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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Amir A. Zadpoor

Amir Zadpoor studied Biomed Eng for his MSc and obtained his PhD (cum laude) from Delft Univ. Tech. He joined the Dept. Biomech. Eng. to work in the area of tissue biomechanics and implants in 2010 and started a research lab focusing on biomaterials, orthopedics, and biomechanics of tissues and implants. Amir is on the review and editorial board of several journals and has published many peer-reviewed article. He recently received the prestigious ERC and Veni personal grants.

Myrka Zago

Myrka Zago (PhD) is Research Director of the Laboratory of Visuomotor Control and Gravitational Physiology at Fondazione Santa Lucia. She is an expert in visuomotor control, gravitational physiology and physiology of locomotion.

Barbara Zambelli

Barbara Zambelli graduated cum laude in Biotechnology in 2002 at the University of Bologna. She carried out her pre-doctoral research activity at the Department of Agro-Environmental Science and Technology, under the supervision of Prof. S. Ciurli, studying the biochemical and structural properties of proteins involved in intracellular nickel trafficking. She obtained the Ph.D. degree at the University of Bologna in 2006. As a Ph.D. student, she spent few months working at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Gent (Belgium), under the supervision of Prof. Jozef Van Beeumen. In 2005 she was awarded an EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Short Term Fellowship, to visit the EMBL of Hamburg and to do research - crystallization experiments of metallo-proteins - under the supervision of Dr. Paul Tucker. From 2006 to 2008 she carried out a post-doctoral work within the project “Intracellular nickel trafficking through the interactions with specific nickel-chaperones”. From November 2008, she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology of the University of Bologna.
Her research work is focused on the structural and molecular properties of proteins involved in metal homeostasis. In particular, she is interested in the proteins involved in the regulation of nickel metabolism, at the level of transcription and of post-translation.

Massimiliano Zanin

Principal Researcher at the Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute, Madrid, Spain
& Researcher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

My interest is mainly focus on the application of modelling tools (and especially complex networks theory and data mining) to a wide range of problems, from the air transport to the interactions within cells.

Janos Zempleni

The Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Director of the Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics. Funded by NIH and NIFA/USDA. Member of AAAS, American Society for Nutrition, American Society of Physiology, Society for Experiemental Biology and Medicine, Sigma Xi, and Gamma Sigma Delta. Research interest in nutritional epigenetics, gene regulation, cell differentiation, and genome stability.

Melanie J.B. Zeppel

Dr Zeppel is a Senior Research Fellow in GenIMPACT, the National Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine, at Macquarie University.

Her current research involves genomics, bioinformatics, and precision medicine, using microsimulation modelling of productivity and health economics. Current projects include genomic medicine and childhood cancer, preconception carrier screening, eye diseases such as retinoblastoma, modelling the impact on productivity, of various conditions such as osteoarthritis.

She recently transitioned to genomic medicine from plant biology, and thus has a broad range of experience from plant physiology and climate change, to human health and modelling the impact of genomic medicine on various diseases.

Melanie was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA, from 2012-2016, to examine the response of plants to changes in timing of precipitation. She also published on response of trees to extreme precipitation, where rainfall occurs as larger, less frequent rain events.

Melanie's previous research involved measuring and modelling how trees and forests respond to changing climatic conditions, including changing the timing and seasonality of rainfall, drought and elevated CO2. Specifically, she has measured the response of plants to drought, and elevated CO2 within remnant forests, and glasshouses. She has also quantified long-term tree water use during and after drought.

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is Scientific Head of Mammalian Development and Stem Cells Group, University of Cambridge, Professor of Mammalian Development and
Stem Cell Biology, Department of Physiology, Development &
Neuroscience, University of Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow.

Xiaodong Zhang

Xiaodong Zhang graduated from Peking University in 1988, majoring in Nuclear Physics. She then went to Stony Brook University to pursue her PhD in Physics in the group of Professor Janos Kirz . After her PhD in 1995, she went to Harvard University for her postdoctoral training in X-ray crystallography under the guidance of Professor Don Wiley. She took up a lecturership at Imperial College London in 2001. She was promoted to Professor of Macromolecular Structure and Function in 2008. Her current research focuses on elucidating the structures and molecular mechanisms of macromolecular machines, especially those involved in DNA processing including the transcription apparatus and its regulators, components in DNA damage signaling and repair.

Yu-Dong Zhang

From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Yudong (Eugene) Zhang worked at Columbia University as a postdoc. From 2012 to 2013, he worked as an assistant research scientist at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. From 2013 to 2017, he is a full professor and doctoral advisor at School of Computer Science and Technology at Nanjing Normal University. He also serves as the academic leader of the“Jiangsu key laboratory of 3D printing equipment and manufacturing”. At present, he is a Professor in Knowledge Discovery and Machine Learning, in Department of Informatics, University of Leicester, United Kingdom. His research interests focus on computer-aided medical diagnosis and biomedical image processing.

Lanjing Zhang

Board certified AP/CP pathologist with GI and Liver pathology fellowship training; Focused on cancer epidemiology, epidemiological methodology and health economics; Editorial board membership of 10 peer-reviewed journals; Outstanding reviewer awards of Gastroinst Endosc; (Co-)directorship for more than 10 CME programs; Fellowship, ACG and CAP.

Charlie Zhang

Associate Professor. Research Interests include: Crime Mapping, Spatial Epidemiology, Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Justice, GIS, and Spatial Analysis Methods

Min Zhao

I pursued my bioinformatics Ph.D. degree in the center of bioinformatics in Peking University. During my Ph.D. study, I received comprehensive training in molecular biology, biostatistics and bioinformatics including research designs, computational tool development and database implementation. With a solid background and comprehensive knowledge in bioinformatics and biological networks, I filled a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Vanderbilt University. During this period, I received excellent training in the understanding of genetics of complex diseases including cancer and pulmonary disease, and I applied my bioinformatics skills in analysis of large scale next-generation sequencing (NGS) data.

To date, I have worked in four different research areas. The first is data collection from public literature and databases to build bioinformatics tools for public use. The second is the integrative analysis of NGS data to decipher the genetic mechanism of complex disease. Thirdly, I applied network-based strategy on the interplay of tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) and oncogenes (OCGs) using the public cancer genomic/epigenetic data. Lastly, I translated my disease genomics expertise to huge marine genomic data to explore the common cell-cell communication mechanisms of metazoan.

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