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. We will continue to add to the board of Academic Editors and are seeking qualified and diverse academics who share our vision.

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 2011, he was a visiting professor at the ETH Zürich. 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

Oi-Ming Lai

Professor in Enzyme Technology, Department of Bioprocess Technology, Faculty of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Lead editor of "Palm Oil: Production, processing,characterization and uses", co editor of "Healthful Lipids". Awards include WIPO's Best Invention by Woman Award in 2008 in Brussels, Belgium. Sits on the Editorial Board of the Food and Bioprocess Technology Journal and is a fellow of the Institute of Bioscience, UPM.

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.

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.

Blanca B Landa

Ph.D. Agricultural Engineer, Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, and University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain. July, 1999.
Population biology and biogeography of soilborne pathogens and biocontrol angents in the rhizosphere. Integrated control of plant pathogens; Rhizosphere microbial ecology; Biocontrol; Molecular diagnosis; Metagenomic analysis of microbial populations.

Nicoletta Landsberger

University of Insubria

N Landsberger is associate professor in Molecular Biology at the University of Insubria (Italy).
Even though her previous research domain was in chromatin structure and gene transcription, actually the research activity supervised by N.L. is exclusively dedicated to MECP2 and CDKL5 related disorders, focusing on the molecular roles of the two proteins, the signaling pathways controlling their activity, the identification of target genes and the development of novel cellular and animal models.

Robert Lanfear

Senior lecturer in genomics, Macqaurie University, Sydney. Research areas bridge spatial and temporal scales: from mutations that occur within a single individual over a few decades, to the long-term evolution of globally-distributed clades of species over millions of years. Also interested in theoretical aspects of molecular evolution, and the development of new statistical methods and software to analyse huge DNA datasets.

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