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Hypotheses in the Life Sciences

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Prof. Dr. Helga Stan-Lotter *
Division of Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
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
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. Changzhen Fu
MDPI Wuhan Office, No.6 Jingan Road, 5.5 Creative Industry Park, Floor 25th. 430064 Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
Editorial Manager
Mr. Alistair Freeland
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, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Interests: biotechnology; next generation sequencing; metagenomics; molecular biology and biochemistry of microorganisms; extremophiles; grand challenges

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. Karen J. Meech
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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
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
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
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
Interests: genome sciences
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. Joseph Seckbach
Mevo Hadas 20, P.O.Box 1132, Efrat 90435, Israel
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
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
Interests: genetics and neurodegenerative disorders
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