Plant Physiology welcomes 13 new Assistant Features Editors

By Yunde Zhao, Mary Williams, and Mike Blatt

Plant Physiology initiated the Assistant Features Editor (AFE) program four years ago to help disseminate discoveries published in the journal and to train the next generation of editors and reviewers. Our AFEs are promising early-career scientists and they bring their passion for science to our journal, communicating to our readers each month some of the most exciting advances in research.

The AFEs have added substantially to the plant science community and to the journal. Their contributions have expanded our content through News and Views articles, blog posts, and related material highlighting content of special interest in Plant Physiology. They have grown professionally and will build on their experience with the journal. Many of our first cohort of AFEs have moved onto independent academic positions after completing their terms at Plant Physiology.  We hope to call the AFEs to serve as regular members of the editorial board when they have become more established in their careers.

The program is designed to rotate off a number of AFEs each year and to add new members at the beginning of each year. 24 of our AFEs will be stepping down from the editorial board at the end of this year, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their contributions. We would also like to welcome the 13 new AFEs listed below who will be starting in January and will work alongside our seasoned crew.

We, too, have learned much from working with the AFEs these past four years. We have honed the way we support them in writing News and Views articles and have streamlined oversight through the journal online submission system. Additionally, in response to feedback from the AFEs, we are working to formalize aspects of their training and are building an AFE mentorship program,

So, welcome! We are thrilled to have both the new and returning AFEs with us. We want, also, to add our special thanks to the ASPB and the ASPB Publications Committee for supporting this initiative. With these new members, we are pleased to note that the expanded board broadly reflects the topical distribution of research published in Plant Physiology.



Alexandra Burgess (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)

Amanda Cardoso (North Carolina State University, United States)

Jian Chen (Jiangsu University, China)

Gustaf E. Degen (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)

Marieke Dubois (Center of Plant Systems Biology of VIB Ghent, Belgium)

Guadalupe Lucía Fernández-Milmanda (Agricultural Physiology and Ecology Research Institute, Argentina, and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)

Yana Kazachova (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Amy Lanctot (Cold Spring Harbor Lab, United States)

Divya Mishra (Kansas state University, United States)

Míriam Osés-Ruiz (Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain).

Yadukrishnan Premachandran (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)

José Manuel Ugalde (University of Bonn, Germany)

Yajin Ye ( Nanjing Forestry University, China)


The new Assistant Features Editors are joining a subset of those who started in January of 2021, listed below, who will stay on for one more year to continue writing News and Views, help with the transition, and mentor the new Assistant Features Editors.

Zaki Ahmad (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)

Bernarda Calla (University of Illinois, United States)

Igor Cesarino (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Sarah Courbier (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)

Maryam Foroozani (Emory University, United States)

Sergio Galindo-Trigo (University of Oslo, Norway)

Rachel Kerwin (Michigan State University, United States)

Mateusz Majda (John Innes Centre, United Kingdom)

Eva Maleckova (Singleron Biotechnologies, Germany)

Alex Mason (University of California, United States)

Trinh-Don Nguyen (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Jathish Ponnu (University of Cologne, Germany)

Priya Ramakrishna (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Frej Tulin (Carnegie Institution, United States)

Peng Wang (University of Humbolt, Berlin, Germany)

Stefanie Wege (University of Adelaide, Australia)