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Reviewers of the quarter

Molecular Medicine would like to recognize the efforts of its exceptional peer reviewers, for their excellent service. The following individuals have exceeded expectations as far as acceptance rate, the number of completed reviews, and timeliness, for each of the listed three-month periods. The journal cannot succeed without its peer reviewers, and we thank the hard-working members of our network.

First Quarter of 2024

Jialin Fu, MD, PhD 
Vascular Cell Biology Section
Joslin Diabetes Center
Harvard Medical School, USA

MOME Q1 2024 ROTQ Jialin FuDr. Jialin Fu received her MD. PhD. degrees and started postdoc training at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School in 2016. Her research is focusing on the study the biological mechanism of diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and obesity. She has been working on the protective effect of glycolytic and mitochondrial enzymes in podocyte during diabetic nephropathy, and she is also studying the effects of insulin signaling on vascular cells against atherosclerosis. Her research interest is using proteomic and next generation sequencing, and single-cell sequencing methods to screen and identify protective factors from Joslin 50 Medalist Study diabetic cohort of type 1 diabetic patients for characterizing potential therapeutic target that could prevent the progression of diabetes and its complications, including diabetic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and obesity

Second Quarter of 2023

Dr. David Chau 
Queen’s Square Institute of Neurology
University College London, UK

New Content ItemDr. David Chau is a biochemist and cell biologist with in depth knowledge and research experience into the pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases focusing on Parkinson’s disease. He has collaborated with researchers based on his expertise in mitochondria biology, immunology, gene regulation and glaucoma. Dr. Chau has also served as the project supervisor on multiple undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. He is a member of the Biochemical Society and Society for Neuroscience and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Brain & Neuroscience Research, SciFed Journal of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Journal of Alzheimer & Dementia, Interdisciplinary Journal of Neuroscience & Mental health, Journal of Brain Research, and Current Opinions in Neurological Science among others. He has also served as a Special Issue Editor for Cells on "Recent Research on the Role of Mitochondria in Neurodegeneration," as well as an ad hoc reviewer of several journals (e.g. Cells, Molecular Medicine).

Second Quarter of 2022

Dr. Paula Felippe Martinez
Integrated Institute of Health
Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

New Content ItemI am Physiotherapist with Ph.D. in Pathophysiology in Internal Medicine (2012) and a postdoctoral in Cardiovascular Research (2016), and have joined the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, as an Assistant Professor in 2013 and became Associate Professor in 2021 of the Integrated Institute of Health. I also act as an advisor in two Graduate Programs (in Movement Sciences and in Health and Development in the Midwest region) of Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. I was a member of Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul Ethics Committee, Campo Grande, Brazil, from 2017 to 2019, and have been a member of Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul Ethics Committee for Animal Research since 2021. Currently, my main research activity includes: 1) mechanisms involved in cardio protection and muscle plasticity in experimental models of physical exercise and intermittent fasting; 2) physical activity and functional health in adults and elderly with rheumatic diseases. I have received research grants from Brazilian Funding Agencies, such as FUNDECT (Fundacao de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento do Ensino, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) and CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico, Brazil), and have been author or co-author of more than 50 PubMed listed papers. In the last five years, I have regularly served as an ad hoc reviewer in international scientific journals.

First Quarter of 2022

Dr. Christos K. Kontos
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

New Content ItemMy research interests include the identification of novel linear and circular transcripts produced by human genes, as a result of alternative splicing. Currently, my lab is also seeking to identify novel circular RNAs (circRNAs) of human genes and to shed light on the molecular mechanisms underlying their biogenesis. Moreover, my research group is studying their impact on the post-transcriptional regulation of mRNAs produced by the same genes. circRNAs derive from back-splicing and can function as microRNA sponges, protein sponges or scaffolds, regulators of chromatin structure, and even encode peptides. Additionally, they play regulatory roles in several cellular processes, including signaling and alternative splicing, both in physiological and pathological states. In particular, their expression has been associated with proliferation and migration of cancer cells. circRNAs have also been shown to play a pivotal role in the initiation and progression of cancer, while several studies highlight their value as cancer biomarkers and therapeutic targets. In this context, I am particularly interested in deciphering their biological impact and clinical value in solid tumors and hematological malignancies.

Third Quarter of 2020

Dr. Louise A. Johnson
MRC Human Immunology Unit
MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine
John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

New Content ItemDr. Johnson received a BSc (Hons) First Class degree in Biochemistry with Physiology from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and subsequently attained a PhD at the MRC Human Immunology Unit, MRC Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. Her research interests are centered upon cellular trafficking in the lymphatic system, specifically to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which immune cells migrate from peripheral tissue to draining lymph nodes. This is a particularly important step under both normal physiological conditions and in inflammation, as it determines the success of an immune response to potential pathogens and also to certain vaccines. Furthermore, the lymphatic system constitutes a frequent route for metastasis of tumor cells, which may hijack the entry mechanisms used by immune cells, and disseminate to other organs. Dr. Johnson uses a wide range of techniques in her research, including state-of-the-art microscopy and flow cytometry, combining in vitro studies using primary cells with transgenic mouse models. 

Second Quarter of 2020

Dr. Dimiter Avtanski
Director, Endocrine Research Laboratory
Friedman Diabetes Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York

Associate Professor of Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, New York

Assistant Professor
The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Manhasset, New York

New Content ItemDimiter Avtanski is a Director of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at Friedman Diabetes Institute of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, Associate Professor of Medicine at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, New York, and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Bioelectronic Medicine at Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York. Dr. Avtanski received his M.Sc. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Sofia University in Bulgaria and his Ph.D. degree from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with Beth Israel Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Avtanski specialized at Leipzig University, Germany and completed seven years of post-doctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. His main research focuses on the connection between obesity, diabetes, carcinogenesis, and steroidogenesis. Dr. Avtanski serves as Associate Editor for Molecular Medicine journal and is an Editorial Board Member for several other scientific journals. He is actively reviewing for variety of journals and has multiple recognitions for his reviewing activity. Dr. Avtanski is a research mentor of rotating fellows from Lenox Hill Hospital, Hofstra University and Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

First Quarter of 2020

Dr. Nethaji Muniraj 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Dr Nethaji Muniraj

Presently, I am working on development of novel cancer prevention strategy using bioactive compounds and investigating the anti-cancer efficacy and functional involvement of autophagy. Also, I am investigating the obesity-breast cancer connection and exploring the crosstalk between adipocyte and breast cancer cells. My research interest are finding the mechanism of cancer progression by tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) on adipocyte-induced breast cancer. Overall, my research interest is finding the molecular interaction between obesity and breast cancer. To understand the immune interaction by which obesity affects stem cells, EMT, metastatic progression, resistance to therapies of breast cancer and discover novel target for immunotherapy to effectively disrupt obesity-breast cancer axis. However, combination with chemotherapy with immune based will provide a better solution for the treatment of cancer.

Fourth quarter of 2019

Monowar Aziz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Immunology and Inflammation
The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Assistant Professor
Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine

Professor Monowar Aziz

My research interest is centered on the discovery of novel pathophysiology of inflammatory disease conditions, e.g., sepsis, ischemia-reperfusion (I/R), and acute lung injury by elucidating the effects of PAMPs and DAMPs like extracellular cold-inducible RNA-binding protein on neutrophil heterogeneity.  I am also interested in elucidating novel therapeutic avenues by using the immunoregulatory properties of B-1a cells for controlling exaggerated inflammation and organ injuries caused by sepsis, shock or I/R injury. 

Third quarter of 2019

Dr Vidyanand Anaparti
Manitoba Center for Proteomics and Systems Biology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Manitoba

Dr Sen Peng
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Dr Sen Peng

Dr Peng's research focuses on designing and applying bioinformatics techniques to identify biomarkers and mechanisms underlying human cancer diseases such as brain and pancreatic cancers. He has progressively developed, tested, and implemented analytical pipelines for processing, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data and other complex biological data sets using state-of-art tools. These methods & frameworks may be used, for example, to uncover cancer-specific somatic mutations that may be contributing to carcinogenesis, to identify molecular sub-classification of cancers with applications for more accurate therapeutic selection, and to predict patients’ treatment response on the basis of mutational and mRNA expression profiles.

Professor Jason Plemel
Department of Medicine
Division of Neurology
University of Alberta

Professor Jason Plemel

PD Dr Andreas H. Wagner
Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology
Division of Cardiovascular Physiology
Heidelberg University

Dr Andreas H. WagnerPD Dr Wagner's field of interests include reactive oxygen species as signaling molecules, oxidative posttranslational protein modi-fications and their ability to regulate redox enzyme activity, development of nucleic acid-based therapeutics for the treatment of heart failure and Marfan syndrome, experimental cardiovascular physiology focusing on biomechanical phenotype regulation in vascular cells, and endothelial cell-platelet-leukocyte interactions in the early phase of atherosclerosis.

Second quarter of 2019

Professor Rory R. Koenen
CARIM – School for Cardiovascular Diseases
Department of Biochemistry
Maastricht University

Professor Rory R. KoenenProfessor Koenen studied biochemistry in Sittard (B.Sc.) and at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (M.Sc.),   the Netherlands from 1993-1999. He completed the training programme 'Vascular Biology, Cardiac Function and Adaptation, Thrombosis and Hemostasis' (2003) and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences (2005) at the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM), Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He then moved to the Institute of Molecular Cardiovascular Research at RWTH Aachen University in 2003, chaired by Christian Weber where he was granted a tenured faculty position in 2008. In 2011, Dr. Koenen moved along with Christian Weber to Munich and continued his work at the Institute for Preventive Cardiology (IPEK) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany before moving back to CARIM in 2012 as the recipient of a VIDI grant. He is currently a tenured associate professor at CARIM.

He is currently investigating the inflammatory functions of platelets and the role of particular inflammatory molecules in vascular disease. A VIDI grant was awarded to a project that aims to characterize the molecular aspects of chemokine secretion from platelets and the role of this secretion in cardiovascular diseases. Inflammatory leukocyte recruitment is currently studied from the viewpoint of the endothelial cells. Here, the versatility of a particular adhesion molecule, termed JAM-A, is in special focus. JAM-A can be redistributed from intercellular junction pools to the apical cell surface. Thus, JAM-A can rapidly become available for leukocyte recruitment. This process was found to drive monocyte recruitment during atherosclerotic plaque development. 

Previously focusing mainly on atherosclerosis, the topic of his research will slightly shift towards flow- induced vascular remodelling and vascular disorders that occur on a shorter time scale, such as venous thrombosis. In addition, he will set up novel methods for early diagnosis of vascular disease, including functionalized antibodies against chemokines and against JAM-A for SPECT measurements. Moreover, ELISA-based methods have been established for determining soluble JAM-A, CCL5 and CXCL4 in biologic specimen and studies are ongoing to (further) establish these molecules as biomarkers. In addition, he is setting up a research line focusing on extracellular vesicles from platelets, which affect the behavior and phenotype of other cells. 

First quarter of 2019

Dr Nethaji Muniraj
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University

Dr Nethaji Muniraj

Dr Muniraj's research is primarily focused on different aspects of breast carcinogenesis and autophagy. His research interests include cancer cell signaling; bioactive compounds in cancer therapy; adipocyte-macrophage-breast cancer tumor microenvironment; adipocyte browning; and macrophage polarization.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Annual Journal Metrics

    Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 6.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 6.0
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.907
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.446

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 6
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 132

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,105,866
    Altmetric mentions: 1,878