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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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Leondios G Kostrikis

Professor Leondios Kostrikis is a Professor at University of Cyprus. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University and his post-doctoral training at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center of Rockefeller University. He joined the Rockefeller University as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and the University of Cyprus as Professor in 2003. He was a Fulbright, Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Aaron Diamond Foundation scholar. He has directed over twenty competitive grants from the NIH and the European Commission and he is an Editorial Board member for eleven international journals.

Marta Kostrouchova

Principal Investigator, Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Albertov 4, 128 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic
& Senior Scientist, Biotechnological center Biocev. Specializes in the biology of Caenorhabditis elegans and other Rhabditidae and regulation of gene expression by nuclear receptors.

Genomics and Molecular Biology of Caenorhabditis elegans, regulation of gene expression by nuclear receptors in nematodes.

Alla S. Kostyukova

Associate Professor at Voiland School of Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering. Former director of the Circular Dichroism facility at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ.

Nikos Koutsias

Nikos Koutsias is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, Greece, where he gives courses about remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis. He obtained his diploma degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Aegean, his M.Sc. degree in Environmental and Renewable Resources, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He held a post doctorate position at Geographic Information Systems division (GIS) in the Department of Geography, University of Zurich.

He has been working in the field of remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis with special emphasis on wildland fires, forestry, ecology and other natural hazards for the last 25 years. He has participated in national and European projects and is the recent recipient of a Marie Curie Individual Scholarship.

Margaret J. Kovach

My primary research interest is in mammalian genomics: the identification and functional characterization of genes. In particular, I am interested in genome organization and chromatin structure and their influences on nuclear functions such as DNA replication, chromosome segregation and gene expression. This is an extremely exciting field of research that has become practical and manageable with the completion of the human and mouse genome sequencing projects.

Neil W. Kowall

Professor of Neurology and Pathology and Director, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Boston University School of Medicine; Chief Neurology and Director of the VA New England Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Boston Healthcare System.

Daisuke Koyabu

Dai Koyabu is an Associate Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Artistic Anatomy at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. He was educated at Kyoto University, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Tokyo, and had postdoctoral training at University of Zurich. His research focuses on the anatomy, evolution and development of the mammalian cranium. Editorial Board of Mammalian Biology and of Morphomuseum. Recommender for PCI Paleontology. Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (ISVM).

Brian Kraatz

Brian received a B.A. in Geology from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1996. He completed an M.S. in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Wyoming in 2001, and a Ph.D in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, where he remains affiliated as a Research Associate. Since 2009 he has been an Assistant then Associate Professor of Anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences.

American Museum of Natural History Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007
George D. Louderback Award in Paleontology, University of California Museum of Paleontology, 2006
Annie Alexander Fellowship, University of California Museum of Paleontology, 2006
NSF Graduate GK-12 Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley Natural History Museums, 2004 – 2006
Outstanding Master’s Thesis, The University of Wyoming, 2001
Outstanding Masters Student, The University of Wyoming, Department of Geology and Geophysics, 2001

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).

Susanne Krauss-Etschmann

Main research Interests:
A) Asthma is a major cause of morbidity in the Western world but curative therapies do not exist. Hence, we aim to understand how early life environmental exposures modify lung development development and the risk of developing asthma throughout life. We use animal models of prenatal exposure to tobacco/nicotine products and human samples.
B) The importance of a steady-state balance of resident and non-resident bacterial communities for human health is increasingly appreciated. Yet, factors driving the composition of such microbial communities remain poorly understood. Therefore, we currently investigate the influence of smoke on the structure and functionality of the lung microbiome and its interaction with the lung health.
Currently Funded Projects
2012 – 2016 Chair of COST Action BM1201 “Developmental origins of Chronic Lung Disease”
2013 – 2016 Understanding the role of the lung microbiome for human health and diseases”, HMGU Environmental Health Projects, Co-PI until move to University of Kiel; Project currently continued on a collaborative basis.
Since 2013 – 2018 PI within German Center for Lung Research
2016 - 2018 Chair of “The lung Microbiota at the Interface between airway epithelium and the environment” funded by the Leibniz Association

Ingrid Kreissig

University Professor, MD; Professor h.c. of Ufa Eye Research Institute; Adjunct Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University, USA; Professor of Ophthalmology, Dept. of Ophthalmology Univ. of Mannheim, Heidelberg, Germany. Former Chairman of Department of Ophthalmology University of Tuebingen, Germany. Author of 3 books on Retinal Detachment Surgery.

Dora B. Krimer

Staff Scientist at the Spanish National Research Council, CSIC. Our research group at the Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (CIB) focuses on DNA topology and chromatin organization. I have also a strong interest in gene regulation during erythroleukemia cell differentiation.