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Hypotheses in the Life Sciences

Editorial Office

Prof. Dr. Helga Stan-Lotter *
Division of Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
Tel. +43 699 81223362; Fax: +43 662 8044 7209
Interests: extremophilic microorganism; archaea; halobacteria; desiccation; microbial longevity; subsurface environments; salt sediments; extraterrestrial halite; life detection methods
* Section 'Life Sciences'

Dr. William Bains *
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
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'

Prof. Dr. Niles Lehman *
Department of Chemistry, Portland State University, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207, USA
Tel. +1 503 725 8769
Interests: origins of life; RNA; ribozymes; recombination; prebiotic chemistry; systems chemistry, cooperation; in vitro evolution
* Section 'Chemistry'

Prof. Dr. Andrew Pohorille *
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 'Physics'

Assistant Managing Editor
Ms. Huimin Lin
MDPI Wuhan Office, No.6 Jingan Road, 5.5 Creative Industry Park, Floor 25th. 430064 Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
Tel. +86 027 8780 8658; Fax: +86 027 8761 2588

Production Editor
Dr. Martyn Rittman
MDPI AG, Klybeckstrasse 64, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland

Former Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Pabulo H. Rampelotto
Center of Biotechnology and PPGBCM, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Bento Gonçalves Avenue, P.O. Box 15005, 91501-970, Porto Alegre—RS, Brazil
Interests: metagenomics; next generation sequencing; biotechnology; molecular biology and biochemistry of microorganisms; extremophiles

Editorial Board

Prof. Dr. Michael W. W. Adams
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602, USA
Tel. +706 542-2060; Fax: +706 583-8087
Interests: life at extreme temperatures; physiology, metabolism, genetics and enzymology of hyperthermophilic archaea; metabolic engineering and biofuel production; hydrogen metabolism; metal metabolism and metalloenzymes
Contribution: Special Issue: Archaea: Evolution, Physiology, and Molecular Biology

Prof. Dr. Ralf Anken
Head, Biomedical Science Support Center, German Aerospace Center, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Biomedical Research, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany
Tel. +49 2203 6013420; Fax: +49 2203 696212
Interests: gravitational biology; fish as model systems for the understanding of motion sickness/neurovestibular behavior/sensorimotor disorders; aquatic life support systems; bioregeneration

Prof. Dr. Werner Arber *
Emeritus Professor, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 50/70, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 061 267 2130; Fax: +41 061 267 2118
Interests: microbial genetics; molecular Darwinism; molecular mechanisms and natural strategies of spontaneous genetic variation; horizontal gene transfer; biodiversity; fundamental laws of nature; long-term sustainable development
* Winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Prof. Dr. John A. Baross
School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Box 357940, Seattle, WA 98195 USA
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. Peter Bergquist
Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
Interests: Metagenomics and metaproteomics of extremophiles; directed evolution; biocatalysis; applied microbiology; environmental microbiology

Sir Roy Calne
Strangeways Research Laboratory, 2 Wort's Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN, UK
Interests: organ transplantation: gene and stem cell therapy for diabetes

Prof. Don A. Cowan
Director, Genomics Research Institute; Director, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics; Room 3-12, NW2 Building, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
Tel. +27 0 12 4205873
Interests: microbial ecology; functional metagenomics; bacterial genomics; microbial stress responses; applied microbiology and enzymology; biofuels and biocatalysis

Dr. Aubrey D.N.J. de Grey
Sens Foundation, 110 Pioneer Way, Suite J, Mountain View, CA 94041,USA
Interests: biology of aging; regenerative medicine

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
Interests: understand and exploit microbes using molecular, (meta)genomics and systems approaches; human intestinal tract microbiota and its relation with health and disease

Dr. Jason P. Dworkin
Astrochemistry Laboratory, Code 691, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Tel. +1 301 286 8631; Fax: +1 301 286 1683
Interests: astrobiology; astrochemistry; chirality; extraterrestrial organics; meteoritics; origin of life; planetary science; prebiotic chemistry; small bodies

Prof. Dr. George E. Fox
Department of Biology and Biochemstry, University of Houston, 369 Science & research Bldg. 2, Houston, TX 77204-5001, USA
Interests: ribosome evolution; RNA sequence space; RNA structure; Archaea

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. Charles W. Greer
Energy, Mining and Environment, National Research Council Canada, 6100 Royalmount Avenue, H4P 2R2, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Interests: microbial ecology; microbial diversity; extreme environments; climate change; molecular ecology; bioremediation; biodegradation; environmental microbiology; metagenomics/metatranscriptomics
Contribution: Special Issue: Life at the Poles: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution in Polar Regions

Prof. Dr. Hyman Hartman
Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Interests: origin of life; origin of the eukaryotic cell; origin and evolution of photosynthesis; origin and evolution of metabolism; origin and evolution of the genetic code; the clay hypothesis

Prof. Dr. Joe Herbert
Emeritus Professor, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0PY, UK
Interests: neuroscience; endocrinology; financial decision-making; psychiatric disorders

Prof. Dr. Piet Herdewyn
Laboratory for Medicinal Chemistry, Minderbroedersstraat 10 blok x - box 1030, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Tel. +32 16 337387
Interests: chemistry of nucleoside; nucleotide; nucleic acids and their applications in medicine and biotechnology; organic chemistry; synthetic biology, systems chemistry

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Herrmann
Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG), Department Developmental Genetics, Ihnestr. 63-73, D-14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 8413 1409; Fax: +49 30 8413 1229
Interests: developmental genetics of the mouse; trunk development; regulatory networks controlling tissue formation and organ development; EMT; epigenetic control mechanisms; long noncoding RNA; tumorigenesis; non-Mendelian inheritance in the mouse
Contribution: In other journals:
Special Issue: Long Noncoding RNAs

Prof. Dr. Desmond G. Higgins
The Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel. +00353 1 716 6833; Fax: +00353 1 716 6701
Interests: bioinformatics, sequence alignment, genome evolution, gene expression analysis

Prof. Dr. Nils G. Holm
Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, SE-106 91, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel. +46 8 164743; Fax: +46 8 674 7897
Interests: geobiology; astrobiology; hydrothermal organic geochemistry; subsurface biosphere

Prof. Dr. Philip Hugenholtz
Director, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences & Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Level 5 Molecular Biosciences Bldg #76, Cooper Road, St Lucia, QLD, 4072, Brisbane, Australia
Tel. +61 7 336 53822; Fax: +61 7 336 54511
Interests: microbial diversity; microbial ecology and evolution

Prof. Dr. Stuart A. Kauffman
Complex Systems Center, University of Vermont, 200C Farrell Hall, 210 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05405, USA
Interests: theoretical biology; evolution; origin of life; philosophy; economics

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Klenk
Head, School of Biology, Ridley Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
Tel. +44 (0) 191 208 5138
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

Dr. Nikos C. Kyrpides
Prokaryote Super Program Head, DOE Joint Genome Institute, 2800 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA
Tel. +925 296 5718; Fax: +925 296 5666
Interests: microbial Genomics; metagenomics; evolution; bioinformatics; comparative analysis; universal common ancestor; origins and evolution of the genetic code; microbial ecology

Prof. Dr. Joel S. Levine
Department of Applied Science, The College of William and Mary, 330 McGlothin-Street, Williamsburg, VA 23187, USA
Tel. +1 757 229 5553; Fax: + 1 757 221 2050
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. William F. Martin
Head, Institute for Molecular Evolution, University of Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel. +49 211 811 3011; Fax: +49 211 811 3554
Interests: early evolution, origin of life; microbial physiology; anaerobes; endosymbiosis; networks

Prof. Dr. Jesus Martinez-Frias
Geosciences Institute, IGEO (CSIC-UCM) Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas C/ José Antonio Novais, 2 Ciudad Universitaria 28040 Madrid, SPAIN
Tel. +34 91 3944813; Fax: +34 91 3944798
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

Prof. Dr. Karen J. Meech
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Tel. +1 808 956 6868; Fax: +1 808 956 9580
Interests: comets; delivery of volatiles in the early solar system to habitable worlds; space missions

Prof. Dr. John F. Mustard
Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University, 324 Brook Street, Box 1846, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA
Tel. +1 401 863 2417; Fax: +1 401 863 3978
Interests: planetary surface composition, evolution, and surface processes; remote sensing and spectroscopy of planetary bodies; habitability on Mars and significance of hydrous mineralogy; weathering and alteration of terrestrial environments and their relationship to Mars

Prof. Dr. Rasmus Nielsen
1. Department of Integrative Biology and Department of Statistics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
2. Bioinformatics Centre, Departments of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: statistical genomics; population genetics; molecular evolution; phylogenetics; molecular ecology

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
Interests: Microbial life in extreme environments; Halophiles; Prokaryote; taxonomy and nomenclature

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
Tel. +33 1 45 17 15 58; Fax: +33 1 45 17 15 64
Interests: prebiotic chemistry; extraterrestrial organic chemistry; astrobiology; exobiology; astrobiologically oriented space missions; Titan; Mars; comets

Prof. Graham Richards, CBE
Inhibox Ltd, Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road, Oxford OX1 1BY, UK
Interests: computer-aided drug design

Prof. Dr. Francisco Rodriguez-Valera
Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Campus de San Juan, 03550, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
Tel. +34 965 91 9551; Fax: +34 965 91 9457
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
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

Dr. Michael J. Russell
Planetary Chemistry and Astrobiology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109-8099, USA
Interests: Emergence of life, mechanisms of free energy conversion across all scales, astrobiology, exhalative ore deposits

Prof. Dr. Stephan W. Scherer
1. Director, The Centre for Applied Genomics, The Hospital for Sick Children
2. Director, McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine, University of Toronto
3. 14th Floor, Toronto Medical Discovery Tower/MaRS Discovery District 101 College St., Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7, Canada
Tel. +1 416 813 7613
Interests: genome sciences

Prof. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch
School of the Environment, Webster Hall 1148, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
Tel. +1 509 335 1180
Interests: planetary habitability; astrobiology; evolutionary biology; extreme environments; geobiology; space missions
Contribution: Special Issue: Planetary Exploration: Habitats and Terrestrial Analogs

Prof. Dr. Joseph Seckbach
Mevo Hadas 20, P.O.Box 1132, Efrat 90435, Israel
Tel. +972 2 9932932; Fax: +972 2 993 1832
Interests: enigmatic microorganisms; life in extreme environments and astrobiology; phycology-thermo-acidic algae; plant ferritin

Prof. Dr. Janet L. Siefert
Department of Statistics, Rice University, MS 138, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892, USA
Interests: origin of life; ecology; microbial ecology

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
Interests: bioinformatics; structural biology; evolution; phylogenetics; RNA; genomics; transcriptomics; systems chemistry; graph theory; discrete mathematics; algorithmics; origins of life

Dr. Tore Straume
Space Biosciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA
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. 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
Interests: space life sciences; space medicine; smart medical systems and technology; neuroscience

Prof. Dr. Ken Takai
Program Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology, 2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan
Tel. +81 46 867 9677; Fax: +81 46 867 9715
Interests: geomicrobiology; biogeochemistry; astrobiology; extremophiles; limits of life and biosphere; habitability; exploration of boundary biosphere

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
Tel. +1 617 726 6845; Fax: +1 617 726 1949
Interests: genetics and neurodegenerative disorders

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