Newswise — Jodi Nunnari assumes leadership today as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB). A professor and chair of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis, Nunnari joined the JCB editorial board in 2005 and has served as an academic editor since 2008. She succeeds the late Alan Hall, who passed away unexpectedly in May.
Established in 1955 as The Journal of Biophysical and Biochemical Cytology, JCB is an international peer-reviewed journal owned by The Rockefeller University and published by The Rockefeller University Press (RUP). Nunnari becomes the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of JCB.
“Jodi has shown tremendous dedication and enthusiasm as an editor over the past decade to help guide the editorial process and maintain JCB’s high standards and reputation,” says Susan King, executive director of RUP. “Her own experiences publishing in JCB—where she has submitted some of her most groundbreaking work—put her in a position to advocate on behalf of our authors and best serve our readers. She is a natural choice to lead the journal and continue Alan’s good work, and we are thrilled to announce the start of her tenure as editor-in-chief.”
Nunnari’s lab at UC Davis uses cutting-edge microscopy to explore the mechanisms that govern the behavior of mitochondria in cells. Her postdoctoral work transformed the way scientists view these organelles and helped found the field of mitochondrial dynamics. She has performed pioneering studies that have revealed the molecular mechanisms underlying mitochondrial division and fusion.
Nunnari is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was trained as a chemist at the College of Wooster in Ohio and obtained her PhD in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, working with Lee Limbird. She conducted her postdoctoral research in Peter Walter’s laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco.
“JCB is a premier and respected journal in the field of cell biology that has been at the forefront of innovation and integrity, and I am honored to serve as editor-in-chief,” says Nunnari. “I hope to continue the path that Alan and others before me have forged to best serve authors, readers, and the public as we identify and publish the highest quality research.”
Read more about Nunnari’s career and work in a People & Ideas profile published in JCB in 2009:http://jcb.rupress.org/content/184/2/188
All editorial decisions on manuscripts submitted to JCB are made by research-active academic editors in conjunction with in-house scientific editors. JCB provides free online access to many article types immediately, with complete archival content freely available online since the journal’s inception. Authors retain their copyright, and articles are published under a modified Creative Commons license.
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