Biophysical Journal Editor’s Corner

New Editorial Board Members Named

On July 1, Biophysical Journal added two new Associate Editors. Dave Piston, Vanderbilit University, will replace outgoing Michael Edidin, Johns Hopkins University, as Associate Editor of the Cell Biophysics section, and E. Michael Ostap, University of Pennsylvania, will take over the Molecular Machines, Motors, and Nanoscale Biophysics section from outgoing Associate Editor Yale Goldman, University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, 25 new Editors will also begin three-year terms under the various sections.
They are:

Section I: Proteins and Nucleic Acids
Dan Raleigh, Stony Brook University
Jason Kahn, University of Maryland
David Eliezer, Weill Cornell Medical College
Jim Cole, University of Connecticut

Section II: Channels and Transporters
Mirriam Goodman, Stanford University

Section III: Cell Biophysics
Jochen Guck, Cambridge University,United Kingdom
Katharina Gaus, University of New South Wales, Australia
Klaus Hahn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ruth Baker, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Section IV: Membranes
Tobias Baumgart, University of Pennsylvania
Arne Gericke, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Section V: Systems Biophysics
Ewa Paluch, Max Planck Institute, Germany
James Keener, University of Utah
Alan Grodzinsky, MIT

Section VI: Molecular Machines, Motors, and Nanoscale Biophysics
Stefan Diez, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Ram Dixit, Washington University
Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago
Antoine van Oijen, Groningen University, The Netherlands
Hiroyuki Noji, University of Tokyo, Japan
Kazuhiro Oiwa, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kobe, Japan
David Sept, University of Michigan
Matthew Tyska, Vanderbilt University
Laurent Blanchoin, CEA Grenoble, France
David Warshaw, University of Vermont
Bernhard Brenner, Hannover Medical School, Germany


Know the Editors

Each month we feature a Biophysical Journal (BJ) editor and highlight a BJ section.

E. Michael Ostap (pictured above), University of Pennsylvania, Associate Editor of the Molecular Machines, Motors, and Nanoscale Biophysics

Q: What is your area of research?

My laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms of cell motility. We are using a combination of biophysical, biochemical, and cell biological techniques to determine how cytoskeletal motors carry-out their cellular functions. Over the past few years, much of our work has focused on the use of single-molecule biophysical techniques to explore the relationship between mechanical load and biochemical kinetics of myosin motors. Our more recent work has also explored the interaction of motor proteins with lipid membranes and investigated the activity of motors in living cells.

Q: As Associate Editor of the “Molecular Machines, Motors, and Nanoscale Biophysics”

section, can you tell us what type of papers BJ is looking for in that area?
We are eager to publish original biophysical studies related to:

  • Mechanisms and regulation of molecular motors and machines (e.g., cytoskeletal motors, helicases, polymerases, AAA proteins, etc.);
  • Dynamics, regulation, and mechanics of cytoskeletal filaments;
  • Sensing of forces and displacements in biological systems (mechano-biology);
  • The role of molecular machines and motors in complex assemblies and emergent behaviors of these assemblies;
  • Quantitative models of molecular machines that shed light on mechanisms or suggest new tests of hypotheses;
  • Use of molecular motors, filaments, and other biological macromolecules in engineered manmade devices; and
  • New techniques and analysis methods in nanobiology.

The Editorial Board (EB) for this section has undergone a substantial turnover as of July 1, and its membership continues to represent leaders in the biophysical areas articulated above. Notably, most EB members are cross-disciplinary researchers that effectively integrate fundamental biophysical studies with the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, and physiology.

Q: Why did you take on the role of Associate Editor?

I consider the Biophysical Journal the most important publication in the field. I served for two terms on the Editorial Board, and I highly value the thorough, thoughtful, and respectful review process that has been characteristic of the Journal. This is an exciting time for biophysics, as new technologies are bringing biophysical measurements to more areas of biology and impacting knowledge with healthcare relevance. I look forward to working with the Biophysical Journal and its authors to publish the best of these biophysical studies.

July 2013 Table of Contents