Life — Journal Editorial Boards


Prof. Dr. Antonio Lazcano
Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Circuito Escolar Exterior, Cd. Universitaria, 04510, Coyoacan, Cd. de Mexico, Mexico
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Interests: origin of life; early evolution of life
Dr. William Bains *
Section Editor-in-Chief
1. Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QT, UK
2 Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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Interests: astrobiology; detection of life; limits of life; origin of life; nature of aging; anti-aging medicine; computational chemistry; science commercialization; biotechnology financing; venture capital
* Section 'Hypotheses in the Life Sciences'
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Prof. Dr. Niles Lehman *
Section Editor-in-Chief
Department of Chemistry, Portland State University, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207, USA
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Interests: origins of life; RNA; ribozymes; recombination; prebiotic chemistry; systems chemistry, cooperation; in vitro evolution
* Section 'Chemistry'
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Prof. Dr. Andrew Pohorille *
Section Editor-in-Chief
1. Director, NASA Center for Computational Astrobiology and Fundamental Biology, NASA-Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 239-4, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
2. Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
Interests: statistical mechanics of chemical and biological systems, molecular and cellular-scale computer simulations and modeling, astrobiology, origin of life, protein structure, function and folding, biological membranes, transport through membranes, evolutionary innovation
* Section 'Astrobiology'
Prof. Pabulo H. Rampelotto
Former Editor-in-Chief
Center of Biotechnology and PPGBCM, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Interests: biotechnology; next generation sequencing; metagenomics; molecular biology and biochemistry of microorganisms; extremophiles; grand challenges
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Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. David Deamer *
Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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Interests: membrane biophysics; nanopore sequencing; origin of cellular life
* Former Editor-in-Chief (from January 2016 to January 2018)
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Special Issue: Origin of Cellular Life

Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Ralf Anken
Division Gravitational Biology, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany
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Interests: gravitational biology; fish as model systems for the understanding of motion sickness/neurovestibular behavior/sensorimotor disorders; aquatic life support systems; bioregeneration
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Bada
Distinguished Research Professor of Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0212, USA
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Interests: primitive Earth; prebiotic amino acids; cosmogeochemistry; origin of life chemistry; homochirality
Prof. Dr. John A. Baross
School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Box 357940, Seattle, WA 98195 USA
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Interests: life in estreme environments; limits of life; the origin and evolution of life on Earth; astrobiology and the search for life elsewhere
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Special Issue: The Physico-Chemical Limits of Life
Dr. Paul Clarke
Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
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Interests: origins of life; prebiotic chemistry; carbohydrate genesis; homochirality; minimal cell
Prof. Dr. Henderson James Cleaves
1. Director, ELSI Origins Network (EON), Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8550, JAPAN
2. Associate Professor, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-IE-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8550, JAPAN
3. Long-Term Member, Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Interests: origins of life; prebiotic chemistry; organic geochemistry; molecular evolution; analytical chemistry; astrobiology; astrochemistry
Prof. Dr. Virginia W. Cornish
Department of Chemistry, Department of Systems Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
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Interests: chemical biology; synthetic biology; ribosome and translational machinery; live cell imaging tools; yeast engineering
Prof. Dr. Don A. Cowan
UP Genomics Research Institute, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
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Interests: extremophiles; microbial ecology (soils, particularly desert soils); environmental microbiology; functional metagenomics; microbial enzymes
Dr. Bruce Damer
1. Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
2. DigitalSpace Research, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
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Interests: origin of life; computational modeling; space science; theoretical biology
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Special Issue: Origin of Cellular Life
Prof. Dr. Luis Delaye
Departamento de Ingeniería Genética, CINVESTAV Irapuato, Km. 9.6 Libramiento Norte Carr., Irapuato-León 36821, Irapuato Guanajuato, Mexico
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Interests: genome evolution; endosymbiotic bacteria; novel genes; horizontal gene transfer; early evolution of life; phylogenetic analysis
Prof. Dr. George E. Fox
Department of Biology and Biochemstry, University of Houston, 369 Science & research Bldg. 2, Houston, TX 77204-5001, USA
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Interests: ribosome evolution; RNA sequence space; RNA structure; Archaea
Dr. Helen Greenwood Hansma
Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
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Interests: origins of life; cell biology; biophysics
Prof. Dr. Paul Higgs
Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Interests: origin of life; RNA structure and evolution; RNA world; mathematical and computational models; phylogenetic methods; molecular evolution; population genetics; biophysics
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Special Issue: The RNA World and the Origin of Life
Prof. Dr. Nils G. Holm
Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, SE-106 91, Stockholm, Sweden
Interests: geobiology; astrobiology; hydrothermal organic geochemistry; subsurface biosphere
Prof. Dr. Christopher H. House
Department of Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, PA 16802, USA
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Interests: microbial evolution; microbial geochemistry; biosignatures; Precambrian microfossils
Dr. Sohan Jheeta
NoR HGT & LUCA*, 1 Scott Hall Crescent, Leeds, LS7 3RB, UK
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Interests: origin of life; RNA world; panspermia,; hydrothermal vent; horizontal gene transfer; tree of life; phylogenetics; extraterrestrial life; astrochemistry
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Special Issue: Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Common Ancestor
Special Issue: The Landscape of the Emergence of Life
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Klenk
Head, School of Biology, Ridley Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
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Interests: origins of life; archaea; actinomycetes; phages; life in extreme environments; microbial genomics; phylogenomics; taxonomy; microbial diversity; systems biology
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Special Issue: Archaea: Evolution, Physiology, and Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. Jeremy S. Kua
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
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Interests: prebiotic chemistry; computational chemistry; self-assembly
Prof. Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi
1. Professor emeritus ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2. Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Viale Marconi 446, 00146 Roma, Italy
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Interests: never born proteins; minimal cell; synthetic biology; emergence of life
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Special Issue: The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
Prof. Dr. Timothy W. Lyons
Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
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Interests: biogeochemical cycles; astrobiology; geobiology; Earth history; isotope geochemistry; oceanic anoxia; evolution of the ocean and atmosphere and the co-evolution of life
Prof. Dr. Sheref Mansy
CIBIO - Centre for integrative biology, University of Trento in Povo, Italy
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Interests: protocells; metallopeptides; iron-sulfur cluster; artificial cells
Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias
Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), C/ Del Doctor Severo Ochoa 7, Facultad de Medicina (Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: planetary geology; astrobiology; natural resources of near earth space and sustainability; geo and biomarkers; extreme environments and planetary habitability; geodiversity and biodiversity; natural hazards and planetary ecosystems; mineralogy; geoethics in earth and space sciences; geoeducation; science and technology for development; emerging sciences, cultural implications; new paradigms
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Special Issue: Astrobiology and Sustainability
Special Issue: Challenges in Astrobiology
Special Issue: Planetary Geosciences and Space Exploration
Special Issue: Challenges in Astrobiology II
Special Issue: Meteorites and Cosmic Mineralogy
Special Issue: Geosciences and Future Earth
Special Issue: Ethics and Geoethics in Geosciences
Special Issue: Detection and Characterization of Extrasolar Planets
Special Issue: Selected Papers from the 1st International Electronic Conference on Geosciences
Prof. Marie-Christine Maurel
Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité ISYEB- UMR 7205 - CNRS, MNHN, UPMC, EPHE - Sorbonne Universités 57 Rue Cuvier - CP39 F-75005 Paris, France
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Interests: origins of life; RNA; ribozymes; prebiotic chemistry; extreme conditions; in vitro evolution; viroids; heredity
Dr. Linda B. McGown
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA
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Interests: bioanalytical chemistry, prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology, G-quadruplex DNA and guanosine gels, aptamer discovery and applications, DNA separation
Prof. Dr. Karen J. Meech
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Interests: comets; delivery of volatiles in the early solar system to habitable worlds; space missions
Prof. Dr. Vic Norris
Theoretical Biology Unit, EA 4312, University of Rouen, Mont Saint Aignan, 76821 France
Interests: integrative approaches to the bacterial cell cycle, origins of life; biotechnology; systems biology
Prof. Dr. Aharon Oren
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, The Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91904 Jerusalem, Israel
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Interests: Microbial life in extreme environments; Halophiles; Prokaryote; taxonomy and nomenclature
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Special Issue: Proceedings from the 11th Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms Halophiles 2016
Prof. Dr. Juli Peretó
Institute for Integrative Systems Biology I2SysBio, University of Valencia-CSIC, Spain
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Interests: origin and early evolution of life; the evolution of metabolism; the symbiogenetic evolution of metabolic pathways; the stoichiometric analysis of metabolic networks; the microbial bioprospection of natural environments; and the history of ideas on the natural origin and the artificial synthesis of life
Dr. Matthew W. Powner
Department of Chemistry, University College London, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ, UK
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Interests: organic chemistry; RNA; peptides; systems chemistry; prebiotic chemistry; crystallisation; photochemistry
Prof. Dr. Addy Pross
Department of Chemistry, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
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Interests: chemical reactivity; origin of life; abiogenesis; evolution
Dr. Sudha Rajamani
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Maharashtra 411008, India
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Interests: origins and early evolution of life; self-assembly; primitive informational polymers; RNA; nonenzymatic replication
Prof. Dr. Francois Raulin
Laboratoire Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA), UMR CNRS 7583, Université Paris Est Créteil et Paris Diderot, Institute Pierre Simon Laplace, 61 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94010, Créteil, France
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Interests: prebiotic chemistry; extraterrestrial organic chemistry; astrobiology; exobiology; astrobiologically oriented space missions; Titan; Mars; comets
Prof. Dr. Lluís Ribas de Pouplana
Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) and ICREA, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Interests: proteome quality control in cell biology and disease; structure-function studies of protein-RNA interactions; biomedicine and biotechnology
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Special Issue: Evolution of tRNA
Prof. Dr. Francisco Rodriguez-Valera
Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Campus de San Juan, 03550, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
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Interests: microbiology; microbial ecology; genomics; metagenomics; population genomics; evolution; bacteria; archaea; viruses
Prof. Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein
Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823 USA
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Interests: prebiotic chemical ecology; origins of life; origins of genetic code; origins of homochirality; molecular complementarity; origins of cellular transporters and receptors; STEM education; scientific creativity
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Special Issue: Origin of Life 2011
Prof. Dr. Nita Sahai
1. Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron, 170 University Ave, Akron, USA
2. Integrated Bioscience Program, University of Akron, 170 University Ave, Akron, USA
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Interests: biomolecular and cellular (human and bacterial cells) interactions with biomaterials and minerals; interfacial chemistry; bone-tissue engineering; organic-mediated crystal nucleation and growth (biomineralization); origin and early evolution of life; relationship between molecular-level, nanoscale & macroscopic properties
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Astrobiology Group, Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Interests: planetary habitability; astrobiology; evolutionary biology; extreme environments; geobiology; space missions
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Special Issue: Planetary Exploration: Habitats and Terrestrial Analogs
Prof. Dr. Joseph Seckbach
Mevo Hadas 20, P.O.Box 1132, Efrat 90435, Israel
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Interests: enigmatic microorganisms; life in extreme environments and astrobiology; phycology-thermo-acidic algae; plant ferritin
Prof. Dr. Mark A. Smith
Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77205-5003, USA
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Interests: abiotic organic chemistry; aerosols; atmospheres; interstellar chemistry; instrumentation; physical chemistry
Prof. Dr. Peter F. Stadler
1. Bioinformatics Group, Department of Computer Science + Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics + German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research, University Leipzig, D-04107, Leipzig, Germany
2. Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Inselstraße 22, D-04103, Leipzig, Germany; RNomics Group, Fraunhofer Institut for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Perlickstraße 1, D-04103, Leipzig, Germany
3. Department of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währingerstraße 17, A-1090, Wien, Austria
4. Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health, University of Copenhagen, Grønnegårdsvej 3, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark; 5. Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Rd., Santa Fe, NM, 87501, USA
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Interests: bioinformatics; structural biology; evolution; phylogenetics; RNA; genomics; transcriptomics; systems chemistry; graph theory; discrete mathematics; algorithmics; origins of life
Prof. Dr. Ken Takai
Program Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology, 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan
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Interests: geomicrobiology; biogeochemistry; astrobiology; extremophiles; limits of life and biosphere; habitability; exploration of boundary biosphere
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