

Recent research topics

– the effects of climate change on coastal waters
– the footprint of municipal wastewater in the Strait of Georgia
– the potential for carbon sequestration by seagrass meadows (“Blue Carbon”)
– controls on subsurface oxygen, nitrogen and ocean acidification in coastal waters
– the sinking and burial of particles and organic carbon
– the effect of photochemical oxidation (burning of organic matter in seawater by sunlight) on the ability of phytoplankton blooms to draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide
-interpreting contaminant profiles in marine sediments

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, developing software for genomic technology companies. 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

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