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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Claire B Paris

Claire Beatrix Paris is a Professor in the department of Ocean Science, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Director of the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab, she focuses on biophysical dispersion at sea, as well as the transport and fate of pollutants and oil spills from deep-sea blowout. Paris has brought recognition to the key role of behavior of the pelagic larval stage in the connectivity of marine populations and the function of ecosystems.

Paris has developed numerical and empirical tools for her laboratory’s research, both used worldwide: the Connectivity Modeling System (CMS) is an Open-Source Software (OSS) that virtually tracks biotic and abiotic particles in the ocean, and the Drifting In Situ Chamber (DISC) is a field instrument used to track the movement behavior of the early life history stages of marine organisms and detect the signals they use to orient and navigate.

Tanya Parish

Tanya Parish is the Senior VP of Drug Discovery at IDRI where she heads the TB Discovery Research group. Her work focuses on the discovery of new drugs that are effective at curing drug-sensitive and drug-resistant tuberculosis with the added goal of shortening the time it takes to cure disease. This encompasses a range of early stage drug discovery including drug target identification and validation, high throughput screening and medicinal chemistry. In addition, her group works to understand the pathogenic mechanisms and basic biology of the global pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis and using this information to inform drug discovery.

Tanya is a microbiologist by training, with a background in mycobacteriology. She received her PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research investigating gene regulation in mycobacteria followed by postdoctoral research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine studying several facets of the biology of M. tuberculosis. Until recently, she held an academic post as Professor of Mycobacteriology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and she is currently an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Univ. of Washington.

Tanya has edited several books on mycobacteria and published numerous papers on the basic biology and genetics of M. tuberculosis. She is Editor-in-Chief of Microbiology (UK), on the Editorial Board for PLOS One, PeerJ and Frontiers in Cell and Infection Microbiology.

Helen E Parkinson

Dr Helen Parkinson head of Molecular Archival Resources at EMBL-EBI and leads the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team, delivering databases, data integration tools and ontologies for biomedicine. She is also Interim Team Leader for the Variation Archive team. Trained as a geneticist, Helen's research focused on Drosophila biology, behaviour, molecular biology and medical genetics. Helen's passion is semantic data integration and providing users with useful data. Her team participates extensively in external collaborations ranging from data analysis and generation projects to infrastructural integration projects such as the ELIXIR initiatives BioMedBridges, CORBEL and EXELERATE. In collaboration with partners in the KOMP2 project and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, Helen's SPOT team manages, analyses, and distributes complex phenotypic data from knockout mouse lines and promotes mouse data integration internationally.They also develop open-source software tools for managing data, developing and integrating ontologies and data, and integrating semantic web technologies.

Prior to joining EMBL-EBI in 2000, Helen was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leicester, where she worked on the genetic basis of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, Hyphophatasia and synteny at human chromosomes 7 and 12. Her PhD thesis examined the temperature compensation of circadian rhythms in Drosophila with Professor Bambos Kyriacou.

Donovan H Parks

Donovan Parks holds a PhD in computer science and has developed a number of bioinformatic programs used by the research community including CheckM, STAMP, and GenGIS. He has expertise in bioinformatics relating to microbial ecology, phylogenetics, and genome-centric analyzes. He is currently working as a bioinformatic consultant with the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics where he is working on an initiative to resolve long-standing issues within bacterial and archaeal nomenclature and developing new tools for reconstructing and validating genomes obtained directly from environmental samples.

Diana C Parra

BA, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota Colombia, 2001
Specialist, Universidad del Rosario, 2003-2004
MPH, St. Louis University, 2008
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship, NUPENS, Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2014

Professional Activities:
World Public Health Nutrition Association American Public Health Association
International Society for Physical Activity and Health
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
International Epidemiology Association

Gabriela Parra Olea

Full time Professor at the Instituto de Biologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Lael Parrott

Dr. Lael Parrott is a Professor in Earth & Environmental Sciences, Geography, and Biology, Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES), and Leader of the Complex Environmental Systems Lab, at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Prior to joining UBC, she was an Associate Professor in Environmental Geography and Director of the Complex Systems Laboratory at Université de Montréal (2001-2012).

Janet F. Partridge

Associate Member, Dept. of Biochemistry, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Associate Professor at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Medicine

Annalisa Pastore

Worked in the groups of R.R.Ernst at ETH and I.D.Campbell at University of Oxford. Established the first NMR group at EMBL Heidelberg in 1992. Worked at the Medical Research Council NIMR in London, since 1997. EMBO fellow. At King's College London since 2013. She is EMBo and Academia Europaea member

Santosh K Patnaik

After completing my training as a physician, I enrolled in a Ph.D. program to become a biomedical researcher. My doctoral training, in the broad field of biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology, focused on mechanisms of glycosylation, which is altered in diseases such as cancer and neuromuscular dystrophy. My current primary research focus is on RNA editing, and on microRNAs.

Bob Patton

Dr Bob Patton is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University of Surrey. He has run a research consultancy since 1993. During the 90s he worked as a consultant for the Home Office Drugs Prevention Initiative and research associate in health promotion for the University of Northumbria. Based in London since 1997, he has held a variety of research positions at Kings College London, Royal Holloway, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College, Surrey University and the Maudsley Hospital. He has also served as the Vice-Chair (Research) for the BPS Division for Teachers and Researchers and been a member of the BPS Research Board.

Werner Paulus

Professor of Neuropathology.
Director, Institute of Neuropathology, University Hospital Münster, Germany.

Editor-in-Chief, Acta Neuropathologica.
Editor-in-Chief, Acta Neuropathologica Communications.

Past President, German Society of Neuropathology and Neuroanatomy.
Parkinson Prize, German Association of Neurology.
Rubinstein Award, American Association of Neuropathologists

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