MBoC Early Career Editor Profiles

In 2021 Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) selected a new group of Early-Career Editors dedicated to curating and highlighting significant preprints posted on bioRxiv. This diverse group of pre-tenure faculty and postdocs will write highlights and apply badges to selected preprints. Their contributions will alert MBoC readers to the latest research, provide readily digestible summaries for preprint readers, and add visibility for authors. Early-Career Editors will serve for a term of one to two years, with new members appointed each year. They will also receive training and mentorship from senior MBoC editors to support their growth as future leaders in their research communities.

Read their profiles below. Click here to view the regular MBoC Editor Profiles or view the full editorial board

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Lab Website:
linkedin.com/in/kristina-aguilera-phd
Twitter: @kaguilera9

Kristina Aguilera - Joined in 2021
University of California, Los Angeles

Area(s) of Research
Cancer Therapeutics, Tumor Biology
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Preprints are an accelerating form of publication which facilitate the rapid dissemination of novel findings in a field. I’m excited to contribute to the newly formed Early-Career Editors board at MBoC which will promote progress, development, and innovation for cell biologists through the curation of key works in the field of cell biology.

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Lab Website:
bissonlab.com
Twitter: @_Alex_Bisson_

Alexandre Bisson - Joined in 2021
Brandeis University

Area(s) of Research
Cell biology of Archaea
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
The curiosity about the cell biology of archaea has exploded in the past few years. But we need to convert this interest into more trainees and research groups in the field. Bringing archaea into the spotlight will encourage more groups to preprint their work, which will speed up the buildout and increase the diversity of our community. Combining the agility of preprints with MBoC represents an unprecedented opportunity to bring together archaeal biologists and the broad cell biology community.

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Twitter: @Luis_BonetPonce

Luis Bonet-Ponce - Joined in 2021
National Institutes of Health, NIA

Area(s) of Research
Lysosomal biology, Parkinson's disease, Membrane trafficking, Neurodegeneration
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
The number of researchers opting to share their results in a preprint format has grown exponentially. Preprints allow scientists to share their research in a much quicker way than the peer-review process, which has a positive effect since it can generate ideas and new projects before the results are published in a journal. The presence of curators that highlight high-quality preprints can enhance this process by pointing the scientific community to the most interesting ones.

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Lab Website:
labs.utdallas.edu/niblab
Twitter: @mike_doc_B

Michael Burton - Joined in 2021
University of Texas at Dallas

Area(s) of Research
Neuroscience, Immunology, Cell biology
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Connecting appropriate preprints to MBoC will enable researchers in my area (and others) to discover another outlet for peer-review and publication.

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Twitter: @cSabrya

Sabrya Carim - Joined in 2021
University of Montréal

Area(s) of Research
Cytokinesis, Cell division
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC publishes scientifically solid and high-quality papers across the scope of cell biology, with a widespread impact on various research areas. Preprints are a great way of making research works available faster to researchers and encourage helpful discussions that advance everyone's work. MBoC also ensures diversity and inclusion in the Cell Biology community, which is inspiring.

Fadie Coleman - Joined in 2021
Boston University

Area(s) of Research
Cellular immunology, Microbial pathogenesis
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
The efforts of scientists over the past year in response to the pandemic have shown us that there is a great benefit to coming together to work towards moving science forward. Preprints can help move science forward by providing a platform for early access to timely information. There remains a great deal to study and learn in cellular immunology and microbial pathogenesis. Preprints can serve as a vehicle for the sharing of information in an efficient and responsible manner.

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Lab Website:
jacquelinedelora.com
Twitter: @jdeloraPhD

Jacqueline De Lora - Joined in 2021
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research

Area(s) of Research
Synthetic biology, Organoid biology, Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Optogenetics
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC and preprints will enable readers and authors to reach their full research potential by highlighting new findings outside of the traditional cell biology space, thereby supporting an interdisciplinary community of scientists. Incorporating preprints from fields beyond molecular and cellular biology including synthetic biology, biophysics, optics, biomaterials, optogenetics, and bioengineering synergistically aligns with the core topics that MBoC features and enhances research diversity.

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Samuel Dean - Joined in 2021
University of Warwick

Area(s) of Research
Trypanosome cell biology, Parasites, Flagellum, Ciliopathy, Molecular genetic tools
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
I am passionate about the open science publishing movement and excited about its potential to fast-track research and improve science participation. bioRxiv has been a game-changing resource that has advanced science by bringing bleeding-edge research to the science community far more quickly than traditional publishing. MBoC complements preprint servers by providing transparent and constructive peer review and open access of edited manuscripts.

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Lab Website:
embl.org/dey
Twitter: @Dey_Gautam

Guatam Dey - Joined in 2021
European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Area(s) of Research
Evolutionary cell biology, Cell division, Nuclear architecture, Nuclear remodeling, Microbial evolution
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Preprints have transformed life sciences publishing, and in fact, so successfully in recent years that curation is now a bottleneck--there are simply too many preprints to read. As the publishing arm of the world's largest cell biology organization, MBoC is well-positioned to play a leading role in shaping the preprint curation landscape, and we're here to help!

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Lab Website:
dudinlab.com
Twitter: @dudin_o

Omaya Dudin - Joined in 2021
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Area(s) of Research
Cell biology, Evolutionary cell biology, Microbiology
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
The characterization of emerging model organisms has been growing substantially in the past decade. Several breakthroughs have been recently made in the isolation, culture, and genetic manipulation of several non-model species with key evolutionary positions paving the way for an upcoming myriad of novel discoveries in cell and developmental biology. I believe that MBoC can be a key ally in bringing to light this field with all its curious, offbeat, and unique research.

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Twitter: @sehamebrahim

Seham Ebrahim - Joined in 2021
National Institutes of Health, NCI

Area(s) of Research
Cytoskeleton, Cell biology, Intravital microscopy, Electron microscopy
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
The current speed of the peer-review publication process cannot keep up with the trajectory of advances in microscopy technologies, cell biology, and intravital imaging. Preprints are beneficial to researchers in eliminating this lag time, allowing work to be cited earlier, as well as increasing visibility to and feedback from the broader community. MBoC, a flagship journal for molecular and cell biology, provides an ideal platform for researchers in these areas to present new data and ideas.

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Twitter: @Jakeaherman

Jacob Herman- Joined in 2021
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Area(s) of Research
Chromosome segregation, CRISPR technologies, Cancer biology
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Preprints make science and scientific publishing more open and transparent but it can be hard to keep track of all the amazing research that is happening. With this effort, I think MBoC can help organize and highlight outstanding cell biology work from the *entire* research community.

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Lab Website:
scholar.google.com/citations?user=uGneLnYAAAAJ&hl=en
Twitter: @jenelandino

Jennifer Landino - Joined in 2021
University of Michigan

Area(s) of Research
Cytokinesis, Cytoskeleton, Live imaging
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Preprints have become an essential part of communicating emerging research and allow scientists to freely share information and ideas. They are an important complement to formal publication and allow researchers to receive feedback from the broader scientific community earlier than the traditional peer-review process. Preprints also help generate excitement in the field, which can help authors and editors evaluate the impact of the work.

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Lab Website:
laskerlab.org
Twitter:
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Keren Lasker - Joined in 2021
Scripps Research

Area(s) of Research
Microbiology, Biomolecular condensates, Integrative modeling
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Researchers across many disciplines are making rapid progress uncovering the importance of biomolecular condensates in cellular physiology and disease etiology. Preprints greatly facilitate this accelerated pace as they enable researchers to communicate findings early, receive timely feedback, identify collaborators and build a community of scholars. I am looking forward to contributing further to this exciting new development in open science, by highlighting preprints in our field.

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Twitter: @DasfneLee

Dasfne Lee-Liu - Joined in 2021
Geroscience Center for Brain Health and Metabolism (GERO), University of Chile

Area(s) of Research
Aging, Astrocytes, Brain metabolism, Neuron-astrocyte interaction, Transomics and integrative approaches
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
The study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of physiological aging is a relatively young field, and as such, preprints are playing a key role in making available the latest findings without the need to wait for the more-often-than-not slow peer-review process. As an affiliate journal of Review Commons, MBoC offers an excellent opportunity to streamline the publication process without losing the rigor required to publish excellent quality science.

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Twitter: @gracelimhuiyi 

Grace Lim - Joined in 2021
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Area(s) of Research
Developmental biology, Stem cells
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Platforms that promote open science, including MBoC and preprint servers, are amazing resources to learn about the latest advances in each field. Preprints are a great way to share one's work and engage in discussions with the wider scientific community. I'm thrilled to be a part of this new initiative, and I look forward to highlighting outstanding new preprints for researchers in my field.

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Twitter: @adrimantegazza

Adriana Mantegazza- Joined in 2021
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Area(s) of Research
Dendritic cells, Phagocytosis, Autophagy, Membrane trafficking, Antigen presentation, Pattern recognition receptors, Inflammasomes
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Preprints can help researchers broadcast their findings earlier and receive more input from peers for publication.

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Lab Website:
crick.ac.uk/research/labs/rashmi-priya
Twitter: @_Priya_R

Rashmi Priya - Joined in 2021
The Francis Crick Institute

Area(s) of Research
Morphogenesis, Mechanics, Organogenesis, Heart development 
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
I strongly believe in MBoC’s vision of emphasizing scientific excellence, not just the ‘fit’ of the research topic, and that’s why I am very excited about this role. I will endeavor to bring more focus on developmental mechanics/cell biology work, especially work from other early-career researchers. This is an excellent initiative by MBoC, and it will advance the quality of science and create a fair transparent system where readers can appreciate the significance of research on its own merit.

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Lab Website:
riosbarrera-lab.org
Twitter: @yosoyden

Daniel Rios - Joined in 2021
Institute for Biomedical Research, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Area(s) of Research
Cell biology, Morphogenesis, Embryonic development
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Preprints are very powerful tools to disseminate scientific works and widen the path toward open science. At the same time, they allow us to judge a paper for its own value, removing journal labels. By supporting preprints, MBoC is contributing to promoting fair evaluation of scientific works and improving the way we discuss and do scientific research.

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Twitter: @MiddDevils

Lindsey Seldin - Joined in 2021
Vanderbilt University

Area(s) of Research
Epithelial stem cells, Plasticity, Microenvironment
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Researchers can greatly benefit from MBoC’s ongoing initiatives to transfer submissions directly from bioRxiv as well as consider preprint reviews from Review Commons. This not only expedites the peer review process, but also further bolsters open-access platforms, which are essential for scientists to rapidly disseminate new ideas and discoveries.

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Twitter: @meiChromosomes

Viji Subramanian - Joined in 2021
Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati

Area(s) of Research
Chromosome structure and organization, Genome stability, Meiosis
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
With a tremendous boost in technology, research in chromosome biology (and other fields) is moving at an extremely fast pace. The preprint culture, a boon for global scientific conversation, adds to this pace and brings a large amount of research to our screens almost instantaneously. MBoC’s initiative will simplify this complexity by identifying the most interesting articles for readers.

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Daisuke Takao - Joined in 2021
University of Tokyo

Area(s) of Research
Cell biology, Imaging, Biophysics, Data science
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
There have been so many valuable papers and preprints available online--it could be "too many", though. If such papers and preprints are curated and highlighted, it will help researchers understand trends particularly in fields beyond their specialties. So, I believe highlighting preprints with MBoC can benefit researchers by broadening their horizons.

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Lab Website:
assafzaritsky.com
Twitter: @AssafZaritsky

Assaf Zaritsky - Joined in 2021
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Area(s) of Research
Computational cell dynamics, Quantitative microscopy
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
Promoting quantitative aspects of cell biology--by helping cell biologists become aware of the potential and possibilities of data science, and opening data scientists up to the fascinating domain of cell imaging.

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Lab Website:
bio.cmu.edu/laboratories/zhang
Twitter: @lab_zhang

Huaiying Zhang - Joined in 2021
Carnegie Mellon University

Area(s) of Research
Phase separation/biomolecular condensates
How do you believe MBoC and preprints can benefit researchers in your area?
As a fast-paced research area, the phase separation field can benefit from the immediate availability of results from preprints and the leading expertise in cell biology from MBoC.