Communications Biology Editorial Board

Our Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies. Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. Our Editorial Board Members handle manuscripts within their areas of expertise, overseeing all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Georgios Giamas
Research areas: Cancer, cell signaling, proteomics

Dr. Georgios Giamas obtained his Biology degree (BSc) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. He then undertook his Doctoral degree (PhD - Magna Cum Laude) at the University of Ulm (Germany). Following postdoctoral work at the University of Ulm, he moved to Imperial College London at 2007, working as a Research Associate in the Division of Surgery and Cancer. In 2011 he was awarded Imperial College’s prestigious Junior Research Fellowship. In 2012 he was awarded a NIHR Senior Research Fellowship and was appointed as a Research Team Leader. Since July 2015, he is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Cell Signalling at University of Sussex and holds an honorary contract (Visiting Reader) with Imperial College.
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Linn Hoffmann 
Research areas: Marine phytoplankton eco-physiology, ocean acidification, trace metals

Dr. Linn Hoffmann is a Lecturer for Marine Botany at the University of Otago New Zealand. Dr. Hoffmann completed her PhD in marine biogeochemistry at the University of Kiel (Germany). After postdoctoral stays in Gothenburg (Sweden) and Dunedin (New Zealand) she became the head of an Emmy Noether Young investigator group in Kiel (Germany) in 2013. In 2014 she became a Lecturer at the University of Otago, New Zealand. In the same year Linn was awarded the Feodor Lynen Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Linn’s work concentrates on the implications of environmental stressors on marine phytoplankton ecology and physiology. She has a special interest in the effects of ocean acidification and trace metal release from volcanic eruptions on marine phytoplankton communities.

Ngan Huang 
Research areas: Biomedical engineering, cardiovascular & musculoskeletal diseases, stem cells

Dr. Ngan F. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University and Principal Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Huang completed her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a PhD in bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley & University of California San Francisco Joint Program in Bioengineering. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University. Her laboratory investigates the interactions between stem cells and extracellular matrix microenvironment for engineering cardiovascular tissues to treat cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Huang has authored over 60 publications and patents, including reports in Nature MedicinePNAS, and Nano Letters. She has received numerous honors, including a NIH K99/R00 Career Development Award, Fellow of the American Heart Association, a Young Investigator award from the Society for Vascular Medicine, a Young Investigator Award from the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas, and a Rising Star award at the Cell & Molecular Bioengineering conference. Her research is funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and Department of Veteran Affairs.
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Wei Li
Research areas: Neuroscience, memory and pain, genetics

Dr. Wei Li joined the faculty of the School of Life Sciences and Technology at Tongji Univeristy in 2012. She received her Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining Tongji University, Dr. Li completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Li lab combines the genetic model organism C. elegans and mammalian systems to study the mechanisms of memory and pain, and uses a multidisciplinary approach of molecular genetics, functional imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics and behavioral analysis.

Si Ming Man 
Research areas: Microbiology, innate immunity, chronic disease

Dr. Si Ming Man received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, for his work on inflammasomes in the host defence against Salmonella infection. He conducted his postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, where he investigated the role of inflammasome signalling in the host response to infection and cancer. Currently, he is a Group Leader at the Australian National University, Australia, where his laboratory focuses on innate immunity in the host defence against infectious diseases and the development of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Shahid Mukhtar 
Research areas: Plant biology, bioinformatics, genomics

Dr. Shahid Mukhtar conducted his PhD research on Arabidopsis transcriptional regulatory networks at the Max Planck Institute Cologne, Germany. He then carried out postdoctoral research in plant systems biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, collaborating with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute & Center for Cancer Systems Biology, Boston. Shahid started his own laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. His research focuses at the interface of bioinformatics and life sciences. He is broadly interested in interdisciplinary research projects focused on genomics/systems biology of host plant immunity using computational approaches.
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Ingrid Span 
Research areas: Structural biology, metalloenzymes

Dr. Ingrid Span received her PhD from Technical University Munich, where she received the Emil Erlenmeyer Medal for outstanding achievements, and carried out her postdoctoral work at Northwestern University in the US. Dr. Span is a recipient of the Liebig fellowship of the Foundation of Chemical Industry and has received research fellowship and return grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG). She has been an independent researcher at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf since 2014 and currently holds the title of Junior Professor. Dr. Span’s group investigates the structure and function of metalloproteases and the synthesis and characterization of artificial metalloenzymes.

Michel Thiebaut de Schotten 
Research areas: Cognitive neuroscience, stroke, brain anatomy and evolution

Dr. Michel Thiebaut de Schotten received his PhD from la Sorbonne in Paris for his work on spatial neglect as a disconnection syndrome. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry King's College London, he mapped the organisation of white matter anatomy in the healthy human living brain. Michel joined the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) as a tenure-track researcher in 2012 and founded the BCBlab. He now conducts research on white matter anatomy, brain evolution, brain disconnections and new brain-behaviour associations. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious British Neuropsychological Society's Early Career Award, the Elizabeth Warrington Prize as well as the European Society for Neuropsychology Cortex prize.
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