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The EMBO Journal
Molecular Systems Biology
EMBO Molecular Medicine
The EMBO Journal
|Bernd Pulverer (Chief Editor)
Following undergraduate studies in Cambridge, Bernd received his PhD in 1992 from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, London, for uncovering posttranslational regulation of the transcription factors c-Jun and c-Myc by the JNK and MAP kinases. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and at the University of Innsbruck. Bernd was associate and then senior editor at Nature from 1999 until 2002 and subsequently chief editor of Nature Cell Biology. He joined EMBO in 2009 as chief editor of The EMBO Journal and Head of Scientific Publications.
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|Karin Dumstrei (Senior Editor)
Immunology; Neuroscience; Host Pathogen Interaction
Karin received her PhD from the University of California Los Angeles where she studied DE-cadherin mediated cell adhesion in Drosophila in the lab of Volker Hartenstein. She then went to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen where she worked on primordial germ cell migration in zebrafish with Erez Raz. Karin joined The EMBO Journal in 2005.
tel: +49 6221 8891 406
|Hartmut Vodermaier (Senior Editor)
Cell Cycle; DNA Replication, Repair & Recombination; Post-translational Modifications, Proteolysis & Proteomics; Structural Biology; Chromatin, Epigenetics & Genomics
Hartmut received his PhD from the University of Vienna for his work on ubiquitination and the cell cycle carried out in the group of Jan-Michael Peters. In his postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Andrea Musacchio at the IFOM-IEO campus in Milan, he focussed on the role of kinetochore proteins in chromosome segregation. Hartmut joined The EMBO Journal in 2006.
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|Andrea Leibfried (Editor)
Plant Biology; Membranes & Transport; Signal Transduction; Cell Death & Autophagy; Metabolism
Andrea worked with Jan Lohmann on stem cell maintenance in the plant Arabidopsis before moving to the field of trafficking. In 2009 she obtained her PhD from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, for which she studied DE-Cadherin trafficking in Drosophila with Yohanns Bellaiche at the Curie Institute. She then went to Anne Ephrussi's lab at the EMBL in Heidelberg to work on oocyte polarity and mRNA trafficking in Drosophila. Andrea joined The EMBO Journal in 2013.
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|Anne Nielsen (Editor)
RNA Biology; Protein Biosynthesis & Quality Control; Structural Biology; Systems, Chemical and Computational Biology; Channels; Transcription; Chromatin & Epigenetics
Anne received her PhD from Aarhus University in 2008 for work on miRNA processing in Joergen Kjems' lab. As a postdoc she then went on to join Javier Martinez' lab at IMBA in Vienna and focused on siRNA-binding proteins and non-conventional splicing in the unfolded protein response. Anne joined The EMBO Journal in 2012.
tel: +49 6221 8891 408
|Daniel Klimmeck (Editor)
Stem Cells; Signal Transduction; Ageing; Metabolism; Molecular Biology of Disease; Cancer
Daniel received his PhD in 2008 with work on ion channel signaling in sensory neurons in the laboratory of Stephan Frings at the University of Heidelberg. As a postdoc, he focused on the molecular characterization of cancer and hematopoietic stem cells with Andreas Trumpp at the DKFZ and Jeroen Krijgsveld at EMBL. Daniel joined The EMBO Journal in 2015.
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|Ieva Gailite (Editor)
Development; Cell Adhesion, Polarity & Cytoskeleton; Signal Transduction
Ieva received her PhD from the University of Göttingen where she worked on cell polarity and endocytosis in Drosophila in the lab of Andreas Wodarz. In 2011 she moved to do her postdoc with Nicolas Tapon at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (now The Francis Crick Institute), where she worked on the regulation of tissue growth via the Hippo pathway. Ieva joined The EMBO Journal in 2016.
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|Esther Schnapp (Senior Editor)
Chromatin & Epigenetics; Developmental Biology; DNA Replication, Repair & Recombination; Genomics; Metabolism & Cell Physiology; Neuroscience; Plant Biology; Protein Biosynthesis & Quality Control; RNA Biology; Transcription
Esther joined EMBO reports in October 2008. She was awarded her PhD in 2005 at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, where she studied tail regeneration in the axolotl. As a post-doc she worked on muscle development in zebrafish and on the characterisation of mesoangioblasts at the Stem Cell Research Institute of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy.
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|Martina Rembold (Editor)
Ageing; Autophagy; Cell Adhesion, Cell Death; Channels; Membrane & Intracellular Transport; Molecular Evolution & Ecology; Polarity & Cytoskeleton; Post-translational Modifications & Proteolysis; Systems and Computational Biology
Martina joined EMBO Reports in September 2015. After her undergraduate studies in Vienna, Martina worked on histone modifications during mouse embryonic development in the lab of Christian Seiser. She received her PhD from EMBL Heidelberg where she studied optic vesicle morphogenesis in medaka fish with Jochen Wittbrodt. For her postdoctoral work she went to Maria Leptin's lab at University of Cologne and focussed on Drosophila gastrulation and on the role of Snail family genes in mesoderm and neuroblast development using genome-wide technologies.
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|Achim Breiling (Editor)
Cancer; Cell Cycle; Immunology; Microbiology, Virology & Host-Pathogen Interaction; Molecular Biology of Disease; Signal Transduction; Stem Cells
Achim joined EMBO reports in January 2016. Achim received his PhD at the Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) in Heidelberg 1998, working on the functional characterisation of epigenetic modifiers in Drosophila. He then moved as postdoctoral researcher to Milan and Naples (Italy), further studying the regulation and maintenance of epigenetic silencing. Since 2007 he worked at the Division of Epigenetics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, focussing on the role of dynamic DNA methylation during differentiation.
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|Holger Breithaupt (Senior Editor)
Science & Society
Holger joined EMBO reports in 2000. He currently handles Science & Society content for the journal. Holger earned his PhD at the University of Düsseldorf’s Institute of Enzyme Technology and then studied science journalism at New York University's Science and Environmental Reporting Program. He worked as a freelance journalist before joining EMBO reports as Features Editor at the journal’s inception.
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Molecular Systems Biology
|Thomas Lemberger (Chief Editor)
Thomas completed his PhD at the University of Lausanne, where he studied hormonal regulation of gene expression by nuclear receptors. He moved then to Heidelberg where his research focused on the regulation of transcription in the brain.
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|Maria Polychronidou (Scientific Editor)
Maria received her PhD from the University of Heidelberg, where she studied the role of nuclear membrane proteins in development and aging. During her post-doctoral work, she focused on the analysis of tissue-specific regulatory functions of Hox transcription factors using a combination of computational and genome-wide methods.
tel: +49 6221 8891 410
EMBO Molecular Medicine
|Philippe Sansonetti (Chief Editor)
(Institut Pasteur, Paris)
Philippe Sansonetti trained as a medical doctor at the Université Paris VI, France before moving into research. In 1989 he founded and became the director of the Insitut Pasteur’s Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Unit. He is Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Collège de France. He has acted as Medical Director of the Institut Pasteur hospital, and held administrative positions at INSERM, the French Ministry of Research and Technology and the World Health Organisation.
Sansonetti’s research focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of bacterial infections. He has contributed detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms through which Shigella invades and kills cells, and is developing vaccine candidates against this dysentery-causing bacterium.
His work has been recognized by numerous awards and he is an elected member of national and international organisations, including EMBO, the French Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences.
|Roberto Buccione (Scientific Editor)
Roberto Buccione completed his PhD at the University of l'Aquila, Italy studying the process of oogenesis in mammals. After continuing these studies as a post-doctoral researcher at the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME, USA, he joined the Mario Negri Sud research institute in S. Maria Imbaro, Italy, where he lead a research group focused on the cell biology of tumour cell invasion. He joined EMBO Molecular Medicine as a Scientific Editor in October 2012.
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|Céline Carret (Scientific Editor)
Céline Carret completed her PhD at the University of Montpellier, France, characterising host immunodominant antigens to fight babesiosis, a parasitic disease caused by a unicellular Apicomplexan parasite closely related to the malaria agent Plasmodium. She further developed her post-doctoral career on malaria working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK and Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Céline joined EMBO Molecular Medicine as a Scientific Editor in March 2011.
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