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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Conor P O'Byrne

Director of the Bacterial Stress Response Group, Senior lecturer in Microbiology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The research focus in my group is on the molecular mechanisms that food-borne bacterial pathogens use to sense and respond to harsh conditions in their environment. Pathogens encounter major physicochemical changes as they transition from food into the host, particularly in relation to pH, osmolarity, oxygen concentration, light and temperature. Understanding how pathogenic bacteria detect and respond to these changes is critical if we are to devise sensible strategies to prevent their entry into the food chain and to prevent infections from arising in the human population. In my laboratory we study two important food-borne pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli.

Wayne A. O'Connor

Dr O’Connor is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Research Leader for Aquaculture at Fisheries New South Wales’ Port Stephens Fisheries Institute. His undergraduate studies were undertaken at Newcastle University and he received his PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney, working on aspects of scallop physiology and reproductive biology. He has 30 years experience in Aquaculture research and has worked on a variety programs including algal culture and the development of propagation techniques for a number of molluscs such as oysters (edible and pearl), scallops, mussels and clams. Currently, Dr O’Connor leads molluscan research programs that range from the development of selective breeding techniques and triploid induction to environmental impact and ecotoxicological evaluations. Dr O'Connor is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Aquaculture and Aquaculture Research. Molluscan Research and Water. He is a Conjoint Professor in Life Sciences at Newcastle University, an Adjunct Professor in Genecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University.

Lorraine O'Driscoll

Lorraine O'Driscoll (BSc(Hons, Pharm), MSc(Res, Clin Pharm), MA(Ed), PhD(Biotech), FTCD) Lorraine holds a BSc(Hons),pharmacology; MSc(Res), clinical pharmacology; MA, education; PhD, biotechnology. In 2012, she was elected to Fellowship in TCD. Following her PhD, Lorraine undertook biotechnology/biomedical research for US and EU industry (including Berlex; Archport Ltd-Axonobel; MediSyn Ltd; MedaNova Ltd.) before returning to academia. At post-doctoral level, she gained experience at the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Institute and University of Miami. Prior to joining TCD in 2008, Lorraine most recently held the position of Senior Research Programme Leader and Lecturer in School of Biotechnology, DCU.

Her research group focuses on diagnostic, prognostic and predictive biomarkers; discovering new therapeutic targets; cancer cells communication via exosomes, microvesicles and CTCs; elucidating and circumventing resistance to targets agents and classical chemotherapy; associations between obesity, metabolic syndrome and cancer.

She has been a P.I. on 5 cancer clinical trials with ICORG. She is TCD's Principal Investigator on SFI-supported Molecular Therapeutics for Cancer Ireland; Strand Leader of Irish Cancer Society-supported Breast-PREDICT; and P.I. and Chair, H2020-supported European Network Cooperation in Science and Technology focussed on Exosomes & Microvesicles in Health & Disease which brings together researchers from around the world, in academia and industry.

Luke O'Neill

Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin & Academic Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. Awards include the Royal Irish Academy Medal for Biochemistry, The Irish Society for Immunology medal, the Royal Dublin Society/Irish Times Boyle medal for Scientific Excellence & the Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year Award. Co-founder and director of Opsona Therapeutics. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Immunity & Infection panel of the European Research Council

Zoran Obradovic

Zoran Obradovic is L.H. Carnell Professor of Data Analytics at Temple University, Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences with a secondary appointment in Statistics, and is the Director of the Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics. He is an Academician at the Academia Europaea (link is external) (the Academy of Europe) and a Foreign Academician at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (link is external). He is the executive editor at the journal on Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, which is the official publication of the American Statistical Association and is an editorial board member at eleven journals. He was the chair at the SIAM Activity Group on Data Mining and Analytics for 2014 and 2015 years, was co-chair for 2013 and 2014 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining and was the program or track chair at many data mining and biomedical informatics conferences. His work is published in more than 300 articles and is cited more than 15,000 times (H-index 48).

Audrey R Odom John

Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO.
Department of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases). Department of Microbiology.

The primary research goals of our lab are to understand the biological functions of specific metabolic pathways in the malaria parasite--that is, to understand what the parasite needs to make, and why it needs to make it.

Jörg Oehlmann

Graduated as Dr. rer. nat. at University Münster in 1994. Habilitation at the International Graduate School Zittau in 1998. 2001-2004: Full professor (C3) for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since 2004 full professor (C4) for Aquatic Ecotoxicology at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Head of the Department Aquatic Ecotoxicology and the Master's Programme in Environmental Sciences at Goethe University.

Primary research interests: Biological effects monitoring, endocrine active chemicals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment, effects of microplastics on aquatic organisms, development of an integrated water resource management.

Charles Ofria

Professor of Computer Science at Michigan State University; Director of the Digital Evolution Laboratory and Deputy Director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

Charles Ofria director of the Digital Evolution Laboratory. He conducts research on evolution in artificial systems and applies the results to problems in computer science and evolutionary biology. He developed Avida, a software-based research platform consisting of populations of 'digital organisms used in biological research. His work has been published in Science and Nature and his research has received international media attention in forums such as Discover Magazine, National Geographic, CNN, the BBC, New Scientist, and the New York Times.

Shujiro Okuda

Associate Professor of Niigata University, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
Research Professor of Institute for Research Promotion, Niigata University

Michael F Olson

Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and Professor of Molecular Oncology in the Institute of Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Professor Olson's lab has focused on characterizing how Rho GTPase signalling pathways contribute to cancer, with the ultimate goal of identifying critical elements that could be targeted with small molecule inhibitors. Editor in Chief of the journal Small GTPases, and on the editorial boards of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Journal of Molecular Medicine, PLoS One, Scientific Reports. Science Proceedings, F1000 Research, Open Biological Sciences and PeerJ. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Masahiro Ono

Dr Masahiro Ono was originally trained as a dermatologist, and later specialised in molecular and systems immunology. He obtained his PhD in 2006 on autoimmunity and regulatory T cells, and thereafter, worked on the molecular mechanism of the transcription factor Foxp3, revealing the interaction of Foxp3 and the transcription factor Runx1 and their transcriptional mechanisms. In 2009, he obtained a Human Frontier Science Program Long-Term Fellowship, and joined University College London (UCL). Thus he extended his expertise to genomics and systems analysis, establishing a new multidimensional framework for visualising transcriptomic data and unravelling complex processes in T cell differentiation. In 2012, he was awarded a prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) David Phillips Fellowship, thereby established his lab in UCL. In 2015, he was appointed to a proleptic Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial. He is conducting multidisciplinary projects on the transcriptional programme of T cell memory and immune regulation.

Brenda Oppert

University of Texas at El Paso (9/75-8/78), B.S. in Biology, 1978
University of Texas at El Paso (1/83-12/86), M.S. in Biology, 1986
Kansas State University (8/86-5/91), Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 1991

• Research Molecular Biologist (GS-15), CGAHR, Manhattan, KS (4/91-present)
• Adjunct Professor, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University (1/99-present)

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