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PLOS Genetics Editors-in-Chief

Biography for Gregory S. Barsh

Greg Barsh is an Investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and a Professor of Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has a longstanding interest in applying the genetics of color variation in laboratory mice to basic questions in gene regulation and cell signaling, and is currently studying the biology and genetic architecture of colors and color patterns in non-model mammalian organisms, including humans.

Greg obtained his BS in Biology from University of California Irvine in 1977 and then obtained a PhD in the Genetics of Human Disease and an MD in Medicine from the University of Washington in 1984. He has served as Program Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and Associate Chair of the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, and as the Chair of the Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section. His research group has published several papers in PLOS family of journals.

Biography for Gregory P. Copenhaver

Greg Copenhaver shares joint appointments as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At a broad level Greg's research interests focus on chromosome dynamics. More specifically, his recent work has focused on two areas. First, understanding how multi-cellular eukaryotes regulate the frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination events. Second, determining how centromere structure relates to function and how that knowledge can be used to engineer mini-chromosomes as vehicles for gene delivery in plants.

Greg obtained his BS in Botany from University of California Riverside in 1990 and then obtained a PhD in the Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Genetics at The University of Chicago in 2001. He serves as the Director of Graduate Studies (Biology – MCDB) at UNC. In addition, he co-founded the biotechnology company Chromatin Inc. He has also published several papers in PLOS family of journals.