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Hypotheses in the Life Sciences


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Prof. Dr. David Deamer

Editor-in-Chief
Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
Website: http://www.chemistry.ucsc.edu/faculty/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=dwdeamer
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Interests: membrane biophysics; nanopore sequencing; origin of cellular life
Contribution
Prof. Dr. Niles Lehman *

Section Editor-in-Chief
Department of Chemistry, Portland State University, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207, USA
Website: http://www.pdx.edu/clas/profile/dr-niles-lehman
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Interests: origins of life; RNA; ribozymes; recombination; prebiotic chemistry; systems chemistry, cooperation; in vitro evolution
* Section 'Chemistry'
Contribution
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
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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 'Physics'
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
Contribution
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
Website: http://www.williambains.co.uk
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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'
Contribution

Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. John F. Mustard

Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University, 324 Brook Street, Box 1846, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA
Website: http://planetary.brown.edu/html_pages/mustard.htm
Interests: planetary surface composition and evolution; remote sensing and visible to infrared spectroscopy; habitability on Mars; alteration mineralogy; weathering and alteration; terrestrial analog environments and their relationship to astrobiology
Dr. Aubrey D.N.J. de Grey

Sens Foundation, 110 Pioneer Way, Suite J, Mountain View, CA 94041,USA
Website: http://www.sens.org/
Interests: biology of aging; regenerative medicine
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
Website: http://www.bioinf.uni-leipzig.de/~studla/
Interests: bioinformatics; structural biology; evolution; phylogenetics; RNA; genomics; transcriptomics; systems chemistry; graph theory; discrete mathematics; algorithmics; origins of life
Prof. Dr. John A. Baross

School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Box 357940, Seattle, WA 98195 USA
Website: http://www.ocean.washington.edu
Interests: life in estreme environments; limits of life; the origin and evolution of life on Earth; astrobiology and the search for life elsewhere
Contribution: Special Issue: The Physico-Chemical Limits of Life
Prof. Dr. Karen J. Meech

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Website: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/~meech/
Interests: comets; delivery of volatiles in the early solar system to habitable worlds; space missions
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Klenk

Head, School of Biology, Ridley Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
Website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/biology
Interests: origins of life; archaea; actinomycetes; phages; life in extreme environments; microbial genomics; phylogenomics; taxonomy; microbial diversity; systems biology
Contribution: Special Issue: Archaea: Evolution, Physiology, and Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. William F. Martin

Head, Institute for Molecular Evolution, University of Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Website: http://www.molevol.de/lab/martin.html
Interests: early evolution, origin of life; microbial physiology; anaerobes; endosymbiosis; networks
Prof. Dr. Francisco Rodriguez-Valera

Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Campus de San Juan, 03550, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
Website: http://egg.umh.es/frvalera/
Interests: microbiology; microbial ecology; genomics; metagenomics; population genomics; evolution; bacteria; archaea; viruses
Prof. Dr. Ralf Anken

Head, Biomedical Science Support Center, German Aerospace Center, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Biomedical Research, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany
Website: http://www.dlr.de/me/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1769/
Interests: gravitational biology; fish as model systems for the understanding of motion sickness/neurovestibular behavior/sensorimotor disorders; aquatic life support systems; bioregeneration
Dr. Tore Straume

Space Biosciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
Website: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/straume_biography_2014.pdf
Interests: science and technology associated with health consequences of radiation exposure; present emphasis is on extended human missions into deep space (e.g., Mars); prior emphases include Hiroshima, Chernobyl, biodosimetry “chromosome painting”, biotechnology, and reproductive biology
Prof. Dr. George E. Fox

Department of Biology and Biochemstry, University of Houston, 369 Science & research Bldg. 2, Houston, TX 77204-5001, USA
Website: http://prion.bchs.edu
Interests: ribosome evolution; RNA sequence space; RNA structure; Archaea
Prof. Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi

1. Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit; Vice-Chair, Neurology Research, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02129, USA
2. Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Website: http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/neuroscience/fac/tanzi.php
Interests: genetics and neurodegenerative disorders
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
Website: http://www.lisa.u-pec.fr/
Interests: prebiotic chemistry; extraterrestrial organic chemistry; astrobiology; exobiology; astrobiologically oriented space missions; Titan; Mars; comets
Prof. Dr. Willem M. de Vos

1. Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
2. Finland Academy Professor at the Departments of Bacteriology & Immunology and Department of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Website: https://www.vcard.wur.nl/Views/Profile/View.aspx?id=4454
Interests: understand and exploit microbes using molecular, (meta)genomics and systems approaches; human intestinal tract microbiota and its relation with health and disease
Prof. Dr. Joe Herbert

Emeritus Professor, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0PY, UK
Website: http://www.brc.cam.ac.uk/principal-investigators/joe-herbert/
Interests: neuroscience; endocrinology; financial decision-making; psychiatric disorders
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton

President, CEO and Institute Director, National Space Biomedical Research Institute; Director, Center for Space Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Website: http://www.nsbri.org/Jeffrey-Sutton/
Interests: space life sciences; space medicine; smart medical systems and technology; neuroscience
Prof. Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein

Department of Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823 USA
Website: https://www.msu.edu/~rootbern/
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
Contribution: In other journals:
Special Issue: Origin of Life 2011
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. Jesus Martinez-Frias

Geosciences Institute, IGEO (CSIC-UCM) Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas C/ José Antonio Novais, 2 Ciudad Universitaria 28040 Madrid, SPAIN
Website: http://tierra.rediris.es/jmfrias/
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
Contribution: In other journals:
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
Prof. Dr. Joseph Seckbach

Mevo Hadas 20, P.O.Box 1132, Efrat 90435, Israel
Website: http://seckbach.wic.com/joseph
Interests: enigmatic microorganisms; life in extreme environments and astrobiology; phycology-thermo-acidic algae; plant ferritin
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch

School of the Environment, Webster Hall 1148, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
Interests: planetary habitability; astrobiology; evolutionary biology; extreme environments; geobiology; space missions
Contribution: Special Issue: Planetary Exploration: Habitats and Terrestrial Analogs
Prof. Dr. Joel S. Levine

Department of Applied Science, The College of William and Mary, 330 McGlothin-Street, Williamsburg, VA 23187, USA
Interests: origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres and life; atmospheric chemistry; biogenic gases; planetary aerial platforms; planning for the human exploration of Mars
Prof. Dr. Don A. Cowan

UP Genomics Research Institute, Room 3-12, NW2 Building, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
Website: http://www.up.ac.za/the-genomics-research-institute/article/1928933/prof-don-cowan
Interests: extremophiles; microbial ecology (soils, particularly desert soils); environmental microbiology; functional metagenomics; microbial enzymes
Contribution: In other journals:
Special Issue: Genomics, Molecular Biology, Environmental Diversity and Evolution of Archaea and their Viruses
Prof. Dr. Peter Bergquist

Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
Website: http://www.cbms.mq.edu.au/academics/pbergquist.html
Interests: Metagenomics and metaproteomics of extremophiles; directed evolution; biocatalysis; applied microbiology; environmental microbiology
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. Janet L. Siefert

Department of Statistics, Rice University, MS 138, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892, USA
Website: http://siefert.rice.edu/
Interests: origin of life; ecology; microbial ecology
Prof. Dr. Ken Takai

Program Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology, 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan
Website: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/biogeos/e/xbr/sugar/Member/KenTakai.html
Interests: geomicrobiology; biogeochemistry; astrobiology; extremophiles; limits of life and biosphere; habitability; exploration of boundary biosphere
Prof. Dr. Charles Gerday

Laboratory of Biochemistry, University of Liège, Institute of Chemistry, B6a, B-4000, Liège, Belgium
Interests: protein chemistry; enzymology; microbiology; molecular adaptations to low temperature; extremophiles
Contribution: In other journals:
Special Issue: Protein Folding 2011
Prof. Dr. Aharon Oren

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, The Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 91904 Jerusalem, Israel
Website: http://bio.huji.ac.il/staff_in.asp?staff_id=63
Interests: Microbial life in extreme environments; Halophiles; Prokaryote; taxonomy and nomenclature
Contribution: Special Issue: Proceedings from the 11th Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms Halophiles 2016
Dr. Sudha Rajamani

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Maharashtra 411008, India
Website: http://www.iiserpune.ac.in/~srajamani/
Interests: origins and early evolution of life; self-assembly; primitive informational polymers; RNA; nonenzymatic replication
Dr. Bruce Damer

1Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
2 DigitalSpace Research, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USA
Website: http://www.damer.com/
Interests: origin of life; computational modeling; space science; theoretical biology
Contribution: Special Issue: Origin of Cellular Life
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
Website: http://www.plluisi.org/luisi.html
Interests: never born proteins; minimal cell; synthetic biology; emergence of life
Contribution: Special Issue: The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
Prof. Dr. Lluís Ribas de Pouplana

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) and ICREA, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Website: http://www.barcelonagse.eu/Faculty.php?id=381
Interests: proteome quality control in cell biology and disease; structure-function studies of protein-RNA interactions; biomedicine and biotechnology
Contribution: Special Issue: Evolution of tRNA
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