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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Susanne E la Fleur

Associate Professor at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor at Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7. Our group is working on unravelling the mechanistic link between diet composition and the development of obesity and diabetes as a first step towards better understanding the pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, focussing on the role of the brain.

Sharon La Fontaine

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Group Leader, Deakin University; Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Sharon's research has been funded by the NHMRC and ARC and is focused on the biology of the copper and its role in health and disease. Sharon has held research positions at The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and at UCLA, USA, was a recipient of a prestigious NHMRC R.D. Wright Award and has published widely in internationally recognised journals. Sharon is a strong advocate for student professional development and career mentoring within the biomedical sciences and medical research through her University teaching and her work on the Victorian Branch of The Australian Society for Medical Research.

Nicole L La Gruta

Assoc. Prof La Gruta's research focuses on understanding the key determinants of effective antiviral CD8+ T cell responses, both with respect to magnitude and TCR usage. She is also interested in how thymic selection influences the composition of naive epitope-specific T cell populations.

Floris P.J.G. Lafeber

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, University Medical Centre Utrecht. Manager of research and head of research laboratory of the department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, UMCU. In addition to organization, initiation, and facilitation research of the department, there is a personal interest in a unique treatment of severe osteoarthritis being joint distraction, and in a unique animal model of osteoarthritis being the canine Groove model.

Denis LJ Lafontaine

Denis L.J. Lafontaine received a research MSc (1991) and a PhD (1995) in Molecular Biology & Genetics from the University of Namur (Belgium) under the supervision of Prof Jean Vandenhaute. He conducted post-doctoral training (1995-2001) with Prof David Tollervey in the Gene Expression program at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL, Heidelberg) and The Welcome Trust Center for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Denis was recruited to a permanent position with the Belgian F.R.S./FNRS in 2001, and since then has worked as a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular Biology & Medecine at the University of Brussels. In 2012 and 2015, he co-organized the International Ribosome Synthesis Meeting in Banff, Canada and Brussels, respectively. Denis is currently a Professor at the University of Brussels and a Research Director with the F.R.S./FNRS. He is a co-founder and co-director of a preclinical imaging center, the Center for Microscopy and Molecular Imaging (Cmmi). He is involved in an international Master on RNA Biochemistry at the University of Lorraine and is acting as a referee for journals in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and for international funding agencies.
Keywords: RNA biology; Ribosome; RNA processing; RNA modification; Nucleolus

Susanta Lahiri

Professor Susanta Lahiri is a highly visible radiochemist of international fame. He has made pioneering contribution in heavy ion assisted production of clinically important radionuclides. However, his interest has been diversified in the areas of environmental radioactivity, green chemistry, cosmochemical analysis, bioaccumulation studies, speciation studies, as well as trace analysis. Currently he is working as Senior Professor at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Calcutta in 1994 and the University of Calcutta conferred upon him a D.Sc degree in 2009.

Professor Lahiri received the highest international honour in the field of Nuclear and Radiochemistry, the Hevesy Medal Award in 2015 and became the first Indian to receive the award in the history of ~50 years. The award was instituated in 1968 in honour of Nobel Laureate George de Hevesy. Earlier he received the prestigious associateship of Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) twice. He also received Professor J. C. Ghosh Memorial Award (2014) by Indian Chemical Society.

Professor Lahiri is the editorial board member of JRNC and Radiochimica Acta. He is also the member of CERN Medicis programme. He has more than 220 publications in international peer reviewed journal and 270 reports in international and national conference. He has guided 13 Ph. D students (including on board students).

Daniel J. G. Lahr

I am interested in an array of questions regarding protistan evolution and diversity. I have worked in protistology since my 1st undergraduate year, then did a masters in taxonomy of testate amoebae and a PhD in evolutionary biology, focusing on amoebozoans. My research focuses on constructing phylogenetic trees to answer broad questions in the evolutionary biology of microbes.

Anna-Liisa Laine

Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. Currently appointed as Academy Research Fellow. PI in Centre of Excellence in Research on Metapopulation Biology. Academic editor for PLOS ONE and member the editorial board of Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Elizabeth G. Laird

Academic Editor PLoS ONE. Recipient of the 2006 Rupert Timpl Award from the International Society for Matrix Biology.

My research goals are to characterise the mechanisms of collagenous tissue development, repair and renewal. Current research interests include understanding the dynamics of collagen synthesis and turnover, the role of stem cells in musculoskeletal homeostasis and the role of glucose in musculoskeletal ageing. Tissues of interest are primarily tendon and ligament but include cartilage, bone, cornea and intervertebral disc, as well as fibrotic tissue.
This research is important because age-related degeneration and loss of function in musculoskeletal tissues is associated with chronic joint pain, limited movement, tendinopathy, ligament damage, intervertebral disc degeneration and osteoarthritis. There is both a loss of tissue integrity and propensity to fibrosis indicating that homeostasis of the collagenous extracellular matrix is lost with age. Understanding the molecular processes that create functional musculoskeletal tissues during development and growth, and which malfunction or cease to operate in aged tissues is key to developing new strategies for tissue engineering, to activate intrinsic stem cell repair mechanisms and to develop beneficial pharmaceutical, dietary or exercise-based interventions in an increasingly aged society.

Angie R Laird

Dr. Laird received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 2002, and was a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio from 2004-2012. She is currently an Associate Professor in Physics at Florida International University in Miami. Her neuroimaging and neuroinformatics research program is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.

Renaud Lambiotte

Renaud Lambiotte is professor in the department of Mathematics of the University of Namur. He is interested in different aspects of complex systems, with a particular focus on complex networks. His recent research includes the development of algorithms to uncover information in large-scale networks, the study of empirical data in social and neuronal systems, and the mathematical modelling of human mobility and diffusion on networks.

Michael G LaMontagne

Ph.D. Biology, Boston University. NATO Advanced Study Institute: Molecular Ecology of Aquatic Microbes. NASA Planetary Biology Intern at the Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Marine Biological Laboratory, Summer Course in Microbial Diversity, Woods Hole, MA

Research Projects include: Microbial Ecology; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Metagenomics; Microbial Discovery; Biogeochemistry.

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