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.

Tiziana Vaisitti

Dr. Vaisitti has been working in the field of CLL since she started her PhD program studying the role of CD38 in the biology and pathogenesis of CLL. She continued the training in hematology/oncology obtaining a 3-year fellowship from the Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC), with a project aimed at analysing and dissecting the molecular mechanisms regulating leukemic proliferation and homing. Dr. Vaisitti spent several periods in Italian and foreign laboratories as a visiting scientist including a period at Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore-Long Island Jewish (NY) and a period at the Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology, Cardiff University (UK). Recently, Dr. Vaisitti spent 2 years as a visiting fellow at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (NY), to set up patient-derived xenograft models of CLL and Richter syndrome, and also investigate the functional impact of novel drugs.

In the last 5 years, Dr. Vaisitti’s research has been focused on two main topics. The first one is the functional analysis of genes found recurrently mutated in chronic lymphoproliferative syndromes. Attention has been focused on NOTCH1, SF3B1, BIRC3 and NOTCH2. These works were done in a joint collaboration with the group of Prof. Gaidano (University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy). The second topic is the discovery and analysis of host microenvironmental conditions that favor leukemic development and progression.

Alfonso JR Valencia

Bioinformatician with a background in biology (genetics and biophysics). Director of the Structural Biology and Biocomputing Programme of the Spanish Cancer Research Institute (CNIO). Director of the Spanish Bioinformatics Institute (INB) and Executive Editor of the journal "Bioinformatics" (OUP). Founder member and elected Fellow of the International Society for Comptuational Biology (ISCB). Member of EMBO.

Lil E. Valentin

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lund University, Sweden. Fellow ad eundum of the Royal Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (UK). Former editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Former chairman and secretary of the Swedish society of medical ultrasound. Member of European Committee for Medical Ultrasound Safety, member of Clinical Standards Committe of International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Giorgio Vallortigara

Giorgio Vallortigara is Professor of Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento, Italy, and he has been an Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at the University of New England, Australia.
He is the author of over 250 scientific papers (with more than 11900 citations overall; h-index: 53 Scopus; 62 Google Scholar), most in the area of animal cognition and comparative neuroscience. He discovered the first evidence of functional brain asymmetry in the so-called “lower” vertebrate species (fish, amphibians); he also worked on comparative cognition, in particular on visual perception of biological motion, and spatial and number cognition. He served in the editorial boards of several cognitive science and neuroscience journals, he is co-editor of the journal “Laterality: Asymmetries of Brain, Body and Cognition” and has been the recipient of several awards.
His major research interest is the study of cognition in a comparative and evolutionary perspective, with particular reference to the mechanisms underlying the use of geometry in spatial navigation and the origins of number and object cognition in the animal brain. He also studied extensively the evolution of the asymmetry of the brain.

Jana Vamosi

I am a biodiversity scientist examining the macroevolution, macroecology, community ecology, and conservation biology of plants. I often incorporate phylogenetic approaches to questions pertaining to the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions.

Yves Van de Peer

Professor of Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at the Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University. Deputy Director of VIB at the Department of Plant Systems Biology. Associate editor of, amongst others, The Plant Journal, BMC Bioinformatics, Advances in Bioinformatics, Genome Biology and Evolution, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, and PeerJ.

Dominique Van Der Straeten

Professor of Plant Physiology, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium. Director of the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology. Head of the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University. Member of the Expert Panel Functional Biology of the Research Foundation-Flanders.

Francois H van der Westhuizen

Francois van der Westhuizen is currently a Professor of Biochemistry at the School for Physical and Chemical Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. He received his PhD (1998) at this institution, with post-doctoral and sabbatical research experiences at Nijmegen Centre for Mitochondrial Disorders, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, and the Mitochondrial Research Group, Newcastle University, respectively. His research focusses on the aetiology of mitochondrial disease in the South African population; cell biological responses (transcriptomics and metabolomics) in mitochondrial disease models; and the involvement of mitochondrial bioenergetics and mtDNA genetics in non-communicable diseases.

Marjolein van Egmond

Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, and Principle Investigator at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology, VU University Medical Center. Group leader of the research group 'Oncology and Inflammation'.

Walter M. van Gulik

Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

Yolanda van Heezik

Associate Professor in the Zoology Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, with an interest in urban ecology and seabird ecology. Worked as a wildlife biologist in the Middle East and Southern Africa.

Luc Van Kaer

The Elizabeth and John Shapiro Professor of Pathology and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Deputy Editor for The Journal of Immunology, Consulting Editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Director of the Microbiology and Immunology Course for medical students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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