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Michael Way

Michael Way (Editor-in-Chief)

Michael Way obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and received postdoctoral training at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, and the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA. He was a group leader in the Cell Biology Programme at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, for 6.5 years before moving to the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute in 2001. The goal of Michael's research is to understand how signalling networks and their underlying machinery regulate cytoplasmic transport and cell migration. He has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2005, and Editor-in-Chief since 2012.

Areas of expertise
Actin, cytoskeleton, GTPases, microtubules, motility, myosin and kinesin motors, signalling (phospho-tyrosine and SH2/SH3 adaptor type), viruses.

Kathleen J. Green

Kathleen J. Green (Deputy Editor-in-Chief)

Kathleen Green graduated with Distinction in Biology from Pomona College, CA, USA, in 1977 and went on to obtain a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at Washington University in St Louis in 1982. After carrying our her postdoctoral training in Cell Biology at Northwestern University Medical School, Kathleen joined the faculty of the Pathology and Dermatology Departments, where she is currently the Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology and Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Education. Kathleen also serves as Program Leader for the Tumor Invasion, Metastasis and Angiogenesis Basic Science Program of the R.H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kathleen's research program is directed towards elucidating the structure and function of cell-cell adhesion molecules and their associated intercellular junctions in tissue morphogenesis and differentiation, and in pathological processes such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and inherited diseases. Kathleen served on the Journal of Cell Science Editorial Advisory Board from 1992-2002, when she became an Editor.

Areas of expertise
Plakins, cell adhesion, cell migration, actin, cadherins, desmosomes, epithelial differentiation, focal adhesions, intercellular junctions, intermediate filaments.

Renata Basto

Renata Basto

Renata Basto completed her undergraduate studies in Genetics and Microbiology at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon in Portugal. Her thesis work, under the supervision of Roger Karess and Rui Gomes, focused on studying the metaphase-to-anaphase transition in Drosophila to identify novel components of the spindle assembly checkpoint. She then moved to the University of Cambridge to work with Jordan Raff at the Gurdon Institute on the consequences of centrosome number alterations during fly development. At the end of 2008, Renata was recruited as a Junior Group Leader in the Cell Biology department of the Institut Curie in Paris, France, as a CNRS researcher. Work in the Basto lab uses a variety of model systems such as Drosophila, mouse, human tissue culture and ovarian cancers to address the molecular mechanisms that, in response to centrosome or chromosome number deviations, perturb development and lead to loss of genetic stability. She has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2023.

Areas of expertise
Cell cycle, centrosomes, chromosomes, Drosophila, mitosis, genetic instability, mitotic spindle, microtubules, aneuploidy and polyploidy.

Daniel Billadeau

Daniel Billadeau

Daniel Billadeau received his BS in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota – Saint Paul, PhD in Pathobiology from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, and postdoctoral training in the area of Molecular Immunology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Daniel subsequently became an Assistant Professor in the Division of Oncology Research and Department of Immunology at Mayo Clinic, where he has risen through the ranks to Full Professor. Daniel is also a faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and presently serves as the Associate Director for Basic Science in the NCI-funded Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also the Leader of the Growth, Senescence and Cancer platform in the newly formed Mayo Clinic Center for Biomedical Discovery. Daniel has had a long-standing interest in delineating the signaling pathways regulating natural-killer-cell cytotoxicity and T-cell activation with a specific emphasis toward mechanisms impacting the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons. More recently, his work has also included investigations into the mechanisms regulating receptor trafficking through the endosomal network via WASH and the retromer complexes. Lastly, his lab continues to perform studies in cancer biology where he focuses on signaling pathways regulating pancreatic cancer proliferation and survival as well as pathways involved in generating and maintaining cancer-initiating cells. He has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2015.

Areas of expertise
Signalling, cancer biology, immune cells, actin microtubules.

Simon Cook

Simon Cook

Simon Cook became interested in signal transduction during his Biochemistry degree at Royal Holloway College, University of London before going on to do a PhD in Michael Wakelam’s laboratory at the University of Glasgow, where he studied phospholipase C and D signalling. He then joined Frank McCormick’s lab at ONYX Pharmaceuticals in the San Francisco Bay Area as a post-doc studying the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK1/2 pathway. He remained at ONYX as an Associate Staff Scientist, Staff Scientist and member of the RAS Group Steering Committee, and also served as Project Manager for the Inflammation Project. Simon then joined the Babraham Institute as a Tenure-Track Group Leader and held a Cancer Research UK Senior Cancer Research Fellowship from 2000-2006. From 2013-2021, he coordinated Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation activities within the Institute. Since 2020, Simon has led Babraham’s Signalling Programme and he is currently Institute Director. His research focuses on protein kinase signalling pathways, their regulation and their role in controlling cell proliferation, cell survival and senescence. His translational work with Biotech/Pharma focuses on how these pathways are deregulated in inflammation, cancer and ageing. He joined Journal of Cell Science as an editor in 2024.

Areas of expertise
Cell signalling, signal transduction, protein kinases, cell proliferation, cell survival, cell senescence, cancer, inflammation, aging.

Andrew Ewald

Andrew Ewald

Andrew Ewald received his undergraduate degree in physics with honors from Haverford College. He earned his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the California Institute of Technology, studying with Scott Fraser. He completed postdoctoral work with Zena Werb in mammary biology and cancer at the University of California, San Francisco. Andrew joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008, and is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Oncology and Biomedical Engineering. Andrew studies how cells build organs during normal development and how these same processes contribute to breast cancer metastasis. His lab recently identified a unique class of breast cancer cells that lead the process of invasion into surrounding tissues – a first step in cancer metastasis. His students and fellows are currently working to identify molecular strategies to prevent and treat metastatic breast cancer. Andrew was the 3D Cell Biology Guest Editor on Journal of Cell Science during 2015/2016, and became a permanent Editor in 2016.

Areas of expertise
Epithelial morphogenesis, organoids, 3D cell biology.

Caroline Hill

Caroline Hill

Caroline Hill got her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she worked on chromatin structure with Jean Thomas. She then did her postdoc with Richard Treisman at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK, working on the regulation of c-fos gene expression by growth factors. In 1995 she set up her own research lab at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, London, UK to study signalling by TGF-beta superfamily ligands. She moved to the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute in 1998, to head the Developmental Signalling Laboratory. She moved to the Francis Crick Institute in 2015, where she is now an Assistant Research Director. Her work is focused on determining the mechanisms by which TGF-beta superfamily ligands signal to the nucleus, their function in normal physiological conditions, in particular in early vertebrate development, and understanding how their deregulated signaling leads to human disease. She was elected a member of EMBO in 2002 and elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019. She has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2020.

Areas of expertise
Signal transduction, growth factors, cytokines, transcription, zebrafish development, cancer, chromatin and epigenetics.

Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke

Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke

Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Southampton University, UK, and then obtained a PhD from The ICRF in London, UK, focussing on cell adhesion and skin cancer, under the supervision of Fiona Watt. She then carried out postdoctoral training with Richard Hynes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, working on in vivo models of cell adhesion in blistering diseases, platelet biology and angiogenesis. Kairbaan has been a Laboratory Head at Barts Cancer Institute since 2004. In 2015, she was awarded the Hooke Medal by the British Society of Cell Biology. She is also an Elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation and an Elected Fellow of The Academy of Medical Science (FMedSci). Her lab currently focuses on tumour blood vessels, angiocrine and pericrine signalling, the tumour microenvironment, and cancer progression. She has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2023.

Areas of expertise
Integrins, cell adhesion, blood vessels, angiogenesis, angiocrine and pericrine signalling, tumour microenvironment, cancer progression, mouse models of cancer.

Megan King

Megan King

Megan King received her BA in Biochemistry from Brandeis University and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. During her postdoctoral training with Günter Blobel at Rockefeller University, she discovered new mechanisms for the targeting and function of integral inner nuclear membrane proteins. Since joining the Cell Biology Department at the Yale School of Medicine in 2009, Megan has continued to investigate the broad array of biological functions that are integrated at the nuclear envelope, from genome integrity to nuclear mechanics to mechanotransduction. In 2018 she teamed up with Patrick Lusk and now co-leads the joint LusKing Lab, which focuses on nuclear mechanics, dynamics and quality control. Megan is a past recipient of the New Innovator Award and was named a Searle Scholar and an Allen Distinguished Investigator. She has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2023.

Areas of expertise
Nuclear pores complexes, nuclear organisation, nuclear integrity, nuclear mechanics, chromatin structure and dynamics, mechanotransduction, quality control.

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz obtained her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA, and received postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in Bethesda, MD. From 1992-2016, she acted as Chief of the Section on Organelle Biology in the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch at the NICHD, before moving her lab to Janelia Research Campus, where she is a Senior Group Leader and Head of Janelia's 4D Cellular Physiology program. Jennifer's research is focussed on understanding how intracellular organelles are assembled and inherited, and how proteins move within cells. Her lab uses various fluorescent imaging techniques to visualize and track molecules and organelles at both diffraction-limited and super-resolution scales. Jennifer has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2000.

Areas of expertise
Microscopy, membrane trafficking, organelles, ER, Golgi, microtubules, motors, organelle biogenesis and membrane-cytoskeletal interactions, protein trafficking, vesicles, autophagy, mitochondria, ESCRT proteins, actin, dynamin, fly embryo development.

Guangshuo Ou

Guangshuo Ou

Guangshuo obtained his PhD in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Davis. His thesis work, conducted under the guidance of Jon Scholey, focused on ciliogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans neurons and elucidated how microtubule-based motor proteins are used to build neuronal cilia. Guangshuo received his postdoctoral training with Ron Vale at the University of California, San Francisco, where he developed imaging techniques to study neuroblast migration and division in C. elegans larvae and discovered a novel myosin-based mechanism underlying neuroblast asymmetric division. In 2011 he was recruited by the Junior One Thousand Talent Plan Award by the Chinese government as an investigator at the Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2013 his group relocated to the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and he became a principle investigator of the Joint Center for Life Sciences at Tsinghua and Peking Universities. He continues to study neuroblast development using C. elegans as a model organism. Guangshuo has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2017.

Areas of expertise
Cell division, cell migration, ciliogenesis, cytoskeleton, motor proteins, neural development and C. elegans.

Rob Parton

Robert Parton

Robert Parton studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Leicester before moving to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. He received Royal Society and EMBO postdoctoral fellowships to work with Gareth Griffiths and Kai Simons before becoming a junior group leader studying plasma membrane domains and cell surface dynamics. In 1996, he moved to the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where he is currently a group leader in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Director of the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. His group uses a range of techniques, including advanced light and electron microscopy, and a number of experimental systems such as zebrafish, tissue explants, and cultured cells. His main research areas include microdomains of the plasma membrane, with a particular focus on caveolae, lipid droplets and their role in fighting infection, and novel pathways of endocytosis. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an Associate Member of EMBO, and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. He joined Journal of Cell Science as an editor in 2024.

Areas of expertise
Electron microscopy, membrane trafficking, caveolae, caveolins, cavins, lipid droplets, membrane lipids, endocytosis, muscle structure and function, zebrafish.

Richa Rikhy

Richa Rikhy

Richa is a Professor and Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance Senior Fellow in the Biology Department at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune, India. For her PhD, Richa worked with KS Krishnan at the Department of Biological Sciences in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India, where she studied the mechanisms regulating dynamin dependent synaptic vesicle recycling in the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. During her post doc with Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz at the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch in the National institute of Child Health and Development, NIH, Bethesda, USA, she studied the mechanisms by which trafficking and mitochondrial dynamics regulate early embryogenesis and stem cell differentiation in Drosophila. Richa started an independent research group in 2010. She studies the role of BAR domain-containing proteins in epithelial morphogenesis in embryogenesis in Drosophila. She also studies how mitochondrial dynamics and activity regulate actin remodelling, polarity formation and differentiation of epithelial cells in Drosophila. Richa joined the journal team as an editor in 2024.

Areas of expertise
Drosophila, embryogenesis, morphogenesis, epithelial cell polarity, BAR domain function, actin remodelling, mitochondrial dynamics, mitochondrial fusion, mitochondrial fission, Drp1, Opa1, Mfn, epithelial cell differentiation.

Giampietro Schiavo

Giampietro Schiavo

Giampietro Schiavo obtained his PhD from the University of Padua, Italy, and received postdoctoral training at the Department of Biomedical Studies, University of Padua, and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, USA. He was then recruited as junior group leader at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, where he was Head of the Molecular Neuropathobiology Laboratory. Giampietro's lab moved to the University College London Institute of Neurology in 2013. The goal of Giampietro's research is to understand the mechanisms underlying neuronal membrane trafficking, and how neurons control the uptake and sorting of ligands in health and disease. Elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011. He has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2007.

Areas of expertise
Neurobiology, membrane sorting and trafficking, molecular motors.

Tamotsu Yoshimori

Tamotsu Yoshimori

Tamotsu Yoshimori was educated at Osaka University in Japan, where he received his PhD in Medical Science. He was an assistant professor at Kansai Medical University, a postdoctoral researcher at European Molecular Biology Laboratory, an associate professor at the National Institute of Basic Biology and as a professor at both the National Institute of Genetics and the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University. He is now a professor of genetics at the Graduate School of Medicine and a professor of intracellular membrane dynamics at the Graduate School of Frontier Bioscience, Osaka University. Tamotsui's research interests are focused on intracellular membrane trafficking, and particularly on autophagy. He has been a Journal of Cell Science Editor since 2013.

Areas of expertise
Autophagy, membrane trafficking, endocytic pathway, secretory pathway, organelles, ER, Golgi, endosomes, lysosomes, organelle biogenesis, protein transport, vesicles, membrane dynamics, protein degradation, quality control.

Lucy Collinson

Lucy Collinson (Guest Editor: Imaging Cell Architecture and Dynamics)

Lucy Collinson is an electron microscopist with a background in microbiology and cell biology. She holds a degree and PhD in medical microbiology and carried out post-doctoral research investigating membrane trafficking pathways. Lucy has led a series of biological EM facilities since 2004, at University College London and then at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, which became part of the Francis Crick Institute in 2015. With a team of 10 electron microscopists and 3 physicists, she oversees more than 100 research projects with more than 60 research groups within the Crick, imaging across scales from proteins to whole organisms. Her microscopy and technology development interests include volume EM, correlative imaging techniques, cryo-microscopy, X-ray microscopy, image analysis, citizen science, microscope design and prototyping. She is part of the team who have built an international volume EM community, and she is currently building new democratised tools for correlative imaging and translating advanced imaging workflows for clinical and diagnostic applications.

Lucy is coordinating the ‘Imaging Cell Architecture and Dynamics’ special issue, which is due to be published in late 2024. The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2024. Click here for more information.

Areas of expertise
Light microscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray microscopy, volume EM, CLEM, correlative, multimodal, imaging, cell biology.

Guillaume Jacquemet

Guillaume Jacquemet (Guest Editor: Imaging Cell Architecture and Dynamics)

Guillaume Jacquemet earned his PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, and then carried postdoctoral training at the University of Turku, Finland. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at Åbo Akademi University. His laboratory uses and develops live imaging and image analysis methodologies to investigate how cancer cells interact with and respond to their surroundings during metastasis.

Guillaume is coordinating the ‘Imaging Cell Architecture and Dynamics’ special issue, which is due to be published in late 2024. The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2024. Click here for more information.

Areas of expertise
Light microscopy, cell adhesion, cell biology, imaging.

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