MBoC Editor Profiles

The Editorial Board of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) is made up of practicing scientists whose expertise spans a broad variety of research topics in cell biology. Get to know a few of our MBoC editorial board members below, or view the full editorial board

Barbercrop

Lab Website:
dbarberlab.ucsf.edu

Diane Barber
University of California, San Francisco

Area(s) of Research
Cancer cell biology, bridging protein structure dynamics, cell behaviors
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

Open access to work bridging multiple disciplines with a focus on cell behaviors.

Patricia Bassereau
Institut Curie (Paris)

Area(s) of Research
Membrane traffic, membrane mechanics, membrane dynamics, cell mechanics
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

MBoC is definitely open to interdisciplinary contributions. This gives cell physicists' papers very good visibility to the cell biology community. It contributes to the dissemination of concepts and technics from physics to other fields, in particular cell biology.

Lab Website:
bement.molbio.wisc.edu

Lab Website:
bement.molbio.wisc.edu

Bill Bement
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Area(s) of Research
Cytoskeleton, signaling, cortical pattern formation
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

We love MBoC. The review process is transparent and fair, the articles reach those who will be most interested very quickly, and they do a simply superb job with figures and movies.

Blanchoincrop

Lab Website:
cytomorpholab.com
Twitter: @Lblanchoin

Laurent Blanchoin
Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble

Area(s) of Research
Cytoskeleton
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

MBoC is a well-recognized journal with fast and constructive reviewing process handled by editors that are experts in the field.

bloomcrop

Lab Website:
bloomlab.web.unc.edu

Kerry Bloom
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Area(s) of Research
Chromosomes, centromeres, mitosis
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

MBoC is run by your peers. We are practicing scientists and as Editors, share the philosophy that our job is to help make the paper the best it can be. We try to be as constructive as possible while providing guidance as appropriate. We strive toward the goal that an MBoC paper means your work is of the highest quality and your peers find it to be of significant interest to an audience of broadly minded cell biologists.

Julie Brill
The Hospital for Sick Children

Area(s) of Research
Spermatogenesis, cell morphogenesis, organelle biogenesis, membrane trafficking, cytoskeletal organization, phosphoinositide signaling, and post-transcriptional regulation
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

My scientific interests range from cell–cell interactions within tissues to cellular differentiation during gametogenesis, biogenesis of subcellular organelles, phospholipid signaling, membrane trafficking, cytoskeletal organization, and post-transcriptional regulation of long noncoding and messenger RNAs. MBoC can benefit researchers by providing a home for science that advances our understanding of fundamental cellular mechanisms that underlie these and other biological processes.

dennisonlisacrop

Lab Website:
sciencesketches.org
Twitter: @SciSketch

Lisa Dennison
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Area(s) of Research
Science Communication
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

I'm passionate about helping scientists reach a broader audience with their work, whether that audience is the general public, or other scientists outside of their research niche. By offering authors the opportunity to create a fun and accessible video abstract to accompany their manuscript, I believe that MBoC will help researchers in all subject areas disseminate their work more widely.

Dennis Discher
University of Pennsylvania

Area(s) of Research
Mechanobiology
How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?

Mechanobiology at the cell and molecular levels is a topic that both ASCB and MBoC have embraced. The Board has a range of expertise and draws from a long and growing list of knowledgable reviewers that appreciate solid work at the interface.

Leah Edelstein-Keshet
University of British Columbia

Area(s) of Research
Models of cell motility and signaling

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
By providing excellent examples of quantitative reasoning in cell biology, as it is currently doing, or at least intending to do so.

Goleycrop

Lab Website:
bs.jhmi.edu/goleylab

Erin Goley - Joined in 2020
Johns Hopkins University

Area(s) of Research
Bacterial cell biology, cytoskeleton, cell division, cell wall, stress responses

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
There may be a misconception that MBoC is focused solely on eukaryotic cell biology; not true! MBoC provides an ideal venue for those studying bacterial and archaeal cell biology to share their findings with the broader cell biology community, with the benefits of constructive peer review and fast turnaround in an innovative society journal. I hope to see MBoC grow in its position as a journal bacterial cell biologists turn to, both for sharing and finding impactful science. 

Jeff Hardin

Lab Website:
worms.zoology.wisc.edu
Twitter: @jdhardin1959

Jeff Hardin
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Area(s) of Research
Cell-cell adhesion, cell movement, morphogenesis

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC publishes cutting edge research at the interface of genetics, cell and developmental biology, including how the cytoskeleton, cell signaling, cell adhesion, and cellular mechanics feed into how embryos develop. It is one of my go-to journals. It values the important work many of us do in model systems, and its straightforward review process and the editorial board of practicing scientists mean that sending papers to MBoC is a great experience.

holtliam

Lab Website:
liamholtlab.org
Twitter: @liamholtlab

Liam Holt - Joined in 2020
New York University School of Medicine

Area(s) of Research
Biophysics, cell biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is a great place for fundamental research at the molecular scale.

Marja Jäättelä - Joined in 2020
Danish Cancer Society Research Center

Area(s) of Research
Cancer, lysosome, autophagy, cell death, lipids, membranes, signaling

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC can offer a non-commercial option for publishing.

Kelloggcrop

Twitter:
@KelloggLab 

Douglas Kellogg
University of California, Santa Cruz

Area(s) of Research
Cell growth, cell size, cell cycle

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
Through a review process that is fair and constructive and Features Articles that highlight issues of broad interest to the cell biology community.

Kozminski

Keith Kozminski
University of Virginia

Area(s) of Research
Polarized cell growth and synthetic biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is a journal that promotes high-quality scholarship and, through its Features section, recognizes that people are at the heart of science, inclusive of their diverse scientific perspectives, histories, and career aspirations.

Daniel Lew
Duke University

Area(s) of Research
Cell polarity, chemotropism, cell cycle

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
A rapid, fair, informed review of submissions.

martincrop

Lab Website:
wp.unil.ch/martinlab
Twitter: @SophieMartinLab

Sophie Martin - Joined in 2020
University of Lausanne

Area(s) of Research
Cell polarization, actin cytoskeleton, cell fusion, yeast

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC has always been a place to publish no-hype, solid research in cell biology and will continue to be thanks to strong community engagement. I look forward to helping serve the community through constructive editorial work.

Tom Misteli
National Cancer Institute

Area(s) of Research
The cell nucleus, chromosomes, chromatin

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is an ideal venue to have high-quality papers in any field of modern cell biology, fairly and quickly reviewed by colleagues in the field.

Alex Mogilner
New York University

Area(s) of Research
Computational biology, mitosis, cytoskeleton, cell motility

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is the type of journal that is becoming rare - free of unscientific pressures, completely objective, run by scientists, for scientists. It brings modest, yet exciting and solid cell biological research to the community. It also brings researchers in my area unbiased, computational-modeling-supported research on cell biology.

Montellcrop

Lab Website:
labs.mcdb.ucsb.edu/montell/denise
Twitter: @montell_denise

Denise Montell
University of California, Santa Barbara

Area(s) of Research
Cell motility, cell survival, phagocytosis, developmental cell biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
A fast and fair review. Special issues. Timely review articles by leaders in the field.

marymunsoncrop

Lab Website:
umassmed.edu/munsonlab
Twitter: @mary_munson4

Mary Munson - Joined in 2020
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Area(s) of Research
Membrane trafficking, especially mechanisms of exo- and endocytosis, membrane fusion, yeast and mammalian systems, biochemistry, structural biology, some immunology (neutrophils mostly)

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
Fair and constructive reviews in a time-sensitive manner, which is something that MBoC has been good at for years. I'd like to see more papers using biochemistry/structural biology in my area. This is an area of cell biology that often falls through the cracks--many studies make important progress in an area, using biochemical techniques, yet may not interesting/novel enough for hard-core biochemistry/structural journals, and not cell biological enough for many cell biology journals.

Oegemacrop

Lab Website:
oegemadesailab.org
Twitter: @oegemadesai_lab

Karen Oegema - Joined in 2020
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research/UCSD

Area(s) of Research
Cell division, cancer biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
By ensuring that a scientist-editor will handle your submission and help deal with any issues that arise during the review and revision process.

olzmanncrop

Lab Website:
olzmannlab.com
Twitter: @OlzmannLab

James Olzmann - Joined in 2020
University of California, Berkeley

Area(s) of Research
Lipid droplets, organelle biogenesis, metabolism, lipotoxicity, ferroptosis, proteome remodeling, ER-associated degradation (ERAD), protein quality control

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC benefits researchers by providing a venue for publishing high-quality cell biology research. MBoC academic editors facilitate a rapid and fair manuscript review process that ensures rigorous science while minimizing extraneous experiments. Publishing in MBoC also supports ASCB, a society that promotes cell biology research, education, community, diversity in STEM, and public policy. 

Nestor Oviedo - Joined in 2020
University of California, Merced

Area(s) of Research
Stem cells, tissue regeneration, developmental biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
Appealing to the possibility of publishing work intersecting molecular regulators at the cellular and organismal level.

Pollardcrop

Lab Website:
pollardlab.yale.edu

Thomas Pollard
Yale University

Area(s) of Research
Cytokinesis, cell motility, endocytosis

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC publishes many of the top papers on cytokinesis, especially studies using yeast as a model system. The editors and reviewers treat authors with respect, offering helpful suggestions, even if a paper is rejected on scientific grounds.

Riezmancrop

Howard Riezman
University of Geneva

Area(s) of Research
Lipid metabolism and function

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
By publishing high-quality work where the scientific impact is evaluated by scientists actively working in the field. Promote work in important, but less fashionable areas, for example, lipid metabolism and function. By giving a fair review and not asking for work that should be in the next manuscript in order to publish the submitted one. Promote DORA principles and return the judging of scientific quality for grants and jobs to scientists who evaluate the work, based on its contributions.

rodalcrop

Lab Website:
rodallab.org
Twitter: @RodalLab

Avital Rodal - Joined in 2020
Brandeis University

Area(s) of Research
Membrane traffic, neurobiology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is a unique and excellent place to share discoveries about the cell biology of neurons with editors, reviewers, and readers who care deeply about cellular mechanisms and functions. In particular, this audience appreciates and values the unique adaptations of core cell biological processes in specialized nervous system cells, in diverse model systems. MBoC’s fair, fast, and expert editorial process also makes for a pain-free and constructive publishing experience for neurobiologists.

Antonina Roll-Mecak - Joined in 2020
National Institutes of Health

Area(s) of Research
Cytoskeleton

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC published and continues to publish many of the important papers in the cytoskeleton field. It offers a constructive and efficient review process and a high-quality publishing platform for all exciting work in cell biology.

Skopcrop

Lab Website:
skoplab.weebly.com
Twitter: @foodskop

Ahna Skop - Joined in 2020
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Area(s) of Research
Midbody, mitosis, cytokinesis, asymmetric cell division

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is the premier journal for cell biologists and can help raise awareness and promote women and URM scientists by highlighting them more often, in the journal and online.

Anne Spang
Biozentrum, University of Basel

Area(s) of Research
Membrane dynamics, intracellular transport, endosome maturation, small GTPases, mRNA translation, mRNA transport, mRNA stability and decay, S. cerevisiae, C. elegans, mammalian cells

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC has always been the journal in which the highest quality papers in the area of membrane transport and dynamics, exo- and endocytosis, have been published. MBoC is also the place where high-quality papers are published, even and perhaps because they go against the current dogma. Those are usually not published in the very top journals because the reviewers are the ones who protect their turf. 1 of the 3 papers I'm most proud of in my career, is in MBoC! Poteryaev et al 2005.

Walczakcrop

Lab Website:
walczaklab-iu.mystrikingly.com
Twitter: @WalczakLab_IU, @clairewalczak

Claire Walczak - Joined in 2020
Indiana University School of Medicine-Bloomington

Area(s) of Research
Genomic instability, microtubule motors and dynamics, mechanisms of chromosome segregation and aneuploidy

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is the journal of the American Society of Cell Biology. It represents our field and is led and run by a team of outstanding scientists. The goal is to publish high-quality science that defines in the broadest sense of how cell biology impacts many areas of science. It is important that as society members we support this journal with great work from our own lab and encourage colleagues to do the same. MBoC also supports the principles of DORA in evaluating every paper on its own merit.

Wangcrop

Yu-li Wang
Carnegie Mellon University

Area(s) of Research
Mechanobiology, cell migration

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC, as a journal managed by fellow cell biologists, is highly open-minded about research areas whose importance may not be easily appreciated by other journals. It is also refreshing to have editors behaving as advocates of authors, working together toward the common goal of high scientific quality and impact.

wickenscrop

Marvin Wickens
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Area(s) of Research
Biochemistry, molecular biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
Fair reviews, without unwarranted emphasis on what is trendy or the hot topic, but judged by whether the work is interesting and well-substantiated experimentally.

wolincrop

Lab Website:
ccr.cancer.gov/RNA-Biology-Laboratory/sandra-l-wolin
Twitter: @NCISandraWolin

Sandra Wolin
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Area(s) of Research
RNA Biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
I believe that MBoC benefits our community by continuing to providing a home for high quality research in the broad area of cell biology. Like the society we represent, we strive to be a "big tent" in being inclusive and welcoming to researchers in every area of the very large discipline of cell biology. We also work to make sure that our colleagues' research is evaluated promptly, fairly and courteously.

zhucrop

Xueliang Zhu
Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Area(s) of Research
Cell motility and ciliary biology

How do you believe MBoC can benefit researchers in your area?
MBoC is a society journal of reputation. It can also benefit researchers by making full use of the expert monitoring editors for fair manuscript handling and panic-free publication.

Submit Your Next Great Paper to MBoC

MBoC provides constructive, fair peer review from working scientists, a format-neutral submission format, and a quick turnaround of manuscripts.

Submit your paper to MBoC at www.mbcpapers.org.