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.
Dr. Yasmina Mohammed Abd-Elhakim is an Associate Professor in the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt. Her major area of expertise is the use of eco-friendly mitigation strategies to combat the hazards of environmental pollutants. Additionally, she has a special interest in the therapeutic uses of arthropods venoms, particularly in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. She has 60 papers in prestigious international journals and 2 book chapters, h-index 18, and more than 850 citations based on the Scopus database. She reviewed about 800 manuscripts for highly impacted journals in the field of toxicology and environmental pollution based on the Publon database. She has been included in the editorial board of several highly impacted international journals. She received various awards including The Egyptian State Encouragement Award in "Agricultural sciences" in 2019, the Publons peer reviewer award as a Top Reviewers for Pharmacology & Toxicology in 2018 and 2019, and the international publication's award from Zagazig University (2015-2019).
Professor of General Biology, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina. Researcher at the CONICET, Tucuman, Argentina. Member of the Instituto de Biodiversidad Neotropical, UNT-CONICET, Argentina.
Professor of marine pollution, an expert in physicochemical water/ wastewater treatment. my interest concerns water/ Wastewater treatment by different techniques. Design of different suitable set-up and conducting experiments for the removal of different pollutants or hazards such as heavy metals, dyes, phenolic compounds and oil spills.
Professor of Neurosciences; MD (USM), DSCN (Belgium), PhD (Univ Ghent), Director Brain & Behaviour Cluster and Previous Director of the Center for Neuroscience Services & Research (P3Neuro), Universiti Sains Malaysia. Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia, American College of Surgeons,International College of Surgeons(USA) as well as the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Recipient of the prestigious National Malaysian Young Scientist Award & Top Research Scientist award (Academy Science Malaysia). I am an Academic Neurosurgeon and a Neuroscientist .I am the Founding Director of the Center for Neurosciences Sevices and Research( P3 Neuro ) and the Brain Behaviour Cluster,Universiti Sains Malaysia.I am the Founding Head of the Department of Neurosciences,School of Medical Sciences,Universiti Sains Malaysia.
I have helped to establish 9 Postgraduate Courses in Neurology,Neurosurgery,Neurosciences,Cognitive Neurosciences,Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology in Universiti Sains Malaysia ( https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/universiti-sains-malaysia-usm/undergrad )
Dr. Ashith B. Acharya is an Australia-trained forensic odontologist – having completed his Bachelor’s degree in dentistry in 1999 and his postgraduation in 2001 – and heads India’s first exclusive department of forensic odontology in SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka. With over 18 years academic experience, he teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a consultant in forensic dental, anthropological, and archeological cases referred by the police, government agencies and forensic medical experts from across India. He is a founder-member of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology and currently its Secretary. He is an editorial board member/reviewer in several national and international journals; he has served as a member of the International Organisation for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology’s Age Estimation Workgroup and is currently on its Bite Marks Workgroup. He has published 45 journal articles, 35 of which have appeared in top international forensic and dental journals; he has also contributed to government reports, and chapters on forensic odontology to eminent textbooks such as Shafer’s Textbook of Oral Pathology.
Dr. Pragyan Acharya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. The major interests of her laboratory is in understand immune dysregulation in liver diseases and understanding the interaction of the immune system in tissue injury and infection. Towards this, she combines studies on clinical samples, in vitro cultures and animal models of liver disease. She is specifically studying non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) using proteomics and cell biological approaches. Work carried out in her laboratory has led to the identification of the importance of the CD177+ neutrophil sub-population in ACLF and its association with patient outcomes.
Has a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidade Santa Úrsula (2004), a Master's degree (2007) and PhD (2010) in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, with two periods as visiting scientist at the Departments of Pathology and Neuroscience of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University, New York, NY) With a post-doctoral degree from the Biophysics Institute (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), under supervision of Prof. Rafael Linden (2010-2013).
Currently is Associate Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, where is investigating mechanisms of changes in embryonic development during congenital toxoplasmosis, with focus on the skeletal muscle system and Central Nervous System. In a model of mouse infection with Toxoplasma gondii investigates the effect that such infection causes to cerebral microcirculation and in the Blood-Brain Barrier, as a result of neuroinflammation. Has experience in Morphology, acting on the following subjects: parasite-host cell interaction, primary cell culture, cellular junctions, 2D and 3D cell culture models, Confocal and Transmission Electron Microscopy.
Kabindra Adhikari is a soil scientist with expertise in pedometrics, soil-landscape modeling, environmental data science and precision agriculture applications. He holds a PhD in Agroecology with research focusing on pedometrics. His research interests include digital soil mapping, pedology, soil sensing, terrain analysis, soil spectroscopy, soil carbon, soil morphometrics, and ecosystem services. He is developing tools and guidelines to promote precision conservation for croplands by coordinating geospatial data streams for the assessment of sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impacts.
Dr. Adhikari is a senior research scientist and plant pathologist at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Research interests include population biology, plant disease resistance, genetic mapping, and plant-pathogen interactions; develop translational tools for pathogen detection; improve management practices for enhancing plant health, and mitigate bacterial and fungal disease problems with an emphasis on tomato and strawberry.
Dr. Mohd Adnan is an Associate Professor, Principal Investigator and Head of Academic Committee at Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia. He did his PhD from University of Central Lancashire, UK; Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University, India; Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics from SJAIT, India. He has more than 10 years of research, teaching and administrative experience. In his professional capacity, he has received various travel, observership and research grants as a Principal Investigator from various prestigious organizations.
He has successfully published 100+ publications in internationally recognized peer reviewed reputed journals, several book chapters for internationally renowned publishers and presented many papers and posters in various conferences/workshops globally. He has published widely in the field of phytomedicine, biofilms, drug discovery, natural products, nutraceuticals and functional foods with specialization in plant-based antibiofilm and anticancer agents, microbial biosurfactants, biofilms in food industry and medical settings, probiotics and cancer biology, novel biomolecules for/as health and antimicrobial agents.
He has reviewed 150+ manuscripts for 50+ internationally recognized peer-reviewed JCR journals and grant reviewer for many prestigious universities and organisations. In addition, he is a member of SFAM, UK and ESCMID, Switzerland and an Elected Member of Royal Society of Biology, UK. He also currently holds different editorial positions (Associate, Academic, Guest and Review Editor) in various esteemed journals and has edited 150+ manuscripts.
I am a cancer biologist with 13+ years of experience and diverse background in clinical pharmaceutical sciences, cancer stem cells, cancer therapeutics, and data analytics. My research has focused on using innovative 3D organoid models for the understanding of cancer cell signaling pathways to facilitate cancer biomarker discovery and drug discovery for metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer. I have successfully completed multiple preclinical trials of which two drugs are currently in clinical trials. Some of the methodologies I have gained expertise in include high-throughput drug screening, preclinical trials, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, CRISPR screens, patient-derived xenografts, 3D organoid cultures, bioinformatics tools, and statistical analysis.
Spiros N. Agathos, Ph.D. is Professor of Bioengineering at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium since 1993 and, since 2015, he is Inaugural Dean of Biological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, the first research-intensive university in Ecuador and a hub of innovation in South America.
He is an expert in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, with interests in biocatalyst development, bioprocess optimisation, bioreactor design and scale-up, ecogenomics, and biotechnology for sustainability. He has a PhD in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served on the faculties of the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) and as a visiting professor in Europe and the Americas.
He has published over 200 articles, 4 books and 4 patents. He has been Editor or Editorial Board member of many journals and serves on numerous committees for science and technology policy. He is a consultant to governments and industry, while his former students and postdocs have significant academic and industrial positions across the globe. Among his many awards, he is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE), of the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB) and of the International Water Association (IWA).